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Safe Zone Program Training

Posted on September 30, 2016

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is excited to announce our updated Safe Zone Program.

The Safe Zone Program is a collaborative initiative with Minnesota State Community and Technical College that consists of interactive trainings where participants will learn about the LGBTQ+ community, campus resources, the importance of inclusive language and creating safe spaces, and how to be a supportive advocate and ally for LGBTQ+ social justice and equality. The program is open to staff, faculty, and administrators from MSUM and M State.  Read the rest of this entry →

Diversity and Inclusion Event

Posted on September 28, 2016


Sept. 28 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Intercultural Center – CMU 121  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the News

Posted on September 26, 2016

Take a look at the news stories featuring MSUM in the last week.

Encouraging Diversity in the Red River Valley, KVRR: “After the UND Snapchat controversy went viral, some people are asking if schools and communities are doing enough to educate students about diversity sensitivity. NDSU and MSUM both have plenty of information online highlighting the importance of diversity on their campus.”

Former Dragon Sevlie to Play Overseas, WDAY: “One of the best players to ever play for the Dragons will continue his career overseas. Former all-conference forward Isaac Sevlie has signed with BK NH Ostrava in the Czech Republic, a team that competes in the highest level in that country.”

How College Career Counseling Can Help Students, North Dakota Today: “Many students enter college not knowing what they want to do once they graduate. Director of the Career Development Center, Troy Nellis, with MSUM shared how career counseling can help and what options there are for students.”

Election ’16: Minnesota Secretary of State Visits MSUM, KVRR: “Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon made a stop in Moorhead on his annual trip around the state. This year he’s focusing on increasing voter turnout. His first stop was at MSUM.”

Dragons Linebacker Roehrich has Sweet Hairstyles and Math Skills, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead linebacker Abe Roehrich sported a unique haircut at the start of fall football camp: short on top with lines shaved in the sides and a mullet in the back. … While Roehrich has currently settled into a more traditional hairdo, his play on the gridiron still gets him noticed. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound Roehrich is tied for the team lead in tackles through three games with 26.”

Take Back the Night Sept. 15

Posted on September 15, 2016

Thursday, Sept. 15 | 5:30-9 p.m. | Campus Mall  Read the rest of this entry →

Student Senate Diversity Committee Recruiting New Members

Posted on September 13, 2016

The Student Senate diversity committee is currently recruiting for new members. You DO NOT need to be a student senator to join the committee. If you’re passionate about diversity and interested in joining you can contact the chair, Lexi Byler, at

Diversity Dialogue: Dr. Donna Brown

Posted on August 29, 2016

Wednesday, Aug. 31 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Intercultural Center (CMU 121)  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Working Through National Tragedies

Posted on July 15, 2016

President Anne Blackhurst recently sent an email to the campus community, reminding students, faculty and staff that MSUM stands in solidarity with those most affected by the fatal shootings in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights and Dallas.

She stressed the importance of supporting one another during these tragedies, and offered resources for students, faculty and staff.  Read the rest of this entry →

Article Discusses Importance of Diversity on University Campuses

Posted on July 11, 2016

A recent article in The Forum titled, “Area colleges, universities say range of ethnicities on campus improves learning,” discusses the importance of diversity and inclusion on university campuses. The article quotes Donna Brown, MSUM’s Chief Diversity Officer.

She cites MSUM’s newly written diversity plan, and says departments are seeking to bring different perspectives into classrooms to better prepare all students for life.

For more on diversity in Red River Valley colleges and universities, you can read the full article at

Donate Graduation Gowns, Books to Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Posted on May 12, 2016

Congratulations, 2016 graduates! Are you unsure what to do with your gown after graduation? Do you have books that you can’t sell back?  Read the rest of this entry →

Fuzz Therapy Offered on Study Day

Posted on May 04, 2016

Wednesday, May 4 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | CMU 111

Fuzz Therapy will be offered in the American Indian Research and Resource Center (CMU 111) and The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (CMU 114) on Study Day, May 4 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Please see posters around campus for pictures of our canine guests. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at or 218.477.2652.

Interdisciplinary Center for Diversity and Social Justice Honors 2 at Recognition Awards/Dialogue Series

Posted on May 02, 2016

May 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | CMU 205

The Interdisciplinary Center for Diversity and Social Justice is honoring Lexi Byler (MSUM student, President of the Black Student Union) and Jody Steile (Coordinator, White Earth/MSUM program) for their work in Diversity and Social Justice.

You can find more information here.

Follow-up Teleconference with Dr. Roni Ellington

Posted on April 29, 2016

Friday, April 29 | 2:30-4 p.m. | CMU 101

Dr. Roni Ellington, the featured plenary speaker for our Faculty Professional Development Day this February, will be holding a follow-up teleconference for faculty who would like to continue the conversation on Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success.

Please join us today in CMU 101 at 2:30 p.m.

LGBTQ+ and Christianity dialogue

Posted on April 20, 2016

Wednesday, April 27 | 3 p.m. | Rainbow Dragon Center (CMU 217) Read the rest of this entry →

Free massages and apple tasting on April 26

Posted on April 13, 2016

Tuesday, April 26 | Women’s Center (BR 154) 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Rainbow Dragon Center (CMU 217) 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Read the rest of this entry →

Tri-College Lavender Graduation on April 21

Posted on April 13, 2016

Friday, April 21 | 7 p.m. | CMU 101 Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Faculty Fellowhip Opportunity with The Interdisciplinary Center for Diversity and Social Justice

Posted on April 07, 2016

The Interdisciplinary Center for Diversity and Social Justice (ICDSJ) is calling for a Faculty Fellow for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.

The Centers Mission ~ To create a vibrant interdisciplinary space on campus for faculty, students and staff who wish to connect in order to grow diversity and social justice curriculum, research, ideas, programs, and communities.

Requirements ~ You must be a full-time probationary track or tenured faculty at Minnesota State University Moorhead. You will need your Dean’s approval to receive the six total credits of reassigned time funding. The Center’s Steering Committee members are not eligible. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Faculty Fellowship Opportunity

Posted on April 04, 2016

The Interdisciplinary Center for Diversity and Social Justice (ICDSJ) is calling for a Faculty Fellow for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. Please consider applying. Read the rest of this entry →

Women’s History Month Facts

Posted on March 31, 2016

Dorothy Hodgkin’s discoveries of the structure of penicillin and insulin led to significant improvements in health care.

Billie Holiday helped define the jazz era after being given the title of “First Lady of the Blues.”

Women’s History Month Facts

Posted on March 30, 2016

Simone de Beauvior’s book, The Second Sex, depicted the traditions of sexism that dominated society and history. It was a defining book for the feminist movement.

Woodlands and High Plains Powwow Saturday, April 2

Posted on March 29, 2016

NDSU is the host institution for the 27th Annual Woodlands and High Plains Traditional Powwow scheduled for Saturday, April 2, from 12:30 to 10 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Plains Ballroom. The event is a collaboration of NDSU, Concordia College, M-State and Minnesota State University Moorhead.

The theme for this year’s powwow is “Educate. Empower. Continue the Legacy.” Read the rest of this entry →

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