Diversity Center

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

**Due to COVID-19, The Diversity Center is operating virtually. Questions, please contact Pa Dao Yang during office hours 8:00am - 4:30pm. Email: padao.yang@normandale.edu. Phone: 952-358-9104**


Native American/Indigenous Land Acknowledgement: The Normandale Diversity Center recognizes that Normandale Community College sits on the tribal land of the Dakota and Ojibwe (Anishinaabe), the first original peoples of U.S. America. For more than five hundred years, Native communities across the Americas have demonstrated resilience and resistance in the face of violent efforts to separate them from their land, culture, and each other. They remain at the forefront of movements to protect Mother Earth and the life it sustains. The Diversity Center wants to take this moment to honor Native communities and enact the much larger project of decolonization and reconciliation.

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 globally.

Response to George Floyd

The Diversity Center grieves the death of George Floyd and stands in solidarity with all who advance the cause of racial justice. The Normandale Equity Council, Diversity Center, and several students, staff, and faculty on campus are working together to bring more resources to campus in response to George Floyd. Resources will be shared and updated on the Diversity Center website, Student Resource Center, and employee portal. Please continue to check back for updated information.

 

Please see the statement by our Normandale President, Dr. Joyce Ester that was sent to Normandale students.

Please see the statement by our Campus (Chief) Diversity Officer from the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the Minnesota State System Office, Dr. Clyde Wilson Pickett.

Resources in response to George Floyd
*These documents will be constantly updated. Please check back for more updates. Normandale does not own the rights to these resources. Please consult directly with the source if you have questions about usage.

 

George Floyd Demonstrations National Donation Support

Ongoing Food drives/supply donations in Twin Cities (Minnesota)

 

LINKS

White Supremacy Culture

75 Things White People Can do for Racial Justice

Black Mental Health Resources

Directory of Black Therapists

How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality

How To Talk to Kids About Race and Privilege Amid George Floyd Protests

The Big Story: Protest and Policing in America

University of Boston - Center for Anti-Racist Research 

 

Video

Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institutions 

Ibram X. Kendi on How to be an Antiracist, at UC Berkeley

Racial Equity Resources 

  • Anti-Racist Resources (PDF) 
  • 158 Resources to Understand Racism in America (PDF) 

 

Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MNEEP)

 

Normandale Diversity Center Google Map Resources

Want to support Black Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities? Check out our Diversity Center Google Map Resources! For additional resources, scroll down below and click on the “Resources” tab to learn more.

Normandale Student Resource Center – Check here for community resources and resource guides in response to George Floyd in addition to serving student non-academic needs relating to free food, childcare, housing, transportation, healthcare, and more.  

Response to COVID-19

During these challenging times, Normandale Community College understands that many students may experience difficulties with basic need insecurities such as housing, food, healthcare, and more. Normandale is committed to supporting students facing barriers to their academic success by providing resources and services to help students overcome them. See resources below.

 

Federal CARES Act Emergency Grant – In late March, federal legislation was passed to provide economic relief to individuals and organizations dealing with the ramifications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This legislation titled the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) established a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for colleges and universities in the United States. To learn more about how funds are distributed to students, go to the website.  

 

Normandale Cares Emergency Grant - if students are in need of emergency financial assistance, please go to this link to apply. Students will need to login with their Normandale username and password.

 

Normandale Student Resource Center – There’s a COVID-19 Resource Guide on the website students can use to access additional support.  

Learn About The Land Acknowledgment

Why do we open an event with a land acknowledgement?

(Source: usdac.us/nativeland)

Acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing respect and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase indigenous people’s history and culture toward inviting and honoring the truth

  • Offer recognition and respect
  • Counter the “doctrine of discovery” with the true story of the people who were already here
  • Create a broader public awareness of the history that has led to this moment
  • Begin to repair relationships with Native communities and with the land
  • Support larger truth-telling and reconciliation efforts
  • Remind people that colonization is an ongoing process, with Native lands still occupied due to deceptive and broken treaties
  • Take a cue from Indigenous protocol, opening up space with reverence and respect
  • Inspire ongoing action and relationship

Hashtag: #HonorNativeLands

Resources for Native American/Indigenous Land Acknowledgement:

Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgement by U.S. Department of Arts and Culture 

#HonorNativeLand video (4:05 mins) by U.S. Department of Arts and Culture

Download the Guide: Honor Native Land by U.S. Department of Arts and Culture 

Learn more about the tribal nations in Minnesota by MN Indian Affairs Council

Understanding the Land Acknowledgement video (8:09 mins) by York University 

 

If you have Native American/Indigenous resources or suggestions you would like the Diversity Center to add to our website, please email Diversity.Center@normandale.edu or fill out this ONLINE FORM. We will review for approval before posting the resource. 

 

Please also review our drop down menu “Resources” and click on the link “Diversity Center Google Map Resources” to see additional resources listed on Native American/Indigenous communities.   

 

What We Do

  • Provide resources for a diverse array of identities and community groups including 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 development and leadership

Diversity Center Programming

Diversity Days

Diversity Days are held Monday - Thursdays once a month each semester. Each day has a focused theme.
Movie Mondays: Showcase a film and facilitate a conversation revolving around diversity, equity, and inclusion topics

Tip Tuesdays: Invite a Normandale Staff/Faculty to the center to talk about their support services/resources for students

Wisdom Wednesdays: Invite external community members to give presentations or trainings about their services, tools, and/or resources with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion

Throwback Thursdays: Engage in historical events that is still relevant to current events 

Download Microsoft Teams to join us! Go HERE

September 2020

Mon, Sept 7 - Holiday Labor Day - No Movie Mondays

Tues, Sept 8 - Tip Tuesday

  • Topic: Student Life - Get Involved! Come learn about how to get involved in student clubs/organizations, Diversity Center, Recreational/Fitness, leadership opportunities, and more!
  • Presenter: Pa Dao Yang, Student Life Equity Coordinator
  • Time: 10am-11am
  • Join with Microsoft Teams URL

Wed, Sept 9 - Wisdom Wednesday

  • Topic: Dameun Strange Speaker/Performer
  • Presenter: Dameun Strange
  • Partnership: International Experience Center w/ Jen Bouchard.
  • Time: 10am -11am
  • Zoom URL: Contact Jennifer Bouchard to receive the Zoom URL - Jennifer.Bouchard@normandale.edu

Thurs, Sept 10 - Throwback Thursday

  • Topic: Third World Liberation Front - How student activism among students of color at San Francisco State University formed to fight for an Ethnic Studies course resulting in a five month student strike. (Between the Black Student Union, Latin American Students Organization, Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor (PACE) the Filipino-American Students Organization, Asian American Political Alliance, and El Renacimiento (Mexican American student organization) formed at San Francisco State University to call for campus reform to create an Ethnic Studies course resulting in a five (5) month student strike, the longest student strike in history).
  • Presenter: Pa Dao Yang, Student Life Equity Coordinator
  • Time: 10am - 11am
  • Join with Microsoft Teams URL

October 2020

Mon, Oct 12 - Movie Mondays

  • Topic: Stonewall Uprising (Kanopy) - In honor of LGBT Month, watch and stay for a discussion on how the Stonewall Uprising made history that impacted today's LGBTQIA+ Rights.
  • Facilitator: Pa Dao Yang, Student Life Equity Coordinator
  • Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Join with Microsoft Teams URL

Tues, Oct 13 - Tip Tuesday

  • Topic: Academic Advising - Spring Registration begins on October 19! Meet an Academic Advisor to be proactive and build your class courses!
  • Presenter: TBD
  • Time: 10am-11am
  • Join with Microsoft Teams URL

Wed, Oct 14 - Wisdom Wednesday

  • Topic: Honoring LGBT History Month- Attend this presentation on LGBTQIA+ Rights in MN and how to get involved!
  • Presenter: TBD
  • Time: 10am-11am
  • Join with Microsoft Teams URL

Thurs, Oct 15 - CANCELED: No Classes MN Educator Academy November 2020

  • NO PROGRAMMING

December 2020

  • NO PROGRAMMING

January 2021

  • NO PROGRAMMING

February 2021

  • NO PROGRAMMING

March 2021

Mon, March 15 - Movie Monday

  • Topic: Anita: Speaking Truth to Power (Kanopy) - Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, ANITA reveals the story of a woman who has empowered millions to stand up for equality and justice about sexual harassment and power in the workplace. Stay for discussion. (77 minutes).
  • Facilitator: Pa Dao Yang, Student Life Equity Coordinator
  • Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Join with Microsoft Teams URL

Tues, March 16 - Tip Tuesday

  • Topic: Normandale Womyn Staff/Faculty Panel - Come learn from our talented Normandale women staff/faculty! Each staff/faculty will share their personal/professional growth and what drives them.
  • Facilitator: Pa Dao Yang, Student Life Equity Coordinator
  • Panelist:
    • Aucuria Harris, TRIO/SSS Coach
    • Lisa Rude, History Instructor
  • Time: 10am - 11am
  • Join with Microsoft Teams URL

Wed, March 17 - Wisdom Wednesday

  • Topic: Honoring Women History Month Panelist - Come learn from a diverse community of women panelist and their organizations.
  • Facilitator: Pa Dao Yang, Student Life Equity Coordinator
  • Panelist: TBD
  • Time: 3pm - 4:30pm
  • Join with Microsoft Teams URL

Thurs, March 18 - Throwback Thursday

  • Topic: 19th Amendment: Women's Rights to Vote in 1920 and beyond - Let's explore the importance of the 19th Amendment and how women are paving the way today in the 21st century.
  • Presenter: Lisa Rude, History instructor
  • Time: 10am - 11am
  • Join with Microsoft Teams URL

April 2021

Mon, April 12 - Movie Monday

  • Topic: For Sama - An intimate and epic journey into the female perspective of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Wadd al-Kateab's life through five years of the uprising gin Aleppo, Syria ans she falls in love, gets married, and gives birth to Sama, while conflict arises around her. Stay for discussion after the film. (1 hour 40 mins).
  • Facilitator: Pa Dao Yang, Student Life Equity Coordinator
  • Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Join with Microsoft Teams URL

Tues, April 13 - Tip Tuesday

  • Topic: Counseling Center - Mental Health Awareness Month is around the corner in May but we'll like to invite you to an early discussion on how to take care of your mental health, incorporate self-care practices, and learn about resources.
  • Presenter: Amy Wagener, Licensed Psychologist 
  • Time: 10am-11am
  • Join with Microsoft Teams URL

Wed, April 14 - Wisdom Wednesday

  • Topic: Celebrate the 2020 Cambodia (Khmer) New Year! A community speaker from the United Cambodian Association of Mn will share the Cambodian history, culture, fun facts, and popular foods that is shared during the new year. Come enjoy the festivities!
  • Presenter: TBD
  • Time: 10am - 11am
  • Join with Microsoft Teams URL

Thurs, April 15 - Throwback Thursday

  • Topic: Refugee and Immigration: The positive impact in MN economy. You'll learn about the U.S. Refugee and Immigration laws and how that has made a direct positive impact on the MN economy.
  • Facilitator: Pa Dao Yang, Student Life Equity Coordinator
  • Presenter: Micaela Schuneman, Director of Refugee Services; Veena Iyer, Esq., Executive Director Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
  • Time: 10am - 11am
  • Join with Microsoft Teams URL

BY THE TOPIC

Movie Mondays

Mon, Sept 7 - No Movie Monday - Holiday Labor Day

Mon, Oct 12 - Stonewall Uprising 

Mon, March 15 - Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

Mon, April 12 - For Sama 

Tip Tuesdays

Tues, Sept 8 - Student Life

Tues, Oct 13 - Academic Advising

Tues, March 16 - Normandale Womyn Staff/Faculty Panel

Tues, April 13 - Counseling Center 

Wisdom Wednesdays

Wed, Sept 9 - Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

Wed, Oct 14 - Honoring LGBT History Month

Wed, March 17 - Honoring Women History Month Panelist

Wed, April 14 - Celebrate the 2020 Cambodian (Khmer) New Year 

Throwback Thursdays

Thurs, Sept 10 - Third World Liberation Front

Thurs, Oct 15 - No Throwback Thursday - No Classes MN Educator Academy

Thurs, March 18 - 19th Amendment: Women's Rights to Vote in 1920 and beyond

Thurs, April 15 - Refugee and Immigration: The positive impact in MN economy


Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Leadership Program

Apply for the IDI Leadership Program! Go HERE TO APPLY. Application Deadline: September 4, 2020 @ 12:00PM.

ITI flyer

The IDI focuses on deep individual self-reflection on how one deals with cultures different from their own. Selected participants will be required to keep a personal journal, attend cultural events different from their own, and attend regular meetings with the IDI Qualifying Administrator. This program will encourage, support, and challenge individual students to think more critically on how they engage with cultures different from their own. The IDI has 5 continuums: Denial, Polarization, Minimization, Acceptance, and Adaptation. To learn more about the IDI continuum, please go to this website. If you have further questions, please contact the IDI Qualifying Administrator, Pa Dao Yang, padao.yang@normandale.edu.

 

 

Leadership Conference Opportunities

  • Kente Summit: For Collegiate Black Men (St. Paul, MN) - Oct 18, 2019. To learn more about the conference, go HERE. *PASSED
  • Overcoming Racism Conference (St. Paul, MN) - Nov 15 - 16, 2019. To learn more about the conference, go HERE. *PASSED.
  • Power In Diversity Conference (St. Cloud, MN) - Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2020. Hosted by St. Cloud State University. Go HERE to learn more about the conference workshops/schedule. We are sponsoring 10-15 students to attend the conference this year (a $95 value - registration fee). Hotel, transportation, and some meals will be provided for students selected. Normandale Deadline: Jan 23, 2020. *PASSED.
  • Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference - MBLGTACC (Kalamazoo, MI) - Feb 14 - Feb 16. A traveling conference within the Midwest. Go HERE to learn more about the conference. Normandale Deadline: *PASSED
  • Pan-African & Ally Student Summit (St. Cloud, MN) – March 20 – 21, 2020. Hosted at St. Cloud State University. Go HERE to read about the conference. We are sponsoring 10 students to the conference (a $15.00 value). Registration, hotels, meals, and transportation will be provided. APPLY ONLINE to be considered for the conference. Normandale Application Deadline: PASSED. 
  • Mid-West Asian American Student Union (Mpls, MN) – March 20 – 22, 2020. Hosted at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Go HERE to read about the conference. We are sponsoring 10 students to the conference (a $75.00 value). Only registration is paid for (some meals included). Transportation is on your own. No hotels included. APPLY ONLINE to be considered for the conference. Normandale Application Deadline: PASSED.   
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  • Indigenous Men & Men of Color Student Leadership Conference (Brooklyn Park, MN) - April 17, 2020 @ 8:00am - 2:00pm. A conference put together by the Minnesota State Colleges and University system. It is a traveling conference amongst the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. This year it will be held at North Hennepin Community College. Please keep checking back for more details on registration and contact. 
    Indigenous Men and Men of Color

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 including 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 

Suggestions/Recommendations:


The Diversity Center is currently seeking suggestions for the following categories:
  • Authors/Books
  • Guest Speakers 
  • Trainers  
  • Performers (musician, 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 

Resources

Diversity Center Google Map Resources

The Diversity Center Google Map Resources list organizations that supports Asian Americans, Black/African Americans, Native Americans/American Indian/Indigenous Peoples, Latinx Americans, Womyn, Disability/Accessibility, LGBTQIA+, and Additional People of Color owned organizations.

 

*The Diversity Center at Normandale Community College does not assume responsibility for the quality of services provided by outside agencies or websites listed. Inclusion in the list does not imply endorsement nor does omission indicate disapproval.

 

Normandale Resources

Normandale Latinx Resources

Support Latino/x identified students with resources but not limited to campus life, Latinos United at Normandale in Action (LUNA) club, undocumented/DREAMers, Latinx Family events, and more.

 

Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)

Provides accommodations for students with disabilities. The goal of the program is to offer students with documented disabilities equal access to Normandale courses, programs and events through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. Accommodations are determined on a case by case basis.

 

TRIO/Student Support Services

http://www.normandale.edu/trio-sss

TRIO/Student Support Services aspires to significantly impact the lives of students, providing intentional support, access, and opportunity to students who are low-income, first-generation college students, and/or students with disabilities, resulting in high levels of persistence, performance, and completion.

 

Advising and Services for Veterans

http://www.normandale.edu/advising-and-services/veterans)

Normandale honors this country’s veterans and military service members by providing steps that will help ensure their transition back to school and the community.

 

Minnesota Councils

Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans

Minnesota Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage

Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs

Minnesota Indian Affairs Council

External Resources

55 Mental Health Resources for People of Color

Diversity Center Advisory Committee

The Diversity Center has an Advisory Committee made up of students, staff, and faculty that support and guide the center's work. If you are a student who is interested in joining the Diversity Club, or if you are a staff or faculty member who is interested in being a part of the Diversity Center Advisory Committee, please contact, Pa Dao Yang.

2020-2021 members:

Beena Cook, Tutoring Center Coordinator, Tutoring Center
Hamza Noor, Student, Student Senate/Black Student Alliance/Muslim Student Association
Jennifer Bouchard, Instructor, World Languages
John Parker-Der Boghossian, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Human Resources
Mariel Woods, Student, Student Senate/Black Student Alliance
Mohamedid Ali, Student, Student Senate/Black Student Alliance/Muslim Student Association
Njia Lawrence-Porter, Academic Advisor, Advising and Counseling
Willie Johnson, Instructor, Communication     

2019-2020 members: 

Amber Lee, Student, Diversity Club
Beena Cook
, Tutoring Center Coordinator, Tutoring Center
De'Andre Avaloz, TRIO Upward Bound Advisor, TRIO Upward Bound
Estefany Lisseth Mejia Rodas, Student, Diversity Club
Hamza Noor, Student, Student Senate/Black Student Alliance/Muslim Student Association
Hao Taing, Student, Diversity Club
Henry Ritzinger, Student, Student Senate
Jennifer Bouchard, 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

Reserving the Diversity Center

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

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

Diversity Center Events

For Information on our upcoming Diversity Center Events, please follow the link below (Will be updated soon)