MnSCU Invites Public Participation in Diversity Conference

Posted: August 29, 2001

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@so.mnscu.edu, 651-201-1426

College retention for Native Americans, teaching students of color to manage a perceived hostile environment and the development of international businesses will be among topics at a diversity conference Wednesday, Oct. 3, sponsored by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

The conference, "Business, Community, Education: A Common Path," is planned for educators, employers and other interested Minnesotans to learn about and discuss new strategies for managing and encouraging diversity. Workshop topics also include disabilities in the workforce, a woman's perspective on business and corporate diversity.

Featured speakers include Reatha Clark King, president and executive director of the General Mills Foundation, vice president of General Mills Inc. and a former president of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul; and Derald Wing Sue, Columbia University, an author and psychologist who specializes in multicultural training. Luncheon speaker is Toni Reams, a Twin Cities poet and community coordinator.

The MnSCU Equal Opportunity and Diversity Division is hosting the conference at the Edinburgh USA Event and Conference Center, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Conference information and registration is available on the MnSCU Equal Opportunity and Diversity Division Web site, www.eod.mnscu.edu, or by calling (651) 296-3907. Cost is $90 per person or $45 per student, breakfast and lunch included.

Calendar and event announcement:

Diversity conference: "Business, Community, Education: A Common Path," a conference for employers, educators and the public, Wednesday, Oct. 3, sponsored by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, at the Edinburgh USA Event and Conference Center, Brooklyn Park. $90 per person or $45 per student, breakfast and lunch included. For information and registration, see the MnSCU Equal Opportunity and Diversity Division Web site, www.eod.mnscu.edu , or call (651) 296-3907. Open to the public.

Speaker schedule:

  • 8:45 a.m. Reatha Clark King, General Mills Inc., "Diversity - An Imperative for Progress in the 21st Century"
  • 11:45 a.m. Toni Reams, "To Inspire and Motivate"
  • 3 p.m. Derald Wing Sue, Columbia University, "Inclusivity - Creating a Better Path"


Minnesota's 31 state community and technical colleges, and universities serve more than 430,000 students across the state.