Many of us have been closely following the trial of St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez. There will be a wide variety of reactions and perspectives no matter what the trial verdict is, and I know many of us are still mourning the tragic death of Philando Castile. I ask each of us to be purposeful and reflective, and to especially show empathy to each other. We must treat each other with civility, trust, integrity and respect, particularly in the context of this very sensitive and controversial issue.
All campus and community members are welcome to attend
A Community Conversation, moving toward healing, A sharing opportunity for dialogue & connection in a time of crisis, which is being held by Saint Paul College and YWCA St. Paul on Saturday, June 17, 2017, from noon-2:00pm in the College Cafeteria.
Regardless of the outcome of the trial, Saint Paul College will remain true by upholding our values of
Excellence, Integrity, and
Respect, with an intentionality that stands for freedom of speech and expression, no matter a person’s point of view, in the safe environment of our campus community.
We each will need to make a personal decision about how we respond as a responsible citizen on and off campus.
At Saint Paul College, we will follow our values and our policies by creating spaces for members of our college community to process their thoughts and feelings.
I’m participating in this meaningful event on Saturday and hope to see you there.
Here’s a short recap of my activities this week
Ramsey County Internship and Partnership Conversation - the dean of Business, Career and Technical Education, the interim dean of STEM and I met with Ramsey County Deputy Manager to discuss the development of structured paid internships for Saint Paul College students. These paid internships will provide Saint Paul College students the opportunity to attain access for employment with Ramsey County and the state of Minnesota.
Vice President of Academic Affairs Interviews - I interviewed the finalists for the Vice President of Academic Affairs position at the College this week. The College also hosted open forums for employees to meet the Vice President of Academic Affairs candidates.
United Hospital Foundation Board Meeting – I attended a United Hospital Foundation Board meeting where we discussed their strategic plan and funding priorities.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Students Association and Chancellor’s Meeting – I met with Chancellor Rosenstone and members of
Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) and
Student United as part of their monthly meeting. MSCSA/LeadMN represents students from all of our two year Colleges and Student United represents students from Minnesota State universities. Topics included: budget consultation, tuition/fees, legislative student fee language implications, ISRS, and Chief Diversity Officer search update.
Meeting with a Consultant - I met with a consultant who is currently working on developing the strategic plan for Construction Occupational Cluster system change. Saint Paul College is leading this initiative, which is funded by MSPWIN and McKnight Foundation. Ultimately, this strategic plan will serve as the roadmap to address supply and demand challenges for high skills, high wage construction cluster occupations that many contractors are trying to address by finding qualified diverse skilled trades employees. The Workgroup participants include representatives from community based organizations, skilled trades unions, major employers, and the Department of Labor.
Meeting with a High Tech Industrial Metrology Manufacturing Equipment Firm - I along with the dean of Business, Career and Technical Education and the interim dean of STEM met with the representative of a German high technology manufacturing firm that produces coordinate measurement machines. This company partnered with Saint Paul College provided over $1.0 million in donations and training for our students and faculty.
Central Corridor Anchor Partnership Nursing Initiative - I attended the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership Employer and Education Partners Workgroup meeting at Metropolitan State University. This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and is focused on providing pathways for nursing students from two year institutions (ADN) to four year degrees (BSN).
Communities in Schools (CIS) - I attended an initial meeting of
Communities in Schools national network with a group consisting of community leaders, philanthropists, and public schools, as well as City of St. Paul. The CIS initiative is geared to provide wrap around integrated systems/services to students, their family, and school employees to escalate student success and achievement.
Gateway to College Success – Equity & Inclusion - Every day, we hear about equity and inclusion, but at Saint Paul College, by implementing intentional partnerships with Saint Paul Public Schools through Gateway to College, we have been able to provide a pathway to success and high school degree completion as well as each student being able to cement their way to attaining a solid and meaningful higher education opportunity. Here is a video with clip s from their Gateway to College their personal stories held at Saint Paul College: http://www.spps.org/domain/11190
Our Rights – Justice for All - I along several community members attended the screening of our Rights-Justice for All at the Minnesota Public Television. This is a series based on Minnesota's efforts to establish and protect the human rights for everyone. Included are landmark advances in employment rights, access to housing, same sex marriage and other advances that promote justice and inclusion while challenging discrimination.
In the news:
MTS Minnesota Connections Academy Celebrates Graduation Honors Seniors
Last but not least, Father’s Day is on Sunday. I want to urge all of us to celebrate our fathers or those individuals who kindly served in fatherly, guiding, and supporting roles in our lives.
Be well and safe. I wish you a relaxing weekend!
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD