Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

For many years Anoka Technical College has been working toward building a multicultural and supportive environment.  However, efforts have followed a pattern of stops and starts.  This year, after a five year pause, the college has hired a Diversity Director, whose position is shared with Anoka Ramsey. 

As the new Director for Diversity, my goal is to transition the college from focusing its diversity efforts solely on students and engage the entire ATC campus in widening its diversity lense to become a campus where students are prepared for a global society, where faculty, staff and administration will have in-depth understanding of inclusion, where behavior, and language line-up as one and students will feel a sense of belonging.   When we have the knowledge and skills to see individuals as they are, we can meet their educational, social, and professional requirements.  This is the equity lense to look at what we do and how we do it cannot be the work of one individual.  My hope is to engage the entire campus.  Of course, we will all be entering at different points based on our knowledge and skill.  On the journey currently, are the Diversity Committee and Multicultural Club.  Together these two groups have been working at reestablishing a diverse and multicultural presence on campus.  

Multicultural Student Center


No matter how you say it, the Multicultural Student Center (Rm 177) at Anoka Technical College welcomes many different cultures and ethnicities. Truly unique to a two-year technical college, the center serves as a meeting place and resource center for students, faculty, staff and other community organizations. STOP IN TODAY!


We provide all Anoka Technical College students with a vibrant, welcoming place where they can access information and resources, study and interact with other students.


The Multicultural Student Center expands awareness and education about our multicultural society and workforce while broadening our view, acceptance and appreciation of cultural diversity.


  • Quiet study area
  • Tutoring
  • Peer mentoring
  • Diversity education
  • Computer and Internet access
  • Registration and advising support
  • Community resource assistance
  • Cultural awareness and immersion 
  • Activities for student engagement

Programs and Resources


  • Multicultural Book Club
  • Exploring Religions Series
  • Conversations on Race with Art Stoeberl
  • Computer and Internet access
  • Quiet study Area
  • Cultural awareness and immersion
  • Community resource assistance
  • Diversity education

Multicultural Club

Age, Gender, Sexuality, Disability, Religion, Education, and Marital Status…

“Individually Together”

The Multicultural Club is a student group that is open to all students.  Members can experience an array of cultures through conversations, activities and events that:  support and promote diversity; foster an environment of inclusion; and engage in community partnerships.

The club plans to meet once a month. Look at bulletin board near the Multicultural Center for meeting dates.  To contact the group, send an e-mail to or contact the Club advisor, Donovan Jackman

2014-15 Activities

 Month and Theme Date, Time and Activity
 September:  Hispanic Heritage Month
09  12 – 1 p.m. Cultural Café 
23  1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Hispanic Ceramics Creation
 October:  Italian and Eastern European Month
14   12 – 1 p.m. Cultural Café 
22   12 – 2 p.m. Pumpkins for Peace

November:  Native American Month

11   12 – 1 p.m. Cultural Café

18  12 – 2 p.m. Tree Planting

 December:  Universal Human Rights Month  09   12 – 1 p.m. Cultural Café 
 February:  Black History Month
10   12 – 1 p.m. Cultural Café 

13    I Have a Dream Poster Series Deadline

 March:  Irish and Women’s History Month
10   12 – 1 p.m. Cultural Café 

17   12 – 1:30 p.m. Tuning into Ireland

24   12 – 1:30 p.m. Women Leading Community

31   12 – 1:30 p.m. Women Leading Business

 April:  Disability Awareness Month

14       12 – 1 p.m. Cultural Café 

22       2 – 3 p.m.    Earth Day

 May:  Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
 05 - 11:30 -1:30 p.m. Multicultural Picnic

Community Resources

Food Shelves

CEAP (Community Emergency Assistance Program)

Emergency Food Shelf Network

ACBC (Anoka County Brotherhood Council)

Housing/Household Management

Housing Link

ACCAP - Home ownership, property and mobile home services, furniture warehouse, etc.

HUD (Housing and Urban Development). 

Consumer guide on housing and mortgages

Emergency Shelter

Alexandra House, Inc. and Crisis Line (763) 780-2330

Home Free Shelter

Rise Homeless Outreach Program



Salvation Army (763)755-6873

Southern Anoka Community Assistance (763) 789-2444


Free to Be, Inc.

Metro Mobility

Metro Transit (612) 373-3333

Health and Wellness

Andover YMCA

Family Health Services (763) 422-6970

Refugee Health (763) 422-6970

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) (763) 422-7055


Anoka County Job Line (763) 422-7498

Minnesota Workforce Center - Anoka County

Rise, Inc. (763) 786-8334

Kelly Services, Inc. (763) 536-8888

Pro Staff Personnel Services (763) 780-0724

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee is currently comprised of faculty, staff and students.  The committee was reinstituted by the College President and has been meeting twice a month, since April.    The committee has established three goals:  to support and promote diversity of faculty staff and students; to foster an environment of inclusion that contributes to the mission of the college; to facilitate success for all students.  Should you have questions, please contact the committee members:  Jennifer Bingle, Donovan Jackman Melissa McCarty, Kimberly Roan, Zakia Robbins, Erica Stene, Jay Nelson, and Carolyn Dehn.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Dr. Maya Angelou


Venoreen Browne-Boatswain
Director of Diversity and Multiculturalism


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