Equity and Inclusion Vision and Mission
Minneapolis College has reaffirmed its commitment to equity and inclusion by striving to be an anti-racist institution.
The Equity and Inclusion Division’s mission is to work collectively with our College and community partners to dismantle inequitable systems, operationalize culturally responsive pedagogy through an anti-racist lens, and rebuild systems for the betterment of all of our students. The Division enacts this mission in 4 primary approaches:
- Multicultural programming designed to support underrepresented student populations
- Professional development learning opportunities and trainings for our workforce
- Equity lens focused on better matching policy and procedures to the students we serve
- A staff that provides culturally responsive advising and support for specific identity groups that includes the American Indian Success Program (AISP), African American Education Empowerment Program (AME) and Latinos Unidos for College and Higher Achievement (LUCHA)
The division serves as a bridge toward trust and a lodestone for both members of underserved communities and for those who wish to provide equity minded service.
The Equity and Inclusion Division commits to serving the Equity Statement and guiding decision making in the following ways:
- Addressing individual acts of racism, overt or veiled and working across society to dismantle and rebuild systems that perpetuate privilege for some while disadvantaging the majority of those whom we serve.
- Recognizing and acknowledging that we do not share the same experiences nor perspectives as one another.
- Continuing to ensure our pedagogy, policies and services reflect and embrace the diversity of our community to thwart the harm caused by color-blind racism.
Key Equity and Inclusion Documents and Resources
- President's Response to Minneapolis College Student Letter (2015)
- 2016 Academic & Student Affairs Fall Conference on Student Letter (PPT)
- Strategic Inclusion Plan 2016-2020
- Out From the Shadows of Minneapolis: Power, Pride, and Perseverance at a Northern Community College book video
- Insight News article on Equity and Inclusion Division
President's Book Club
- Dr. Sharon Pierce, Minneapolis College’s President, has engaged employees in a book club that focuses on better understanding current issues in diversity, equity and inclusion.
- The most recent books are Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine and How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.