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Dr. Whitney Harris to Lead MCTC Diversity Initiatives

MnSCU Chief Diversity Officer Will Bring New Leadership to MCTC 

Whitney HarrisDr. Whitney Harris, executive director of diversity and multiculturalism for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, will lead MCTC’s equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives. Dr. Harris has been responsible for managing and coordinating policies, procedures and programs governing affirmative action, diversity, multiculturalism and equal opportunity in the MnSCU system. His responsibilities at MCTC will include managing the Educational Equity Task Force, developing diversity training and guiding changes in college policies, practices and culture that support the College’s goal of achieving educational equity. While assisting MCTC, he will continue to provide counsel to MnSCU chancellor Rosenstone on issues of diversity and equity. “I am extremely excited about the opportunity to join with MCTC faculty and staff MCTC in support of the work of educational equity,” said Dr. Harris. “There is broad consensus among all members of the MCTC community that educational equity—a hallmark of a high quality educational institution—is essential to providing a high-quality education to all students.”

Dr. Harris has authored numerous scholarly articles and two books. Most recently he published What’s Up with the Brothers: Essays and Studies on African American Masculinities. Dr. Harris has served as the director of diversity and affirmative action at Eastern Michigan University and adjunct professor in their Department of Women and Gender Studies. Previously, he held positions at McNeese State University in Louisiana as professor of teacher education, director, executive director and vice president, and at College Bonneau in Cameroon as instructor, vice principal and principal.

“I appreciate the opportunity to play a role in this endeavor,” said Dr. Harris. “It’s an opportunity that is good for our students, good for Minnesota and good for our global society.”