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Sept. 14: Student forum to address DACA

An event for Metropolitan State students to discuss the recent announcement from President Donald Trump concerning the future consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in the United States.

In keeping with the message sent by Metropolitan State President Virginia Arthur affirming the university’s commitment and support for students, event planners intend to create spaces for healing, conversation, and sharing of resources to those directly affected.

The discussion on Thursday, Sept. 14, Saint Paul Campus, Student Center, room 101, will be an opportunity for faculty, staff and the community to show their support. The fight for dignity and respect for all immigrants is a humanitarian issue that affects us all, and this is a time of great uncertainty and angst for many. This day is dedicated to supporting those affected, creating an environment for conversation and learning, promoting campus resources and building solidarity. Refreshment will be provided.


  • 1 p.m.: Check-in and welcome, Student Senate leaders
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Healing circles for students, facilitated by Dr. Raj Sethuraju (concurrent counseling service available nearby with Michael Peterson)
  • 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.: “Discussion: What does DACA mean to you and our students?,” facilitator to be determined. Political analysis and resources for undocumented students available on campus; facilitator to be determined.
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m.: “What can we do, what shall we do, what will you do?” facilitated by Karina Moreno DeSilva
  • 3:45 to 4 p.m.: Closing and next steps

Staff must use personal time to participate and must arrange approval from their supervisor or use personal time to attend the event.

Contact the office of Craig Morris, university chief diversity officer/affirmative action director, at 651-793-1272 with questions.

March 17: Campus Conversation

Recent national and local events impose serious immediate  potential impact on members of many communities represented at Metropolitan State University. The most recent incidents are widespread and grave, and create urgency to clarify how the community can come together and take steps needed to realize Metropolitan State’s values of anti-racism, equity and inclusion.

The discourse taking place on the Metro-Discuss listserv is healthy, civil, and respectful, and the exchange of thoughts and ideas is valuable, says Craig Morris, director of Diversity and Equity at Metropolitan State. The listserv, however, does not generate the level of engaged conversation to constructively ensure a healthy, welcoming and safe campus for all.

The university community is invited to a campus conversation to discuss how to support our communities, especially those who are most adversely affected and continue to be targeted.

The conversation will be at 1 p.m., Friday, March 17, Student Center, room 101, Saint Paul Campus.  RSVP to EEO.diversity@metrostate.edu.  All members of the Metropolitan State community are welcome and encouraged to join the conversation.

Inspirational “I Have A Dream” speech was radical for its time

“The time is always right to do what is right.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.

The civil rights leader’s name permeates throughout American culture over 58-years since his assassination and 63-years since delivering his ever-inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech. He left behind him a legacy motivating and inspiring continued work towards social justice, togetherness and perhaps, above all else to do what is morally right.

Craig Morris
Craig Morris, Chief Diversity Officer/Affirmative Action Director

When learning about Dr. King one might be led to believe he was a saint, given his strong moral convictions and words of wisdom which inspired a nation, it would not seem far off. He took great following to the work of Jesus and Gandhi. However, in his day he was considered a true radical, as the social change he called for in addressing poverty, housing segregation and bank lending discrimination was just a dream during his time.

Reminder to complete 1B.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education Policy training

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion reminds staff and employees to attend and complete the  Board of Trustees 1B.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education Policy and Metropolitan State University’s All University Policy #1010, training.

This training is designed to help employees understand their roles, responsibilities, rights and obligations of both policies. If you participated and completed this training during 2016, you have fulfilled your requirements for the current year. Thus you do not need to attend the training at this time.  (You should have a certificate attesting to your successful completion of this training.)

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March 24: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit

On behalf of the Metropolitan State University Diversity Council, Provost Arthur and I are writing to provide you with several updates and an invitation to attend the upcoming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit, Thursday, March 24, in the Great Hall. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. with program starting at 1 p.m. and concluding at 4 p.m.

The University Diversity Council (UDC) recently identified eight critical goals necessary to support the Mission and Vision of Metropolitan State University. For the first time, the institutional Diversity Plan will be infused into the strategic planning work currently underway and will become a part of the overall strategic framework following the summit.

Following the summit, the UDC will meet to submit its final plan to the Strategic Planning Advisory Council and then on to Interim President Malhotra. Next, the approved plan will be sent to the MnSCU System office in early June.

The agenda for the Summit is as follows:
12:30 p.m. Registration – Great Hall
1:00 p.m. Program start – Welcome by Provost Arthur; comments by Josey Landrieu- MnSCU
1:20 p.m. Panel discussion: “How We Can Infuse Equity and Inclusion into Practice”
2:00 p.m. World Café’ – Breakouts to review and discuss the eight core goals
3:30 p.m. Reconvene; closing comments – Great Hall
4:00 p.m. Adjourn

Please RSVP to craig.morris@metrostate.edu.

We look forward to your participation on March 24.

Ginny Arthur

Craig Morris