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Star Tribune: “Osseo Area Schools forms partnership to diversify teacher workforce”

“Osseo Area Schools is collaborating with the university’s school of urban education as part of an effort to recruit more teachers of color.  School districts national and locally are dealing with a shortage in teachers overall as well as teachers of color…

‘Effective teachers who are culturally responsive is mission critical for Osseo Area Schools,’ Superintendent Kate Maguire said at the event.”

Read more at the Star Tribune



What makes for a successful public-sector workplace?


Metropolitan State University Sociology and social science professor, Monte Bute penned an intriguing article about working in the public sector.

From the article: “While our new president, Ginny Arthur, is a strong advocate of stewardship, our institutional ethos is currently at a tipping point. In 2016, the administration proposed measures to resolve a significant budget shortfall. The faculty union pushed back, rejecting changes to the status quo. Management claimed that these solutions were temporary measures; some faculty saw a Trojan horse, a hidden agenda for an irreversible reduction of compensation. Compromise became elusive.”

The article continues:

”Welcome to a hall of mirrors, where distortions abound. Nearly every fact in this workplace drama is contestable: The cause and scope of the budget crisis; the parties responsible for it; the appropriateness of responses to it; the need for faculty to share its burden. Is there a way out of this impasse?”

The piece goes on to discuss ethos and the importance of a mission when creating a successful workplace.

Read the full article here.

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.

Professor Roberta Gibbons


Raj Sethuraju given Ambassador Award from Saint Paul Foundation

A celebration honoring anti-racism activists in Minnesota recognized six people who are working to build communities where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

Saint Paul Foundation awarded faculty member Dr. Nadarajan “Raj” Sethuraju the Ambassador Award  at the May 9 celebration. This award comes with $5,000 and it is designated for the Law Enforcement Opportunities (LEO) scholarship program.

Dr. Sethuraju believes his work and the education of his students at Metropolitan State University are intimately connected to the improvement, evolution and development of the criminal justice community. He attempts not to lead from the “Ivory Tower,” but in the trenches of the system; using his expertise and scholarly work to truly marry academia and practice. When asked what the award means for him and for Metro State, he explained,

“The award is given to those who have been identified as champions of racial equity work by dismantling the structures of institutional and systematic racism.  I am honored and humbled to be recognized in this cohort of champions and to come behind so many great minds and spirits who have been given this ambassador award in the past ten years.  The anti-racism and equity work cannot be done alone; I am glad that there are strong communities both on campus and in the greater community who support and champion this mission.

“Our campus’ commitment to address the trauma of racism and work towards realizing the vision of being an anti-racist campus have been both an inspiration and a vocation.  Our campus’ location and patrons deserve our commitment and hard work that is aimed at creating a safe and dynamic community, society and nation.  I am committed to continue this work everyday with or without these recognition because our humanity matters.”

Metropolitan State University students are balancing an array of obligations and the impact of financial support is great, sometimes the determining factor to reach graduation. This is where LEO can help.

Law Enforcement Opportunities (LEO) is a non-profit organization operated by a volunteer Board of Directors. LEO has a commitment to diversifying the law enforcement, criminal justice, and corrections professions, and this commitment has resulted in the development of a yearly scholarship opportunity. Their goal is to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to individuals interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, or corrections. Eligible applicants may receive up to $1,000 in scholarship money to fund their education and training.

The LEO Organization host’s a career fair each year and proceeds are directed to the LEO Scholarship Program.  The LEO Career Fair is open to all and is an opportunity for those interested in exploring the law enforcement and corrections profession’s to network and gain information.  The LEO Scholarship Program provides eligible applicants the opportunity to compete for scholarship awards.  Past LEO Scholarship Recipient’s in-turn commit volunteer time at the LEO Career Fair; this supports their networking opportunities.



In the News: Solar panels shine light on Science Education Center

Energy for the 60,000-square-foot building, in the form of a roof-mounted, 15-kilowatt photovoltaic array, is provided by an Xcel Energy grant.
Energy for the 60,000-square-foot building, in the form of a roof-mounted, 15-kilowatt photovoltaic array, is provided by an Xcel Energy grant.

Quality education powers the future of our communities, and Xcel Energy is proud to play a role in providing energy for the new state-of-the-art Science Education Center on the campus of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn.

Xcel Energy writes about its $110,000 grant to bring solar panels to Metropolitan State.