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.  

Campus Diversity Officer’s Fiscal Year 2022 Priorities  

Priority 1: Establish an inclusive culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Northwest Technical College and Bemidji State University. 

Priority 2: Engage employees in the following topics, diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice, social justice, and anti-racism.   

Priority 3: Promote assessment praxis at Northwest Technical College and Bemidji State University. 

Priority 4: Advance the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Priority 5: Advance Equity 2030 priorities for Northwest Technical College and Bemidji State University.

2019-2024 Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mission Statement

To foster a safe, welcoming and inclusive campus and community culture that respects difference and ensures equitable opportunities for every person.

Vision Statement

At Northwest Technical College, we celebrate and embrace diversity, and steadfastly seek to ensure equitable and inclusive environments for every person who learns, teaches, works, and visits our campus.  People are valued for their differences, and we strive to reflect that variation.  We combat injustices, demonstrate kindness and encourage every individual to seek and be true to their own identities.  We clearly demonstrate our commitment to the Ojibwe and to other Indigenous peoples in this country.

Priorities

  1. Foster and equitable, safe and respectful campus and community culture for every person who learns, teaches, works and visits our campus.
  2. Promote the value of a demographically diverse and inclusive student body and workforce.
  3. Promote opportunities for students and employees to increase their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous People’s past and present experiences and ways of knowing.
  4. Support the presence of diversity and equity in academic curriculum and classroom conversations.
  5. Encourage partnerships and collaborations among campus departments, teams and efforts focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Experiential Learning opportunities (ELOs) consist of training, and programs (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+). ELOs are meant to engage the learner, challenge and support the learner, and supply the learner with a greater capacity to interpersonally and intrapersonally reflect. ELOs are offered to faculty and staff only.

Trainings 

Understanding Social Aggression
Understanding Social Aggression training will engage learners interpersonally and intrapersonally by investigating social aggression and the impacts that it has on life within postsecondary education and beyond. This training will provide learners with foundational tools to identify, challenge, and dismantle social aggression. Through a bio-psycho-socio-cultural framework, learners will invest time in discovering and confronting symptoms of oppression through an array of modalities.

Key terms: micro-aggression, micro-insult, macro-invalidation, micro-assault, code switching, racism, supremacy.

Date: October 20, 2021
Location:  Bemidji State University, Bridgeman Hall 201
Time:  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Capacity: 15 people

The Effects of Racism
Racism is lethal to humanity. More specifically, minority identifying humans experience racism that shortens their lives. Racism effects the entire human through transgenerational trauma, and modern racist practices. Realities such as chattel slavery, erasure of entire peoples, legalization of dehumanizing practices, and erroneous education have done a tremendous amount of damage to the world. Through the Effects of Racism training, learners will investigate the institution of racism and its effects through a bio-psycho-socio-cultural framework. Learners will have the opportunity to adopt anti-racist practices.

Key terms: Racism, institution of racism, antiracism, dehumanization, oppressive education.

Date: November 23, 2021
Location:  Northwest Technical College, Conference Room A
Time:  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Capacity: 15 people

Engaging Equity and Inclusion in Your Area
Equity and inclusion are key components to the success of all stakeholders (i.e., students, employees, visitors) in postsecondary education. However, incorporating these principles into all functional areas can appear challenging for all professionals no matter their positionality. Through the Engaging Equity and Inclusion in Your Area training, learners will explore practices and actions that promote equity and inclusion (Review CAS standards to define functional areas). Learners will engage in many learning modalities to investigate their own functional area for equity and inclusion.  

Equity and inclusion for the purpose of this training is rooted in social science.

Date: January 27, 2022
Location:  Bemidji State University, Memorial 300
Time:  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Capacity: 15 people

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Assessment Praxis (Student Affairs)
Date: February 24, 2022
Location:  Northwest Technical College, Conference Room A
Time:  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Capacity: 15 people

Self-Care verses Have-to-Care
Date: March 24, 2022
Location:  Bemidji State University, Memorial 300
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
Trainings(Required)

Programs 

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)
Guided Dialogues are available during the academic year (August through May). Please pick your top three choices for availability of month, week, day, and times. We will then coordinate with the campus diversity officer and set up accordingly.
Critical topics for Guided Dialogue:
Pick your top two to three choices:

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

Registrations for Watch and Chat

Name
First and Last Name, total number of attendees (i.e. 9)
Watch and Chat programs are available during the academic year (August -May). Please pick your top three choices for availability of month, week, day, and time. We will then coordinate with the campus diversity officer and set up accordingly.
Critical Topics for Watch and Chat: