A Message From President Hensrud: Reaffirming Our Core Values

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Welcome to the start of the Spring 2020 semester. As we begin a new decade it is very appropriate to reaffirm our commitment to our core values. This is especially appropriate in light of a recent action taken on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, by the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners when they opted out of accepting refugee resettlements by a vote of 3-2. This vote has garnered local, state and national attention, and many have voiced their opinions on this matter.

I write today to assure you Northwest Technical College is firmly committed to the success of all NTC community members — including our immigrant and international students, faculty and staff we are so fortunate to welcome onto our campus and, in many cases, into our homes each year. This commitment is encoded into our DNA as one of our six Core Values: to provide an inclusive atmosphere of respect, sense of belonging, dignity and acceptance of all. These values are unwavering, and are a vital aspect of our shared mission to engage, support, and prepare our students for their futures.

Rest assured, Northwest Technical College will stay true to our values and will enthusiastically advocate for the success and well-being of all members of our community, wherever they may reside — in the Bemidji region or across the globe.

As an institution of higher education, this recent vote creates opportunity for us to lead by example, to illustrate through our words and actions our determination to see that every human being living in our communities is treated fairly, and is afforded the opportunity to live with dignity and respect.

As a reminder, the following resources are available to any NTC community member in need of assistance or support:

• American Indian Resource Center
Christine (Chrissy) Koch, Executive Director
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Phone: (218) 755-2032

• Campus Diversity Officer
Dr. Deb Peterson, Assistant to the President for Affirmative Action (Interim)
Deputy Hall 211
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Phone: (218) 755-4121

• Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (for students)
Dr. Ye (Solar) Hong, Coordinator
Hobson Memorial 256
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Phone: (218) 755-3773

• International Program Center
Patrick Liu, Director
Deputy Hall 111
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Phone: (218) 755-2074

• Student Center for Health and Counseling (for students)
Yvette Anderson, LPCC, Director
Cedar Hall, First Floor
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday
Phone: (218) 755-2053

• LifeMatters (for faculty and staff)
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for faculty and staff offers 24/7 confidential support and is available to Minnesota State employees by calling 1-800-657-3719 or (651) 259-3840.


Faith C. Hensrud, Ed.D.
Northwest Technical College