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MSCSA Thanks Governor Dayton for his Commitment to Equity and Inclusion for The State of Minnesota

MSCSA has recently sent a letter to the Office of the Governor to thank Mark Dayton for his initiative to diversify the “fabric of state government” and his commitment to equity and inclusion for the State of Minnesota. As a shared priority, the Minnesota State College Student Association is hoping that we can identify areas to work collaboratively on this initiative. Below you can find a copy of the letter that was sent.

If you have any questions, please contact Director of Policy Becca Branum at bbranum@mscsa.org.



Governor Mark Dayton
Office of the Governor & Lieutenant Governor
116 Veterans Service Building
20 West 12th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55155

November 9, 2015

Dear Governor Dayton,

The Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) was pleased to hear your comments following your visit with students at Columbia Heights High School on Friday, October 30, 2015. The changing demographics of Minnesota demand that the state make meaningful strides to make our government and communities more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Your initiative to diversify the “fabric of state government” is welcomed by MSCSA and its students.

As an organization, we have also made equity and inclusion a priority for the 2015-16 school year. Given your recent statements and our own organization’s focus on equity and inclusion, we see an opportunity for collaboration with you and your office moving forward. As you are undoubtedly aware, Minnesota two-year colleges educate the lion’s share of students of color in the state – more than 30% of students enrolled at Minnesota community and technical colleges are students of color. The diversity of our student body represents the future of Minnesota – by 2020, more than 40% of the metro population will be composed of persons of color.

As you move forward on your plans to diversify the “fabric of state government,” MSCSA would like to partner with your office and other community organizations to recruit both student and community leaders of color to the MnSCU Board of Trustees. This year, you will have the opportunity to utilize your appointment power to diversify the Board and ensure better representation for MnSCU students of color. MSCSA would welcome the opportunity to discuss these appointments with your office to identify and recruit leaders and students from communities of color to fill these appointments.

Again, thank you for your commitment to equity and inclusion for the State of Minnesota. The Minnesota State College Student Association looks forward to collaborating with you and your office in the future.


Kevin Parker

Kevin Parker
Minnesota State College Student Association


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