Training and Professional Development

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Minnesota State employees and students are encouraged to SUBSCRIBE to the Office of Equity and Inclusion's MediaSpace Channel to gain access to a repository of recorded trainings and professional development offerings. 

Check out the program and professional development opportunities offered by the Equity and Inclusion Office at Minnesota State. The Office of Equity and Inclusion builds capacity for Minnesota State staff and faculty around policies, practices, and programs for equity, inclusion, and diversity. As part of this work, we design and offer system-wide programs that address competency and skill development focused on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. Some offerings are single events, others are ongoing opportunities and are available online. Some are focused on specific groups; others are open to all MinnState staff and faculty. Offerings are provided at no cost. See below for specific topic areas, dates, and registration details.SaveSave

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Join the Minnesota State Office of Equity & Inclusion as we host Employee Resource Groups in an effort to support employees and address some of the greatest challenges in employee retention, workplace inclusion, and organizational outcomes. The upcoming forums are intended to gauge interest, solicit feedback, and provide a starting point for implementing ERGs across Minnesota State.

If you are interested in viewing the recorded kickoff sessions for these groups, please visit our mediaspace page.

LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group
Date: July 13, 2020                Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm 

Womxn's Employee Resource Group
Date: July 14, 2020                Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Employees of Color Employee Resource Group
Date: July 20, 2020                Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm


ERG Background Information


On Thursday, March 26 at 8:30am, the Office of Equity and Inclusion will begin a 3-part webinar series focused on inclusive leadership priorities and equity-minded practices to respond to Covid-19. Part 1 of this series will focus on the broad thematic areas campuses should be considering in responding to Covid-19. The team of panelists will discuss critical areas of consideration as we work to respond to the challenges ahead.

We encourage you to join this session via Zoom and come prepared to share promising practices as well as questions you might have in responding to the pandemic that has fundamentally shifted all we do. Registration on ELM is encouraged but not required.

Date for Part 1: March 26, 2020                Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm      

Part 1 Content: Inclusive Leadership Priorities for COVID-19      

The landscape of higher education has fundamentally shifted. Campuses across the country are closing and/or transitioning to operating fully online as a response to slow the spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19). Institutions are working to address rapidly changing environments all the while working to meet the needs of the most fragile populations including underserved and underrepresented students.

We encourage you to join the Office of Equity and Inclusion for a 3-part webinar series designed to provide resources and equity-minded practices that will assist campuses in navigating this unchartered territory.

Part 1 - Focus Areas:

  • Inclusive Leadership Practices
  • Assessing gap and needs
  • Organizational response messaging
  • Virtual Campus Climate


Date for Part 2: April 7, 2020                Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm               

Part 2: Academic Inclusion Priorities to Respond to COVID-19

Focus Areas:

  • Technology: Access, availability, and familiarity
  • Culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Accessibility and inclusion online


Date for Part 3: April 14, 2020                Time: 9:00am - 10:30am                

Part 3: Guiding Campus Response to Address Racism and Xenophobia

In the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and others, educators are determining options for a thoughtful response. At first, school principals and college presidents responded by releasing public statements to their campus communities. But public statements in and of themselves are meaningless without thoughtful action that addresses the pervasive real and symbolic violence against Black communities. In this webinar, the presenters will address tangible strategies for addressing anti-Blackness in schools, colleges, and universities. All educators and institutions looking for concrete next steps should attend.

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 Moving Towards ACTION on Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusionc

Date: January 28, 2020            Facilitator: Josefina Landrieu, Assistant Diversity Officer

Has your organization identified diversity, equity, and inclusion as part of its organizational values? Have you made a commitment to be more inclusive and equitable in your daily practice? Are you looking for ways to move towards action on these commitments? This webinar will explore ways in which you can enact these values and commitments as an individual, within your teams, and across your organization. Facilitators will share examples and practices applicable to higher education environments striving to build inclusive environments and address educational disparities.

*Building Inclusive Teams and Work Environments: Mitigating Implicit Bias

Date: February 13, 2020            Facilitator: Dr. Clyde Wilson Pickett, System Diversity Officer

Demographic trends have increased the likelihood that we will work with individuals who look, think, and have vastly different backgrounds than us. While research has demonstrated that diverse teams are more productive, more innovative, and more effective; building such teams takes intentionality and commitment as well as time and resources. A critical aspect of building an inclusive team and work environment is mitigating bias. This webinar will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about best practices to reduce the negative impact of bias in the workplace. Mitigating bias is like addressing any other complex challenge; it demands engagement, creative problem solving, and good data. Join us to learn more and build upon your team’s potential.

Equity-Minded Strategic Planning                   Date: March 24, 2020            
Facilitator: Tarrence Robertson, Project Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

If equity and inclusion are to become core institutional values it is because leaders are committed to high-caliber diversity planning and implementation techniques. Undergoing equity-minded strategic planning allows colleges and universities to reaffirm their commitment to inclusive excellence and to operationalize strategies on addressing educational disparities. Webinar participants will review the recently published Minnesota State Office of Equity and Inclusion’s Strategic Plan and accompanying Diversity and Equity Strategic Planning Toolkit to assist them in conducting equity-minded strategic planning on their campuses.

Recognizing that each campus has its own unique mission, culture and community, this webinar will move beyond understanding strategic planning fundamentals and focus on how to ensure your plan, process, and outcomes are equity-minded – thereby aiding colleges and universities to undertake this work.

Target Audience: Campus Diversity Committees, Campus Diversity Officers, Senior Human Resources Officers, Senior Academic Officers, Senior Student Affairs Officers, etc.

Supporting our DACA & Undocumented Students at Minnesota State - April 30, 2020                  


Building Safe & Inclusive Facilities               

Date: June 18, 2020

Facilitator(s): Dr. Josefina Landrieu, Assistant Diversity Officer
                        Karen Huiett, Program Manager Design and Construction
                        Aaron Williams, Normandale Community College, Facilities Management Systems Coordinator  

The physical environment of a campuses impacts students, staff, and faculty’s perception of belonging, inclusion, and access. In times of COVID19, how campuses are experienced from an inclusion, health, and safety perspective is utmost important.  How space is perceived can have a profound effect on employee engagement and student retention. Thoughtful and intentional design and maintenance of our facilities can help remove barriers, facilitate inclusion, encourage interaction and engagement, and ensure safe spaces. Environments that reduces stress, ease navigation, and foster community, health and safety, are more likely to contribute to positive feelings of well-being. 

This webinar presents several design strategies to help build safe and inclusive facilities through the following categories:

  • COVID-19 Considerations
  • Accessibility
  • Safety, privacy, and security
  • Wayfinding, language, and graphics
  • Appearance and cleanliness
  • Art, decoration, and multi-cultural representation

The webinar will show examples of these strategies in collegiate environments.

Target Audiences: Campus Diversity Officers, campus climate action teams, facility directors, etc.

*Demographic Trends           Date: January 22, 2019

Facilitator: Dr. Susan Brower, State Demographer, State of Minnesota

Minnesota State is the fourth largest system of state colleges and universities in the United States, collectively serving more Students of Color and American Indian Students than all other higher education providers in Minnesota combined. Susan Brower as the State Demographer, travels the state talking with Minnesotans about the new social and economic realities that are brought about by recent demographic shifts. Her workshop will provide insight into demographic trends as well as the opportunity to relate this information to our work in higher education.

*Bias Response Protocol Training          Date: February 21, 2019

Bias Response Protocol for Campus Use

The Minnesota State community aspires to create an environment that is inclusive and safe for all members of the community. Our campuses will always be places of hope and opportunity where all students - no matter who they are or what community they come from - can feel welcome; safe to learn; and free to express their hopes, dreams, and ideas.

Bias incidents undermine our system's efforts toward equity and inclusion. They limit: (1) our community's ability to excel in our teaching and learning, and (2) our service to our communities and state. They also impede free and open discourse and our ability to know and learn from one another. Biased and hateful expression causes harm and creates fractures within our communities that must be addressed.

Target Audience: Campus Diversity Officers, members of Bias Response Teams, Chief Student Affairs Officers, Chief Human Resource Officers and their staff.

*Sexism in Higher Education                       Date: March 22, 2019


  • Explore the language of sexism, gender discrimination, and their impact on gender
  • Bring awareness to the language, behaviors and attitudes of sexism and how they
    manifest in academic settings.
  • Answer critical questions about sexism including 1) What are the warning signs of
    sexism and gender discrimination? 2) What does sexism look like/feel like to those
    impacted by it? And 3) What strategies can higher education leaders employ to
    address sexism and create inclusive environments?

Target Audience: Campus Diversity Officers, Academic and Student Affairs professionals and administrators, Academic Deans and Faculty, Coordinators and Directors of Accessibility, Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQ+, and other targeted campus services, and Human Resource Officers.

*Equity Minded Language Training            Date: April 19, 2019

Facilitators: Dr. Clyde Wilson Pickett and Dr. Josefina Landrieu

As higher education leaders, we invite you to join an interactive learning opportunity titled “Equity-minded language: A tool for culturally relevant leadership”. Do you wish to build stronger communication skills as an inclusive and equity-minded leader? An inclusive leader is someone who communicates in an effective and authentic way in both formal and informal settings using various methods appropriate for the message (e.g., public statements, social media), as well as demonstrating comfort and confidence in writing, speaking in public, and using inclusive language to communicate. Language plays a central role in the way human beings behave and think and educators can actively build inclusive learning and work environments by understanding the critical role language plays in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Target Audience: Campus Diversity Officers, Academic and Student Affairs professionals and administrators, Academic Deans and Faculty, Coordinators and Directors of Accessibility/Multicultural Affairs/LGBTQ+ and System Office Staff.

*Refresher ADA Accommodations                Date: September 19, 2019

Facilitator: Andriel Dees, Title IX and Compliance Officer

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is one of the many federally-mandated laws for which we must continue to examine best practices.  Administering the ADA is complex.  This webinar will provide a refresher on:

  • Basic requirements
  • The ADA Reasonable Accommodation Requirements
  • The Interactive Process around Reasonable Accommodations
  • Interaction of ADA with other laws
  • The ADA and mental disabilities
  • Emerging topics (e.g. service animals)

Target Audience: Accessibility Directors, Campus Diversity Officers, Title IX Officers, Student Affairs personnel, and Human Resources professionals.

*Equity Lens to Policy Review            Date: October 08, 2019

Guidance: Applying an Equity Lens to Policy Review

View Recorded Training on Mediaspace HERE

Facilitator: Josefina Landrieu, Assistant Diversity Officer

An equity lens is a process for analyzing or diagnosing the impact of the design and implementation of policies on under-served and marginalized individuals and groups, and to identify and potentially eliminate barriers. Such groups may include: race/ethnicity, religious expression, veteran status, nationality, including underrepresented groups and new immigrant populations, people who identify as women, age, socio-economic, people with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities, people of various gender and sexual identities and expressions, American Indians and other indigenous populations.

During this webinar we will share a proposed protocol and tool to implement during the policy making, review, and implementation phases. A protocol for policy review provides a structure for institutionalizing the considering of equity in the process of making, implementing, and reviewing policy.

Target Audience: Campus Diversity Officers, policy review committees, Academic and Student Affairs leaders and practitioners.

*Campus Climate Assessment            Date: November 21, 2019

Facilitators: Director of Equity Assessment and Assistant Diversity Officer

Is your campus getting ready to assess campus climate? Are you ready to implement an assessment process and enhance your employees and students’ experiences on campus? This webinar will provide an in-depth overview of campus climate assessment and action planning (process and recommended activities for campus teams to implement). Participants will have the opportunity to learn about strategies and concepts related to how higher education institutions can build and maintain inclusive campus climates as a strategy to ensure student success, employee recruitment and retention, and organizational effectiveness.

Findings and lessons learned from the Minnesota State campus climate pilot teams will also be shared during this webinar. There is always an opportunity for Q&A!

Target Audience: Campus Diversity Officers, campus climate action teams, Academic and Student Affairs leaders and practitioners, Human Resources professionals.

The Office of Equity and Inclusion provides a wide-range of professional development opportunities. If your campus or your team is looking for a particular focus areas on advancing equity and inclusion below is a list of available trainings we offer.

  • The Role of Intersectionality in Higher Education
  • Unconscious Bias in the Search Process
  • Inclusive Practices in the Workplace and the Classroom
  • Leadership and Cultural Competence
  • Becoming a Fluent Leader for Educational Equity
  • Equity-minded Practitioners in Higher Education
  • Equity-by-Design
  • Data-Informed Practices for Student Success
  • Frameworks that guide equity & diversity work (Multiculturalism, Social Justice, and Anti-Racism)
  • Campus Climate Frameworks and Assessment

For additional information such as scheduling a training, training content and objectives, please contact:

Tarrence Ro b, Assistant Diversity Officer
(651) 201-1475

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