Cultural and Global Awareness: Hennepin Technical College Focuses on Inclusion for All

Cultural and global awareness is a Hennepin Technical College (HTC) learner value that is a key part of HTC’s mission--to provide excellence in career and technical education for employment and advancement in an ever-changing global environment.  Therefore, having an inclusive and supportive environment at HTC is critical for student success.  This fall, HTC held two campus-wide professional development opportunities for LGBTQ inclusion and working with impoverished populations--Leadership Series and 3rd Biennial CommUNITY Day Employee Workshop Day.

 As part of the college’s signature Leadership Series for students, a two-part series on LGBTQ Equity and Inclusion was presented by the Rainbow Health Initiative.  The series focused on creating welcoming spaces, inclusive language, health trends and evidence-based practices for creating equity and inclusion for LGBTQ students.  The series was open to students and employees and sponsored by Student Life & Career Development, Equity & Inclusion Office and the Diversity Committee.

The 3rd Biennial CommUNITY Day Employee Workshop Day was held in November.  The theme of the workshop was Bridges Out of Poverty:  Strategies for Professionals and Communities.  This workshop provided key strategies for working with impoverished populations and examined the causes of poverty, “hidden rules of class,” language, and assessment.  The training was provided by Jodi Pfarr of aha! Process, Inc. and sponsored by the college’s CARE Team, Diversity and Professional Development Committees.