Three programs earn MnSCU awards

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

 Two St. Cloud State programs were honored this year with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Diversity and Equity Awards for their positive impact on students and the campus community.

Multicultural Student Services received a Best Practices Award for its highly successful Advanced Preparation Program. APP celebrates its 25th anniversary this August with a reunion of many past participants. APP is open to incoming admitted first-year students who take classes and participate in activities that introduce them to college life and the community.

The Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum Initiative, a two-year-old collaboration between the Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative and the Multicultural Resource Center, was recognized in the category of Innovative Practices. The initiative’s mission is to provide intensive training for faculty to learn how to incorporate anti-racist pedagogy into their existing courses across disciplines and across campus. It has been designed to help faculty develop strategies for teaching race in their courses in order to help students understand how race, racism and privilege are manifested in classrooms and institutions.

St. Cloud State also was recognized for one of its enhanced student programming initiatives.

The Club RED program received a 2011-12 MnSCU Academic and Student Affairs Award for Innovative Student Affairs Program. Peer academic and student affairs campus and system administrators based their awards on such criteria as adaptability, collaboration and enhanced student development.

“(Club RED) exemplifies the quality and characteristics that result in improved educational activities and services,” said Douglas Knowlton, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at MnSCU.

Club RED features special late evening social events including live DJs and music, climbing wall and other recreational activities on campus. Events are sponsored through a collaboration of departments from residential life to campus recreation and student government.

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