The Diversity Council and Its Members


The Diversity Council was established in 1996 under the name Cultural Diversity Committee. That committee authored the March 1999 report, Multiculturalism & Diversity at Minot State University: An Assessment in which it recommended that in order to “enhance multiculturalism and diversity at MSU” the institution should, “[u]tilize the Diversity Committee to encourage and establish additional opportunities for meaningful student to student interaction.” This report was submitted to the State Board of Higher Education in January 2001.

The committee was revived in the Fall semester of the 2002–2003 academic year as a standing institutional committee, and its name was officially changed to the Diversity Committee in the Fall semester of 2003. It became the Diversity Council in 2012.

Members of the Diversity Council

The Diversity Council's members include, at minimum, representatives from Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, and the Student Government Association; representatives from Human Resources, Access Services, the Native American Cultural Center, Lutheran Campus Ministries, the Athletics Diversity and Inclusion Council, and the Office of International Programs; the Minot State University representative to the NDUS Diversity Council; and at least one member from each of the three colleges. Representatives from Campus Pride, the Native American Cultural Awareness Club, and other interested campus organizations also are invited to participate in meetings as non-voting members. Members of the Diversity Council serve a three-year, renewable term with the exception of student members, who serve one-year terms.

The chair of the council is appointed by the university president, and members are nominated by the chair and appointed by the university president. Nominations may be solicited, and those interested in joining may ask a council member to recommend them. The council elects a vice-chair, secretary, and treasurer, all of whom serve one-year, renewable terms.

Diversity Council Members
Diversity Council Members
Jessie Allery Research Associate – NDCPD
Dianna Anderson  Assistant Professor, Music – College of Arts and Sciences/Faculty Senate  
Maggie Backen Dakota College at Bottineau – Minot Programs Director
Kacey Donamaria Records Specialist
Emerson Eads Assistant Professor - Performing Arts
Araceli Erickson International Activity Coordinator
Kyle Erickson Research Associate – NDCPD
Mitchell Gresham Assistant Professor - Criminal Justice
Tate Haskins Academic Coach - POWER Center
Kathy Hintz Professor of Education; Teacher Advisement and Field Placement – College of Education and Health Sciences  Chair
Aaron Hughes Student Activities Coordinator  
Maleeha Latif Director of International Programs
Annette Mennem Director, Native American Cultural Center Treasurer
Krista Permentier Student Government Association Representative
Madesyn Porterfield Research Associate – NDCPD
Jordan Quinlan Assistant Director of Compliance & Student Life, Co-Chair of Athletics Diversity and Inclusion Council, and NCAA Athletics Diversity & Inclusion Designee Secretary
Jan Repnow Assistant Professor, Business Information Technology – College of Business  
Kelli Sem Access Services Coordinator
Rachel Simonson Lutheran Campus Ministries
Debra Wentz Executive Assistant, President's Office  
Mara West Reference and Instruction Librarian – GBO Library
Wenjing Zheng Assistant Professor, Special Education – College of Education and Health Sciences  

Last updated: August 2023