Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Welcome from the Campus Diversity OfficerSteven D. Parker

Welcome to campus students, staff, faculty, and visitors. I want to encourage each of you to take your part in being a change for the betterment of all. It is imperative that we engage in transformative and sustainable work as it pertains to eliminating racism and oppressive systems. These systems promote racism, disparities, and inequities. Part of this work belongs to the educational system. As we move through time, we must continue to educate and practice in an inclusive and intentional manner that promotes unity. Embracing unity does not erase the true harms that are being done to underrepresented and underserved persons. We must acknowledge, address, and never repeat hatred-rooted harm. 

As we plan for the future of Northwest Technical College and Bemidji State University, we aspire to lead the way in educating true change-agents and standing strong against injustices.  

2022 – 2023 Priorities  

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Experiential Learning Opportunity

Experiential Learning opportunity (ELO) consist of training, and modules (i.e., guided dialogue, and watch and chat). Each modality of ELO focuses on a critical topic involving diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, social justice, racial justice, plus (DEIA+). ELO are meant to engage the learner, challenge and support the learner, and supply the learner with a greater capacity to interpersonally and intrapersonally reflect. ELO are offered to faculty and staff only. Please register below.

Training

Understanding Social Aggression
Date: October 27, 2022
Location:  Northwest Technical College, Conference Room 152A
Time:  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Capacity: 15 people
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The Effects of Racism
Date: November 22, 2022
Location:  Bemidji State University, Memorial 300
Time:  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Capacity: 15 people
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Engaging Equity and Inclusion in Your Field
Date: January 26, 2023
Location:  Northwest Technical College, Conference Room 152A
Time:  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Capacity: 15 people
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Assessment Praxis for Higher Education
Date: February 23, 2023
Location:  Bemidji State University, Memorial 300
Time:  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Capacity: 15 people
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Critical Racism Theory in Education
Date: March 23, 2023
Location:  Northwest Technical College, Conference Room 152A
Time:  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Capacity: 15 people

Registration for Training

Name
Sex(Required)
First Name, Last Name ~ Total number of attendees
Training(Required)

Module Type I

Guided Dialogues 
Guided Dialogues are focused sessions that are tailored to the participants. Each session focuses on a critical topic within the context of social and racial justice. Guided Dialogues encourage intentional dialogue led by an experienced facilitator. Participants will be challenged and supported as they navigate thought-provoking dialogue with peers. Guided Dialogues are intended for staff, faculty, and administrators. They are offered in-person and virtually. Each session is one-hour in length. Guided Dialogues are offered throughout the academic year only. Critical topics are chosen at the time of registration. 

Capacity: Unlimited

Registration for Guided Dialogue

Name
Preferred Method(Required)

Module Type II

Watch and Chat
Description: Watch and Chats are highly experiential (I.e., auditory, and visual) sessions that focus on critical topics within the context of racism and dismantling racism. This ELO is led by an experienced facilitator. Watch and Chats encourage transparent communication and interpersonal reflection. Participants will be challenged and supported throughout the ELO. Watch and Chats are intended for staff, faculty, and administrators. They are offered only in-person at this time. Each session is one-hour in length. Watch and Chats are offered throughout the academic year only. Critical topics are chosen at the time of registration.  

Capacity: Unlimited

Registration for Watch and Chat

Name
First and Last Name, total number of attendees (i.e. 9)

Annual Observances 

We pride ourselves in our intentional effort of ensuring inclusivity. Annually, we observe culturally significant moments in time. As an institution of higher education, it is our privilege to educate our students, community, and world by centering the narratives and journeys of marginalized persons and culture. 

Annual Observances Calendar