I walk through the hallways of our campus a lot. It keeps me connected with our students, and I never get tired of our conversations. But I’m also really happy to see how involved our students are with each other. Wherever I go, they’re studying together and engaged in their studies. Sometimes when I’m showing visitors around campus, they wonder out loud if we’ve “staged” all of these diverse students hanging out together. “No,” I tell them. “That’s just how Saint Paul College is.”
For me, it’s a delightful experience to see our students working in small groups and trying to problem solve. They bring real-world solutions to their studies, and they find ways to work together. That’s a type of success that is simply priceless.
I think it comes from the College being an extension of our surrounding community, and the fact that our faculty and staff are committed to making sure that our students are empowered so they can achieve their academic goals, and in the process, learn more about the world around them.
Here’s a short recap of my activities and meetings this week:
- 180 Degrees: Turning Lives Around - I along with Dean of Workforce and Continuing Education met with the Executive Director and Board Chair of 180 Degrees, a multi-cultural organization that provides programs and services dedicated turning lives around, to discuss workforce training opportunities for their clients.
- Expanding Partnerships for Economic and Workforce Opportunities - I met with the VP of Community Impact from the Minneapolis Foundation to discuss community impact partnership and the active role that Saint Paul College plays in providing economic and workforce opportunities for the residents of Twin Cities
- College Pathway Development for Middle and High School Students - the Executive Director of Friends of Saint Paul College and I met with a community leader as well as the President/CEO of Project SUCCESS to discuss partnerships and pathway development to college programs.
- Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) - I met with the leadership of MSCSA to discuss Saint Paul College’s progress with Charting the Future Goals and Strategies, as well affordability, diversity and racial equity plan, and poverty and hunger.
- Agricultural Utilization Research Institute - The Dean of Health Sciences and Services, a Culinary Arts faculty member, and I the met with the president/CEO and meat scientist from AURI to discuss potential partnerships with the College and our Culinary Arts program.
- Neighborhood House Board Orientation Meeting - Attended a Board Orientation session at Neighborhood House, an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.
- United Hospital Foundation Board Meeting - attended a United Hospital Foundation Board where we discussed their strategic plan and funding priorities.
- Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Meeting - I participated in DEED’s interviews for the Assistant to Commissioner for Equity and Diversity.
- Metro Alliance President’s meeting – MnSCU presidents in the Metro area met to discuss strategic planning and approach to promoting access, affordability, and student success among our institutions and advancing the Charting of the Future goals and strategies.
- Minnesota State College and Universities Brand Steering Committee Meeting - the Director of Marketing and Communications and I attended the MnSCU Brand Steering Committee meeting to review the Brand Identity System Work Plan.
- Meeting with MnSCU Chancellor and Presidents of Color - attended a meeting with the Chancellor and my peers to discuss status updates about our professional journeys as presidents at each of our respective institutions.
I am grateful to be a part of Saint Paul College, not only because of all the external support we receive from our partnerships and surrounding communities, but also because of all of the internal, dedicated efforts to make this such a great place for learning, where together we can celebrate both our similarities and differences.