Diversity Education Series announced through Institutional Diversity, Leadership Academy

Diversity Education Series announced through Institutional Diversity, Leadership Academy

I am pleased to announce the Diversity Education Series, in partnership with the Leadership Academy, and invite all UST students, faculty, staff and alumni to join us.

The Diversity Education Series will feature three components:

  1. Diversity Dialogues/CommUNITY Conversations
  2. Social Justice Seminars
  3. Diversity Training Institute

For more complete information about each component, topics and confirmed facilitators, please view the series brochure. To register for various sessions, faculty and staff are encouraged to register with the Leadership Academy online. In addition, all interested students, faculty, staff and alumni may complete an online registration form for each respective component on the OID Web site. By pre-registering you help us determine how many people to prepare for with refreshments and other logistics.

Each Social Justice Seminar has accompanying readings. These readings correspond with respective seminar topics and dates listed in the brochure. Attendees should print the readings prior to attending the seminars.

Dr. Leon Rodriguez, chief diversity officer and special assistant to the president at Bethel University, will serve as facilitator for the opening social justice seminar from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in Room 100, McNeely Hall. The social justice focus for this seminar is racism.

Rodriguez has worked in higher education for more than a decade. One of his earliest positions in the field was at the University of Minnesota, where he worked as multicultural youth development educator and assistant professor in the Department of Work, Community and Family Education.

Rodriguez has served as associate dean for Community and Diversity at Bethel University and for the past three years he has been the institution’s Chief Diversity Officer. He currently is working with the Higher Education Anti-racism Teams, a collaboration of Minnesota colleges’ anti-racism educators. HEART is developing an initiative to expand anti-racism training on local campuses. He has been an advocate for racial justice with several Twin Cities nonprofits.  

The Diversity Education Series is free and all are welcome.