Diversity Center

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)



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 



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.  

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

**Summer Hours: Mondays – Thursdays from 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM. Closed on Fridays. Will resume normal business hours on August 5, 2020**

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.

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.   


Diversity Center Programming

Fall 2020-Spring 2021 Programming TBA

Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

*The IDI Student Leadership Program will be launched in Fall 2020. 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.



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

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.   
  • 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 


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 


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


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


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

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 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