What a pleasant and productive week for everyone at Saint Paul College. On a beautiful autumn evening, several hundred prospective students, their family members and friends attended our fall 2018 Open House, where we showcased our degree, diploma and certificate programs in
Liberal and Fine Arts, STEM, Health Sciences and Service, and Career and Technical Education programs. Every department of the College contributed to the Open House so that our guests could enjoy learning about us and the opportunities available for their educational journeys.
I am grateful to our faculty and staff who went the extra mile by being at the College and showcasing Saint Paul College’s programs to our students and community members. This type of collaboration and going the extra mile constructs bridges of opportunity and success for our students and our community.
When our students and community do better, we ALL prosper.
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:
President Dastmozd (left), and Michael Torrence, president of Motlow State Community College, chat after their panel at the Equity and Inclusion STEM Thought Leaders’ Summit on Tuesday. (Photo: Matthew Dembicki) Read the full story:
Weaving equity, diversity into the mission:
Advanced Technical Education (ATE) Principal Investigators Conference and STEM Equity/Inclusion Summit
I attended the national 25th Annual Advanced Technical Education Principal Investigators
Conference hosted by the
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in partnership with the
National Science Foundation, as well as STEM Equity/Inclusion SUMMIT in Washington, D.C. The
ATE Principal Investigators conference brings together approximately 900 people from community colleges, business and industry, secondary school systems, four-year colleges, and research and development centers to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technological education.
Projects cover a wide variety of areas including information technology, engineering technology, micro- and nanotechnologies, chemical technology, biotechnology, and others. I also was a presenter and panel speaker for both the STEM Equity/Inclusion Summit Initiative and
MentorLinks Project. The STEM Equity/Inclusion Summit panel discussions provided an overview of equity and inclusion strategies and practices in STEM to promote the recruitment, participation, persistence, and improvement of graduation rates of underserved and under-resourced students. The
MentorLinks Panel discussions focused on promoting strategies and promising practices on student engagement.
Global Talent Strategies
I met with a Global Talent Strategies Representative. This organization promotes leadership development, talent management, and organization development initiatives from Start-UP companies to Fortune 500 businesses. Global Talent Strategies delivers customized solutions that help leaders and organization grow.
Science Museum of Minnesota Annual Dinner Celebration
I attended the Science Museum of Minnesota annual reception and dinner. This year’s theme was to celebrate a year filled with inspiration, achievement and science, and a look ahead to the future from the lens of equity and inclusion. Science Museum of Minnesota is focused on topics in technology, natural history, physical science, and mathematics education. Founded in 1907 and located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the 501 nonprofit institution is staffed by over 600 employees and over 1,600 volunteers.
Higher Learning Commission
On October 29–30, 2018, we will welcome and host the Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewers. I sincerely thank members of our executive leadership, college leadership team, and our faculty and staff who all have worked so tirelessly during the past few months to prepare for this site visit. Kudos to all of you for going the extra mile. Each and every day our talented and hardworking faculty and staff work to uphold our college’s mission which is to provide Education for Employment…Education for Life.
After returning from the conference earlier this week, I have been greeted warmly by individual students, faculty and staff as I walked around campus. Saint Paul College truly feels like a home away from home to me, and all members of our college community are like family to me. It’s always good to be back on campus!
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College