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Anti-Racism in Higher Education Training

Posted on September 19, 2017

Thursday, Sept. 28 | 6–10 p.m. | CMU 205 or Friday, Sept. 29 | 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | CMU 205

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is excited to host Debra Leigh from High Impact Training to facilitate two “Anti-Racism in Higher Education” training sessions for MSUM students. The training will cover the topics of diversity (what it is, why it is important), racism (what it is, where it comes from, different types), relevant concepts (privilege, bias, oppression, etc.), how to address and resolve conflict, how to navigate difficult conversations, how to be an effective ally, and bystander intervention.  Read the rest of this entry →

Student Success Workshop: ‘Building Academic Relationships with Faculty’

Posted on September 19, 2017

Monday, Sept. 25 | 4-5 p.m. | Intercultural Center

Facilitated by Dana Bisignani. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

More than just help with homework, professors can provide guidance about possible career paths, research and internship opportunities, and letters of recommendation – but only if they know you! In this workshop, Dana will share tips for getting the most out of interactions with faculty, asking for recommendations, and taking ownership of your education so you feel less awkward walking into office hours. Dana Bisignani is Coordinator of the Women’s Center and a faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at MSUM.

Fargo Theatre presents 9th annual LGBT Film Festival

Posted on September 15, 2017

Friday, Sept. 15 – Saturday, Sept. 16 | Fargo Theatre

Sixteen films about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender experiences and life will be screened at the Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival opening Friday, Sept. 15, at the Fargo Theatre in downtown Fargo.

The festival includes films from the United Kingdom, Brazil, Italy, Iran, Germany, Hungary, India, and the United States. Screenings take place Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. An extra screening is scheduled before Friday’s official opening on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.  For all sessions, several short films, diverse in style, subject and genre, precede each feature film.

Individual tickets to each screening session are $10; a festival pass for all films is $30. Tickets will be sold at the door in the Fargo Theatre lobby.  Read the rest of this entry →

Confronting “ism” on Campus: Knowledge –> Skills –> Action

Posted on September 14, 2017

Thursday, Sept. 14 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Intercultural Center
Presented by Alicia Sojourner from the YWCA in Minneapolis

As a student or a leader, we all have been there:

  • Someone tells a racist joke, and no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem respond appropriately.
  • You are committed in creating an inclusive campus environment, but would like more skills to help you respond to students.

If this sounds familiar, we invite you to take part in our Confronting Racism workshop. 

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LCM guest speaker: Pastor Joe Larson

Posted on September 06, 2017

Wednesday, Sept. 6 | 7 p.m. | CMU 205

A special invitation to the LGBTQ community at MSUM. Lutheran Campus Ministry has a special guest speaker for worship next Wednesday, Sept. 6. Pastor Joe Larson, the first openly gay Lutheran pastor to serve in North Dakota, will be joining us to share his faith story. Pastor Joe serves St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Fargo, and lives in Moorhead with his husband Charley. Pastor Joe will talk about his journey as a gay Christian man called into the ordained ministry. There will be a time for questions and answers at the end of his talk. All are welcome. Worship on Sept. 6 is held at 7 p.m. in Room 205 of the CMU. Hope you can make it.

Diverse Student Organization Social

Posted on August 29, 2017

Tuesday, Aug. 29 | 4-6 p.m. | Intercultural Center – CMU 121

Join us to learn about the diverse student organizations on campus, discover how to get connected, meet new people, and discuss ways to collaborate together. Free food, door prizes, and fun! Hosted by the American Indian Student Association, SPECTRUM, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Honoring Savanna

Posted on August 28, 2017

Monday, Aug. 28 | 3-5 p.m. | Intercultural Center

Our community is deeply saddened by the loss of Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind. To honor Savanna, we will be hosting a gathering today for those who wish to discuss the events of the last week or grieve in the wake of this tragedy. Dr. Donna Brown, Jody Steile, Olivia Matthews, and Dana Bisignani from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be present. All of our cultural and identity centers will be closed during this time.

Our Diversity Dialogue planned for today has been rescheduled to Monday, Oct. 30 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Intercultural Center to allow for this time to honor Savanna.

Diversity Dialogue: “Intersectionality 101” rescheduled to Oct. 30

Posted on August 28, 2017

Monday, Oct. 30 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Intercultural Center (CMU 121)

Join us for the first Diversity Dialogue of the semester!  Dana Bisignani, MSUM’s Women’s Center Coordinator, will unpack what intersectionality is, what it means for our research and social justice work, and why it’s so important to our understanding and solving complex social problems. All are welcome to attend. Check out this lively discussion on Monday, Oct. 30 in the Intercultural Center (CMU 121) from 3-4:30 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Women’s Center.  Read the rest of this entry →

FM LGBT Film Festival

Posted on August 24, 2017

The FM LGBT Film Festival is coming up!

  • Monday, Sept. 11 | 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 12 | 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 15 | 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 16 | 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

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American Indian Student Association (AISA) Welcome Social

Posted on August 23, 2017

Wednesday, Aug. 23 | 5-7 p.m. | American Indian Center (Comstock Memorial Union 115)

The American Indian Student Association (AISA) invites you to the Welcome Social where you can connect with friends, student leaders, staff and faculty. All are welcome!

MSUM sponsoring, participating in Fargo-Moorhead Pride

Posted on August 11, 2017

MSUM is a proud sponsor of and participant in Fargo-Moorhead Pride.

On Saturday, Aug. 12 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. stop by the MSUM booth at Pride in the Park (Island Park, Fargo) to say hi to SPECTRUM student leaders, Admissions staff, and Rainbow Dragon Center staff.

MSUM students, faculty, and staff are invited to ride the Dragon train during the FM Pride Parade on Sunday, Aug. 13. Those wishing to join us on the Dragon Express train should meet at the Physical Plant between 1:00-1:15 p.m. or meet us downtown by the parade staging area (corner of NP and Broadway, Fargo) at 1:30 p.m. The parade begins at 2 p.m. in downtown Fargo.

If you would like to ride the Dragon Express train, please email or call 218-477-2476. Please indicate whether you plan to join us at the Physical Plant or when we arrive to the staging area downtown. Dragon Express train participants will receive candy to pass out along the parade route.

For more information about the FM Pride Parade and other events, please visit:

Student Senate motion to expand knowledge, awareness of diversity

Posted on May 04, 2017

At our meeting on March 30, 2017, we (Student Senate) attempted to address a race-related issue. In doing so, an accumulation of ignorant comments were made that resulted in black students who were in the public forum to walk out. We recognize that the students who walked out were disappointed in what was said and do not feel accurately represented by us.  Read the rest of this entry →

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Film Screening: Moana

Posted on April 19, 2017

Wednesday, April 19 | 7-9 p.m. | Langseth 104

Join us for a free screening of the film “Moana” with a facilitated discussion to follow. All are welcome! Free snacks will be provided.  Read the rest of this entry →

Bobby Chakraborty presentation

Posted on April 13, 2017

Thursday, April 13 | 4 p.m. | Intercultural Center – CMU 121

Join us for a workshop about addiction and how one can overcome battling addiction. All are welcome.  Read the rest of this entry →

Korean Language Lesson

Posted on April 10, 2017

Monday, April 10 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Intercultural Center – CMU 121

Join us to learn basic words and phrases in Korean and enjoy some snacks. The lesson will be led by Erica (Jinsol) Lee, a Korean student at MSUM. No prior Korean language experience required. Sponsored by the Asian Multicultural Organization.

Questions? Contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at or 218-477-2652.

Slam poetry event scheduled for March 28 cancelled

Posted on March 22, 2017

The slam poetry event scheduled for March 28 has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to offer the event at a later time.

Questions? Contact Diversity and Inclusion at or Kari Barnick at

Listening Session: Experiences and Support for Black Students

Posted on March 21, 2017

Tuesday, March 21 | 4:30 p.m. | Intercultural Center – CMU 121

Join us to share your experiences at MSUM and any recommendations you have for creating a more welcoming, inclusive campus community for black students. Facilitated by Dr. Donna Brown, MSUM Chief Diversity Officer. Free snacks provided.

Questions? Contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at or 218-477-2652.

Safe Zone Program training opportunities

Posted on January 31, 2017

Monday, Feb. 6 | 3-4:45 p.m. | CMU 203

Due to strong interest, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be offering an additional level one Safe Zone training opportunity on Monday, Feb. 6 from 3-4:45 p.m. in CMU 203.  Read the rest of this entry →

Lunar New Year celebration

Posted on January 24, 2017

Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 6-8 p.m. | Intercultural Center 
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Solidarity and community LGBT+ social

Posted on January 20, 2017

Friday, Jan. 20 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Bridges 150

SPECTRUM recognizes the upcoming inauguration could leave LGBT+ students feeling vulnerable. We welcome everyone to join us on Friday, Jan. 20 for reflections, thoughts, concerns, solidarity, community, and of course food. Pop in between classes or stay the whole time from 11-1 in the Rainbow Dragon Center (Bridges 150).  Read the rest of this entry →

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