Professionals attending a workshop

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.


Date: October 08, 2019

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm               Register via ELM

Location: Zoom

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.

Date: November 21, 2019

Time: 9:00am - 10:30am               Register via ELM

Location: Zoom

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.

*Demographic Trends Workshop           Date: January 22, 2019

Facilitator: Dr. Susan Brower, State Demographer-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

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.

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:

Josefina Landrieu, Assistant Diversity Officer
(651) 201-1475