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Minneapolis College Equity & Incluson Division poised to help bridge opportunity gap

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October 30, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS (October 29, 2018) - The Division of Equity and Inclusion at Minneapolis College announces the placement of permanent staffing dedicated to helping bridge the city’s educational opportunity gap by supporting successful academic pathways for students.

According to Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Jay Williams, “The phrase ‘All are welcome here’ is more than just a clever phrase on a sign around campus; it’s a way to capture the work of our highly-credentialed and connected staff who are positioned to move the needle on creating opportunities for underrepresented students to excel.”

The College’s Equity and Inclusion Division accomplishes its work through a highly active committee that coordinates the work of approximately 80 people across campus to plan and implement its initiatives. The division’s staff oversees programming and support for specific identity groups including the American Indian Success Program (AISP), African American Education Empowerment Program (AME) and Latinos Unidos for College and Higher Achievement (LUCHA).

Aside from Williams, the division include the following staff members:
  • Nanette Missaghi, Director of Equity and Inclusion
  • Randy Gresczyk, American Indian Success Coordinator
  • Charles Watson, African American Empowerment Coordinator
A search is underway for a Recruiter and Empowerment Coordinator to connect the College to the local Hispanic community. The division also has a dedicated administrative support person. The College’s Professional Development Coordinator also dedicates a significant portion of time to incorporating equity and inclusion training into employee curriculum.

According to 2018 enrollment data, the majority of Minneapolis College students continue to be underrepresented: low-income, students of color and/or first-generation students who don't fit the traditional, four-year college student model. To support students in achieving their higher education goals, Minneapolis College is changing its approach from fitting students to the college's needs to fitting the college to meet students’ needs.

“Our Equity and Inclusion Division is securing a better future for the many students whose lives are being transformed because of their experiences at Minneapolis College,” said President Sharon Pierce. “This work ensures our graduates are prepared for the diverse, global economy as they enter the workforce.”
 
Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system and offers students more than 150 liberal arts, career and technical programs designed to prepare them for good jobs in high-demand professions or to transfer to a four‐year college or university. Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, more than 11,000 students enroll annually in credit and non-credit programs. The College’s Foundation provides scholarships and emergency assistance awards to highly motivated, low-income students. Without this support, most of these students would be unable to pursue their academic dreams. For additional information, please visit Minneapolis.edu.
Contact:
Deanna Sheely, Chief Communications Officer
(612) 659-6537