Diversity Center

EVERYONE is welcome at the Diversity Center located in the Kopp Student Center, Room K-1439.

Announcing our NEW Mission and Vision for Fall 2019!

Our Mission:  

The Diversity Center promotes a shared understanding of respect, belonging, and inclusivity which fosters leaders to address systemic inequities in our community(ies). 

Our Vision:

Enhancing our understanding of human diversity, thereby inspiring leaders to make a positive impact locally, nationally, and gloablly. 

Office hours:

Mon/Thurs/Fri - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Tues: 11:00am - 2:50pm

Wed - 9:00am - 3:00pm

Diversity Center Advisory Committee:

The Diversity Center has an Advisory Committee that makes up of students, staff, and faculty that support and guide the center's work. Below are our 2019-2020 members: 

Beena Cook, Tutoring Center Cooridnator, Tutoring Center
De'Andre Avaloz, TRIO Upward Bound Advisor, TRIO Upward Bound
Estefany Lisseth Mejia Rodas, Student, Diversity Club
Hao Taing, Student, Diversity Club
Jennifer Bouchard, French Instructor, World Languages
John Parker-Der Boghossian, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Human Resources
Kenny White, TRIO Upward Bound Advisor, TRIO Upward Bound
Lauren Schumann, Access Program Coordinator, Office for Students with Disabilities
Naimo Osman, Student, Diversity Club
Njia Lawrence-Porter, Academic Advisor, Advising and Counseling
Willie Johnson, Instructor, Communication     
Vichetra Heng, Student, Diversity Club
Zachary Knutsen, Student, Diversity Club
Zoe Walker, Student, Student Senate 

If you are a student who is interested in joining the Diversity Club, please contact the advisor, Pa Dao Yang - padao.yang@normandale.edu
If you are a Staff or Faculty who is interested in being a part of the Diversity Center Advisory Committee, please contact Pa Dao Yang - padao.yang@normandale.edu 

What We Do:

  • Provide resources for a diverse array of identities and community groups but not limited to: American Indian/Native America, Disabilities, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, Pan-African, Pan-Asian, Veterans, and more. We provide resources regarding community organizations, civic engagement, leadership development, conferences, trainings, podcasts, and more. 
  • Intercultural Development Inventory training for student leaders
  • Provide programming that addresses diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Plan diverse events/programs to support student develoment and leadership 

Diversity Library:

In collaboration with the Diversity Club, we are forming a Diversity Library to be added into the Diversity Center! Please help us build this library by giving some suggestions of authors or books that you know of. We highly encourage authors and books but not limited to American Indian/Native America, Disabilities, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, Pan-African, Pan-Asian, Womyn, and Military/Veterans experience/perspectives. Please email: Pa Dao Yang - padao.yang@normandale.edu


The Diversity Center is currently seeking suggestions for the following categories:
  • Authors/Books
  • Guest Speakers 
  • Trainers  
  • Performers (muscian, visual artist, poet, dancer, drummers, etc)
  • Restaurants/Business Owners 

To uplift the voices of underserved and underrepresented populations, a high preference is going to be given to communities from American Indian/Native America, Disabilities, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, Pan-African, Pan-Asian, and/or Womyn. Please send your suggestions/recommendations to Pa Dao Yang - padao.yang@normandale.edu

Reserving the Diversity Center K 1439:

If you wish to reserve the Diversity Center, please contact Pa Dao Yang at padao.yang@normandale.edu or call 952-358-9104 (office) or 952-358-8436 (Diversity Center). 

The Diversity Center has priority to schedule programming, events, trainings, and workshops before allowing student clubs and outside departments to reserve the space. 


Pa Dao Yang
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Student Life Equity Coordinator
Email: padao.yang@normandale.edu
Phone: 952-358-9104
Office: Kopp Student Center (K) 1402