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Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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Learning the skills to navigate difference

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion aims to provide leadership and professional development on initiatives related to equity, diversity and inclusion. At our core, we are committed to student support, advocacy and education through access and success.

Vision statement

To dismantle systemic barriers and create a more just and inclusive campus community.

Mission statement

The Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion aims to support the retention and graduation of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and other historically underrepresented students; our work is grounded in our Catholic Benedictine heritage and commitment to inclusive excellence.

We achieve this mission through:

  • Student support services and success
  • Employee engagement and professional development
  • Community engagement


View a list of our priorities for 2020-2021.

View Priorities

Bias and harassment

A Bias Incident is defined as single or multiple acts of verbal, written, electronic or physical expressions of disrespectful bias, hate, intimidation, or hostility against an individual or group or their property because of the individual or group's actual or perceived status of being in a federally protected class.

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion/religious creed
  • Gender or gender identity/expression
  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • National origin
  • Disability
  • Veteran-status
  • Marital status
  • Sexual orientation

Expressions may be in the form of language, words, signs, symbols, threats, or actions that could potentially cause alarm or fear in others or that endanger the health, safety and welfare of members of the campus community. To be considered within this definition, the words or conduct must be objectively offensive to a reasonable person.

Workshops and presentations

One way we support inclusive excellence throughout the St. Scholastica community is by offering a variety of workshops and presentations for student organizations, academic courses and employees. Browse our current offerings and submit a request. Specialized presentations are also available.

Native Nations 101

This workshop’s focus is on the history of tribal sovereignty over the last 500 years through law and policy. In this workshop, we will explore tribal and European/U.S. relations, provide local histories from Native perspectives, help to define laws and policies impacting Indian Country and dispel some common misconceptions or stereotypes about Native peoples.

Diversity 101

This workshop will help to develop a foundational understanding of the many frameworks of diversity, inclusion, and equity. The group will look at identities, values, and community to see how each individual’s story has importance and impact on the greater whole. This exploration will also give the group some skills on how to interact with other stories.

Crucial Conversations

What do we mean as a campus community when we use terms like diversity, equity and inclusion? In a polarized world how do you have meaningful and impactful dialogue around issues of equity and inclusion?  In this session we will address these two questions with the goal of having a common understanding and opening ourselves to lean into the discomfort. 

Bias in the Workplace

Unconscious Bias are thoughts or feelings that you are not aware of that influence judgments. These judgments can lead to exclusion behaviors, often time unintentionally. We all have bias. This workshop will explore unconscious bias, explore why we have them and identify ways to overcome them.

Submit a request

Diversity and inclusion resources

The work of diversity and inclusion belongs to all of us. To support making St. Scholastica a welcoming place of inclusion the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has collected a variety of helpful learning, teaching and development resources for the community. You'll also find recommended reading and accessibility resources.

Upcoming events

Contact Us

Portrait of Amy Bergstrom Amy Bergstrom
Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Professor
(218) 723-7067

Portrait of Sarah Stewart Sarah Stewart
Associate Director
(218) 723-6453

Upcoming Events

Bias incident reporting

Experienced or witnessed an actual or suspected bias, bullying, discrimination or harassment incident?

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