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June 24-25: Volunteer at Twin Cities Pride

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Join the Women’s and LGBTQ Student Resource Center in representing Metropolitan State University and Lavender Bridge, the LGBTQ student organization, at this year’s Twin Cities Pride Festival. The festival will be Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25.
Volunteers are need to be present at the booth for  two-hour shifts. The resource center encourages first-time attendees to volunteer and experience the diversity, culture, information, festivities, and community that Twin Cities Pride engenders.  Past volunteers are also welcome to continue the tradition of representing Metropolitan State in the community. Be a part of a Twin Cities tradition of celebrating diversity, fostering inclusion, inspiring education, and creating awareness about issues that impact the LGBTQIA+ community.
Learn more about Twin Cities Pride, here:  https://www.tcpride.org/
Sign up for volunteer shifts using this link:
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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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Aug. 22-25: TRiO open house

To celebrate the start of the  fall semester, TRIO is hosting an open house at Founders Hall, Lower Level, Suite 100. Meet the new TRIO staff, learn more about the program, and schedule on-on-one meetings.

Visit the office during the following times:
Monday, Aug. 22,  noon to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 23, 1 to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 25, noon to 4 p.m.

TRiO welcomes new advisors and retention specialists

TRIO-Student Support Services welcomes Tam Knapton and Erin Harley as they join with TRIO advising staff Pa Yong Xiong and Tom Boylan. The four TRIO advisors and retention specialists will be working with Metro’s selected undergraduate students who are first generation college students, students who are receiving a Pell grant through federal financial aid and have a documented disability. TRIO-Student Support Services provides a variety of retention services, enriched advising, peer study strategies, mentoring, leadership, and cultural development programming. Tom Boylan is in his sixth year with TRIO. PaYong Xiong begins her third year and has been selected as part of the permanent staffing.


Tam Knapton is coming to us from Saint Paul College where she worked as an academic success coordinator. She got her start in Student Affairs working as a residence hall director at the University of Minnesota. She then transitioned into the academic side and explored the “for profit” world at Globe University before moving into the MnSCU system. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders at UW-Oshkosh and her master’s degree experiential education with an emphasis in student affairs from Minnesota State University Mankato. She is passionate about helping students successfully navigate college and achieve their dreams. In her spare time, Knapton enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, trying new restaurants with friends and being outdoors when the weather is nice.

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Erin Harley lives in Minneapolis and has her master’s degrees in educational psychology: counseling and student personnel psychology and instruction: Grades 5-12 Language Arts. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and English from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Most recently, she worked at Minnesota State University, Mankato as the advisor for University Extended Education (serving off-site and online programs), and also worked at Saint Paul College as a transfer specialist. She is excited to join the Metropolitan State University community and the TRIO team. She is passionate about studying and working to ensure higher education is appreciative of and accessible to all. Her spouse is a photojournalist, and they have a lively and compassionate 6-year-old daughter who keeps them on their toes.

TRIO Programs are federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education primarily located in lower level of Founder’s Hall L100-L108 complex.

Minnesota’s First statewide summit on sexual violence prevention takes place at Metropolitan State

About 300 people from 57 colleges nationwide attended the the 2016 Minnesota Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Summit hosted by Metropolitan State June 9-10.

The purpose of the summit is to bring Minnesota colleges campuses together to connect, and to learn and engage in campus sexual violence prevention. The summit offered legislation, prevention and response workshops, as well as plenaries sessions for faculty. It is designed for teams of campus administrators and prevention staff (including Title IX Coordinators, student conduct workers, advocates, student health services staff, LGBTQ resource staff, etc.) to take away practical resources that will help campuses. 

The summit was a collaboration between the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Violence Prevention and Intervention concentration in the Department of Human Services at Metropolitan State University, MnSCU and MN Private Colleges.

The intended outcome is that attendees learn to:

1) implement effective, comprehensive prevention programs

2) share knowledge across campuses that call out resources and highlight successful programs

3) foster relationships among campus professionals who work to address sexual violence

Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Human Services at Metropolitan State, Roberta Gibbons, discussed questions about the summit; what it means to students, faculty, the state and beyond. She also opined about the Brock Turner case.  Listen to the discussion below.

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Take the Disability Services survey

Disability Services is currently conducting a survey of students, faculty and staff to gather input from the Metropolitan State University community on their perception of the Disability Services office and what it provides.

The survey is open until Friday, June 17.  The Disability Services office appreciates the input from all, regardless of whether they identify as having a disability or not.

Students can take the survey here.

Faculty/Staff can take the survey here.

A Minnesota leader you didn’t know is a Metropolitan State alum: Sandra Best

Minnesota Air National Guard Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Sandra L. Best

In February, alumna Air Force Col. Sandra L. Best became the first female general in Minnesota National Guard history when she was promoted to brigadier general. In her new position, Brig. Gen. Best will be the chief of staff of the Minnesota Air National Guard, responsible for command supervision, oversight and leadership of the 133rd Airlift Wing and 148th Fighter Wing to include all items pertaining to manning, operations, readiness, training and equipping of units in the Minnesota Air National Guard.

Best graduated from Metropolitan State University in 1988 with a bachelor of arts  emphasizing human resource management. Her post-graduate education includes a master of business administration from the University of St. Thomas, as well as advanced education in leadership, public affairs and military operations. She is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. She was a Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Originally from Northeast Minneapolis, Best joined the 133rd Airlift Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard in 1984, as a personnel specialist and progressed through the enlisted ranks to technical sergeant. She was commissioned in 1991 through the Academy of Military Science at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tennessee. Best has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008.

In 2015, she attended the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Leadership in Homeland Security Program. Her career includes both public sector and military service. She serves as the director of Strategic Relations and Mission Support Group commander with the Minnesota National Guard. She will continue to promote the benefits of lifelong learning and specifically the unique nontraditional environment geared for diverse working adults at Metropolitan State. Best and her husband of 27 years have four daughters and reside in rural Wisconsin. In her free time, she enjoys socializing with family and friends in the St. Croix River Valley.

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March 25: The Impact of Poverty on Student Learning

Rashné Jehangir, PhD Associate Professor Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning College of Education and Human Development University of Minnesota
Rashné Jehangir, PhD, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, U of M

Faculty and staff are invited to the IFO Equity and Diversity Committee’s Spring Gathering and Seminar and part two of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Spring Summit at 9 a.m., March 25, in the Science Education Center, Room 115, Saint Paul Campus. This event includes an interactive seminar on the impact of poverty on student learning experiences in higher education by Rashné Jehangir, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota.

In January 2014, the White House urged that college be made more accessible for low-income Americans. Yet, moving beyond access to success requires knowing more about the experiences of these students who have come to college despite the challenges of generational and situational poverty. Jehangir will draw on student voices from several qualitative studies to reflect on the diversity of first-generation students, the intersections of their multiple identities and their interactions with the institutional agents that affect college success.

Optional donations of nutritious, fresh and unopened food items for the Food for Thought Food Pantry are appreciated. Participating community faculty will earn 3 professional developmental activity hours. ​To register, contact Margaret Vaughan at margaret.vaughan@metrostate.edu.

Co-sponsored by Equity and Diversity IFO Committee, Office of Equal Employment and Diversity, the University Diversity Council, Ethnic and Religious Studies Department, and Center for Faculty Development.

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

March 3: Dr. Sonia Nieto to speak on social justice and educating diverse societies

Renowned educator Dr. Sonia Nieto speaks at a Metropolitan State University School of Urban Education event on March 3 in New Main Great Hall, Saint Paul Campus. The event is divided into two parts: Forum I (1–3 p.m.) and Forum II (6:30–8:30 p.m.).

In Forum 1, Dr. Nieto will deliver a keynote presentation on her life in public education based on her memoir, Brooklyn Dreams. In Forum II, her topic is “Educating a Diverse Society Through the Lens of Social Justice.”

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“Dr. Sonia Nieto and her significant work in teacher education, especially in the areas of multicultural education and Latina/o education, have shaped generations of teachers and teacher educators and their approaches to serving children and youth of color,” says School of Urban Education Dean René Antrop-González. “The School of Urban Education is proud to have this highly acclaimed and internationally respected scholar visit our campus and raise consciousness centering on the intersections between social justice and serving urban learners.”

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