We are delighted to see so many students back on campus! As I walk the hallways and beautiful grounds, I experience new energy, renewed optimism, and hope of a promising future for our students and community. To our students, thank you for trusting us with your future and giving us the opportunity to serve you.
I’m grateful to all of our staff and faculty who made this first week of fall semester pleasant for our students. Whether you answered a question, served breakfast, scooped ice cream, delivered a slice of pizza, or accompanied a student to where they needed to be, your approach and caring attitude made the difference to our students.
Here’s a short recap of my week:
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce — I met with the Senior Policy Fellow of
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce to discuss how Saint Paul College can pursue internationalization of its
career and technical programs.
Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood – I attended a
Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood Board of Directors meeting to discuss how we can apply for the new Promise Neighborhood federal grant.
United Hospital Foundation – I met with the governance committee chair from the
United Hospital Foundation to discuss the role of diversity in recruiting board members.
Welcome Week –Saint Paul College staff served pancakes, ice cream, and pizza to welcome students back to school and wish them a successful semester.
Promoting racial equity and narrowing disparities – I attended a meeting with several area executive leaders at the
Wilder Foundation to discuss organizational cultural competencies. We talked about what actions are needed to advocate for policy change and ways promote racial equity.
Comprehensive Workplace Solution Model meeting – Several Minnesota State Colleges and Universities administrators and presidents continued to work on a draft of the Comprehensive Workforce Solution Model. This model will be used to ensure we leverage our customized training and continuing education to strengthen Minnesota’s workforce in a manner that is financially sustainable.
Partnership with Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and Metropolitan State University – I had a meeting with presidents from
Metropolitan State University to discuss opportunities for collaboration. We also focused on continued support and the advancement of
Charting the Future.
In the News:
I wish everyone a relaxing weekend as the second week of fall semester is right around the corner.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College
Fall 2016 Welcome Week Ice Cream Social