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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Saint Paul College is the most racially diverse college in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, with an enrollment of 65 percent students of color. More than 10,000 full- and part-time students are attending Saint Paul College for a variety of reasons and at various stages in their lives.

Whether students are starting college for the first time or returning to enhance their career opportunities, a Saint Paul College education fits into their lives! Most of our students work at least part-time. Many have family obligations. They come from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. But all of them have found their place in the Saint Paul College community.

For more information about our students and our campus, please visit the following:

Saint Paul College Land Acknowledgement

Every community owes its existence and vitality to generations from around the world who contributed their hopes, dreams, and energy to making the history that led to this moment. Some were brought here against their will, some were drawn to leave their distant homes in hope of a better life, and some have lived on this land for more generations than can be counted. Truth and acknowledgment are critical to building mutual respect and connection across all barriers of heritage and difference.

We begin this effort to acknowledge what has been buried by honoring the truth.

We are on the ancestral lands of the Dakota and Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) People. We pay respects to their elders past and present. Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us together here today. And please join us in uncovering such truths.

Adapted from the U.S. Department of Art and Culture

Anti-Racist, Trauma-Informed Commitment

During the summer of 2020, following the murder of George Floyd while also navigating the global Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID – 19, Saint Paul College made the commitment to become an anti-racist, trauma-informed institution. The anti-racist, trauma-informed philosophy involves

Identifying, preventing and eliminating racism in our structures, policies, practices and attitudes while collectively supporting a culture of safety, trust, empowerment, cooperation and choice.

Workshops, Trainings and Professional Development Opportunities

The diversity of Saint Paul College is one of the school’s greatest strengths. In an effort to promote equity, inclusion and social justice the College is committed to providing opportunities for faculty, staff and students to be continuously engaged in experiences that increase cultural competency.

Equity Training Series - Saint Paul College developed the Equity Training series. The Equity Training series is composed of 7 workshops providing faculty and staff with opportunities to engage in conversations around the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, ability, religion/spirituality and class.

Equity By Design - Equity by Design is a Minnesota State system-wide program to increase equitable outcomes in our classrooms. At Saint Paul College, it takes the form of a 9-week faculty cohort facilitated jointly by The Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Academic Effectiveness and Innovation (AEI) staff.

Over the course of a semester, participants will:

  • Reflect on their own culture and how it influences instruction.
  • Increase their use of data through a unique Equity Dashboard.
  • Identify the fundamentals of Culturally Responsive Teaching.
  • Create a plan to apply these new teaching principles to their courses and measure the impact.

Mental Health First Aid - Mental Health First Aid provides strategies to help individuals in crisis and non-crisis situations. In support of our commitment to become an anti-racist, trauma-informed institution, Saint Paul College faculty and staff will provide Mental Health First Aid training for College employees.

Safe Zone Training - Safe Zone trainings are opportunities to learn about LGBTQ+ identities, gender and sexuality, and examine prejudice, assumptions, and privilege.

Throughout the academic year additional workshops and events will be offered to support increasing the cultural competency of faculty, staff and students.

Social Justice Book Club – The Social Justice Book Club provides opportunities for the College community to participate in conversations addressing social justice through literature.

Affinity and Employee Resource Groups

Saint Paul College supports the development and retention of faculty and staff. Affinity or Employee Resource groups promote employee retention through providing opportunities to build community, mentoring and encouraging personal and professional growth through shared experiences.

Saint Paul College groups:

  • Faculty and Staff of Color
  • Faculty of Color Mentoring Program
  • White Allies Group

In addition to the Saint Paul College Affinity Groups, the College also supports participation in state-wide employee resource groups.

Indigenous Men and Men of Color

Employees of Color ERG (POCI)

LGBTQIA+ ERG

Womxn in Higher Education ERG

Contact Information

For more information regarding Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice at Saint Paul College, please contact DEI@saintpaul.edu

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