March Equity Update


system & campus

bemidji welcomes new coordinator of the center for diversity, equity, and inclusion

Bemidji State University welcomes Dr. Ye “Solar” Hong as the coordinator of the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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multiple minnstate campuses participating in pilot campus climate survey

Five campuses, including some universities, are testing a systemwide pilot of a campus climate survey.

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venezuelan students at winona state receive emergency grant to stay in school

In response to economic issues in Venezuela, the Institute of International Education provided emergency grants to WSU students from Venezuela to ensure the continuation of their studies.

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state & national

NYTimes: seeking a haven in Historically black colleges and universities and same-gender colleges

“It has been called the Trump bump, the black renaissance and the Missouri effect: a noticeable increase in students applying to and enrolling in historically black colleges and universities and women’s colleges over the past several years. “

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nytimes: colleges expand their reach to address mental health issues

Colleges are struggling to keep up with an increase in requests for mental health counseling. Many have hired additional staff members and are experimenting with new approaches to treatment.

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women’s history month!

March is Women’s History Month. Here are some readings on the women’s history of Minnesota.

Influential Women Who Helped Build Minnesota’s Music Scene

In 2015, The Current did a deep-dive of women who shaped and influenced Minnesota’s music scene.

Read the full The Current article here.

Learn About Julia Sears of Mankato State, the “First Woman to Head a Public College in the United States”

In 1872, Julia Sears was appointed Principal of the Minnesota State Normal College of Mankato, which is now Mankato State University. Her appointment effectively made her the first woman to be appointed head of a public college in the country. But, it was not without controversy.

Read more from MSU Mankato here.

The Women’s History of Minnesota Politics

In 1984, Minnesota politician Walter Mondale ran for President of the United States. He chose Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate, making her the first woman to be nominated for Vice President of the United States. Since, Minnesota women have broken many glass ceilings, including being the nation’s first Hmong-American legislator, the nation’s first Somali-American Muslim legislator, the nation’s first openly-transgender Black legislator, the first Native American woman to address a major party convention, and the nation’s fifth state to be represented by two women Senators.

Learn about the first women in the Minnesota legislature here.