“Truth Is I’m Tired” Presentation Addresses Issues Minoritized Students Face

Dr. Jesse Grant speaking at the professional development workshop.

Dr. Jesse Grant speaking at the professional development workshop.

The Northwest Technical College Diversity and Inclusion Committee hosted a professional development workshop led by Dr. Jesse Grant, associate vice president for student life and success, entitled “Truth is I’m Tired: Working with Minoritized Students in Navigating Higher Education” on March 18.

Faculty and staff from NTC and Bemidji State University addressed issues that racially minoritized students experience in the classroom and discussed how to improve those conditions.

Grant emphasized the critical role of peer groups in a student’s success and challenged attendees to think about ways to support students both inside and outside of the classroom.

“We need to encourage and motivate students, especially minoritized students, so that they know that they matter,” he said. “At the end of the day, that’s what they really need.”


Minnstate Logo.Northwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, has prepared students for fulfilling careers in high-demand fields for more than 50 years. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC serves more than 1,000 students with an excellent education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. Students may pursue nearly 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs in six distinct career paths. Classes are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. For more, visit ntcmn.edu