Category Archives: Academics

May 10: Challenging Islamophobia Conference

While the persecution of Muslims has been on-going for centuries, Sept. 11, 2001 marked a rise in hate crime against the Muslim community. Islamophobia, from the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is the irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against Islam or people who practice Islam.

According to statistics gathered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the number of hate acts committed towards Muslim Americans has increased- from 257 in 2015 to 307 in 2016, a 20-percent increase.

The Challenging Islamophobia conference will feature panelists including Corey Saylor, managing director for Security and Rights for ReThink Media and former director of Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia for (CAIR), Dr. Hatem Bazian, founder of the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamophobia.

Featured keynotes are How Islamophobia became mainstream, Islamophobia and Public Policy, Impact of Islamophobia on Muslim Women, Practical Ways of Challenging Islamophobia, Understanding the Historic Parallels of Islamophobia and Japanese Internment, Impact of Islamophobia in Minnesota and Stories of Resilience and How Islamophobia Impacts Youth and Families.

Registration fees will be waived for students, staff and faculty who register with a valid email. A light breakfast will be provided.

• 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 10 at the University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

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Rupa Pokherl awarded Mark M. Welter World Citizen scholarship

Rupa Pokherl, a Metropolitan State University student, received the Mark M, Welter World Citizen Scholarship for spring semester of 2018. She is one of 20 students to receive the $500 award.  The scholarship, which is offered exclusively to students attending one of Minnesota State’s colleges or universities, requires a vast understanding of how cultures across the globe are interlinked. Students who are nominated share some or all of the following beliefs/commitments:

  • All people are of a common species who share a common adventure in a common home.
  • The world shares common problems (pollution, terrorism, challenges) but views them through differing cultural and religious value perspectives.
  • All citizens of planet Earth mutually share an interconnected, fragile biosphere.
  • All people-all cultures, all creeds, all colors, and all countries-have been “depositors and with drawers at the world bank of knowledge.”
  • Our world is increasingly, inexorably, and undeniably interdependent.
  • No one nation, people, religion, or creed can unilaterally deal with contemporary challenges of pollution, population, poverty, pandemics, and peace.

In addition to these required commitments, the student must be in good academic standing and must be nominated by academic or student affairs vice president, dean, or director at one of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

 For more information regarding the Walter M. Welter World Citizen scholarship, visit LeadMN

Metropolitan State University affiliates honored at Minnesota Campus Compact

The Minnesota Campus Compact recognizes effective leaders that assist in the development of engaged citizens, the well-being of our communities and a shared civic responsibility. Three of Metropolitan State University’s affiliates have shown exemplary work towards building Minnesota Campus Compact’s mission. Sharon Brooks, a student of the Advocacy and Political Leadership program; Kathleen Cole, assistant professor of the Social Science department; Pakou Hang, executive director of Hmong American Farmers Association will receive their awards at an event April 19 at Hamline University in Saint Paul. Awards are presented at Minnesota Campus Compact’s annual statewide summit and awards luncheon.

 Presidents’ Student Leadership Award 

Sharon Brooks, master of Advocacy and Political Leadership 

Sharon Brooks, Metropolitan State University’s Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership program, is founder of Peace of Hope, a non-profit dedicated to supporting Twin Cities’ families with members in prison. Sharon has provided skills training, transportation resources and education about the criminal justice system on campus and in the community. 


Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award 

Kathleen Cole, assistant professor, Social Science department 

Kathleen’s efforts in activism within the university and in the community have notably advanced the civic mission of Metropolitan State University. From coordinating a campus residency for Black Lives Matter Minneapolis to joining the national Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) leadership team, Kathleen pursues racial justice while deepening learning opportunities for students. 


Presidents’ Community Partner Award 

Pakou Hang, executive director, Hmong American Farmers Association 

Hmong American Farmers Association advances the prosperity of Hmong farmers through cooperative endeavors, capacity-building and advocacy. HAFA provides thought leadership and actionable partnership in Metropolitan State University’s effort to fulfill its mission as an anchor institution on St. Paul’s East Side, notably, regarding policies and practices that affect community wealth. 


New certificate program: Corrections Professional Certificate Program

New for fall 2018, Metropolitan State University will begin offering the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), Corrections Professional Certificate. This program is comprised of existing courses and courses that are currently going through the curriculum approval process, which have received approval for fall.

Current students pursuing corrections can enroll in this program as electives, and they will be eligible for financial aid like all other classes. This program is also open to non-degree-seeking students, for whom this program would not be eligible for financial aid.

These courses will be held at Midway Campus. The application window is currently open, and the deadline to apply is May 1 (the end of spring semester).

Click here for detailed information about this new program.

April 5: College of Liberal Arts Welcome Night

Come find out how the liberal arts uniquely support life-long learning and professional development. Faculty, advisors, and College of Liberal Arts Dean Craig Hansen explain how the liberal arts develop core competencies that enhance your career and life path.

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Meet with faculty and advisors 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 5, Library and Learning Center, 645 East 7th St., Saint Paul, over delicious appetizers for great conversation, program information and class scheduling assistance.  Learn about your major program options, degree completion planning, and summer and fall 2018 class registration. Feel free to bring a laptop. All prospective and current students are welcome, regardless of degree.

RSVP and send questions to Early RSVPs receive a free parking voucher.

Hennepin Technical College and Metropolitan State University launch partnership

Hennepin Technical College and Metropolitan State University signed an agreement for a new educational partnership that will provide a pathway for students to achieve a bachelor’s degree at the Hennepin Technical College Eden Prairie campus. The partnership joins the region’s largest provider of technical education, Hennepin Tech, with the Twin Cities’ leading resource for degree completion, Metropolitan State.

The partnership was signed on Thursday, March 22, at 1 p.m., in the Student Lounge at Hennepin Technical College, 13100 College View Drive, Eden Prairie. Featured speakers will include Minnesota State Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Brent Glass, Hennepin Technical College President Merrill Irving, Jr. Ed.D., Metropolitan State University President Virginia “Ginny” Arthur, J.D., Hennepin Technical College Provost Carmen Coballes-Vega, Ph.D., Metropolitan State University Provost Amy Gort, Ph.D., and Hennepin Technical College student senate president Brandon Machtemes. Students, faculty, and community leaders attended.

“This partnership will provide clear and accessible pathways to achieving a four-year degree,” said Hennepin Technical College President Dr. Merrill Irving. “High school students can begin college knowing that they can first earn their associate’s degree, and then achieve their bachelor’s degree—all on the same campus. Returning students who live in the southwest metro can complete their four-year degree without a commute.”

“Today’s launch means unprecedented access to career opportunities for residents of the southwest metro region,” says Metropolitan State University President Virginia Arthur. “Metropolitan State is excited to extend its offering of bachelor’s degree completion programs to Hennepin Technical College’s Eden Prairie campus. I applaud President Irving’s collaborative leadership, and we look forward to welcoming students to our programs and services in Eden Prairie.”

The partnership provides another Minnesota State opportunity for higher education to students in the west metro, where demand is increasing for high-quality degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Students who have obtained an associate’s degree will be able to continue their education on campus at Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie. Classes will be offered evenings on campus or online, beginning in Fall 2018. Students can choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in either Organizational Studies or Individualized Studies. The new relationship provides a seamless educational transition for current and future Hennepin Technical College students.

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Hennepin Tech is a member of Minnesota State which comprised 37 colleges and universities in Minnesota. The collaboration of these innovative institutions delivers quality education and exceptionable value to approximately 400,000 students. Metropolitan State University is the Twin Cities public, urban, comprehensive state university providing lifelong learning, and competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and applied doctoral levels.

April 10: Regions Hospital career infosession for nursing students

Learn about working at Regions Hospital. You’ll find a warm, diverse group of people who are committed to helping our patients – and each other. People at Regions stick to a “Head + Heart, Together,” philosophy – meaning we combine medical knowledge with compassionate care to get the best outcomes.

You’ll also find a place to learn and grow. As a teaching hospital, Regions is always looking to improve practices. It fosters an inclusive environment that encourages new ways of thinking, celebrates differences and recognizes hard work.

WHERE: Metropolitan State, Saint Paul Campus 700 E. 7th St.
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 10
FOR WHOM: All nursing students from MANE schools
COST: Free

Metropolitan State University’s Nursing Student Organization informs students about the nursing field and provides them with advice.

The Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) is an alliance of Minnesota nursing programs, using a common baccalaureate curriculum.

Career Center: Visit; Call 651.793.1528; Email

March 22: Book signing with guest speaker Dr. Julio Cammarota

Hear Associate Professor Dr. Julio Cammarota of Iowa State University discuss his recently published co-edited book, PAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Américas, about Participatory Action Research (PAR) and Latinx learners. His research focuses on participatory action research with Latinx youth, institutional factors in academic achievement, and liberatory pedagogy.

In his talk, Dr. Cammarota demonstrates how a PAR EntreMundos has successfully elevated the critical consciousness and intellectualism of teachers, collective members, Latinx students, and other students of color, while encouraging the expansion of these pedagogies to meet the growing diversity of many U.S. schools.

The event will be 6 to 8 p.m. March 22, in New Main, Great Hall at Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus, 700 East 7th Street. Questions about this event may be emailed to

PAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Américas challenges the standard narratives of “achievement” to think about how Latinx students can experience an education that forges new possibilities of liberation and justice. Growing Latinx student populations have led to concerns about “assimilating” them into mainstream academic frameworks.

This book offers an alternative, decolonizing approach that embraces complex Latinx identities and clears a path toward resisting systems of oppression. Educating Latinx students should involve more than just helping them achieve in school but rather having them recognize their agency to transform the larger structure of education to promote justice-oriented practices.

The authors offer a framework for such transformation by honoring their theoretical lineages, proposing a set of guiding principles, and sharing stories about collective social action within and outside Latinx communities. PAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Américas is a practice of liberation and freedom.

This book presentation and signing are co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Library and Information Services, School of Urban Education, and the University of Minnesota Department of Curriculum and Instruction.


Call for submissions to Midwest Conference on Asian Studies (MCAA)

Metropolitan State University will host the upcoming 67th Midwest Conference on Asian Studies (MCAA) on Oct.19- 20 (Saturday) at the Saint Paul Campus.

Metropolitan State faculty, graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit proposals and attend the conference.

Panels, roundtables, and individual papers in all fields dealing with China and Inner Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, the Asian Diaspora, and topical and comparative panels are welcome submissions.

April 21: Student Research Conference

At the annual Student Research Conference students present their scholarship from in and outside the classroom, with examples in poetry, primary research projects, essays, secondary research, performative art, artistic projects, and posters.

This is a chance to show friends, family and the community the work students do at the university. The event is 1 to 4  p.m., April 21, in the Great Hall , New Main, Saint Paul Campus.

Presenting is open to all Metropolitan State students, although the deadline for submissions has passed.. Attendance is free and open to all students, staff, faculty, administration, community members and family members. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

This event is hosted by the Student Scholars Committee. Students with questions: email student contact representative Dr. Kerry Kleyman; Faculty with questions: email faculty contact representative Dr. Alex Layne; Funding for the Student Scholars Committee is provided by The Office of the President and The Office of the Provost