Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at Winona State University

Are you wondering…

  • How will focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion help my organization perform better?
  • How can I talk about race at work?
  • Are we hiring candidates whose beliefs align with our mission?
  • Are we failing to identify qualified talent because of our own biases?
  • How do we create a more inclusive work culture? 
  • How do we set quantifiable DEI goals? and who should be responsible for making sure these goals are met?

WSU has partnerships with DEI subject-matter experts, national thought leaders, and strategists to help you navigate these questions and provide insights and direction to help you move your organization to greater equity and inclusion.

Our team helps your organization:

  1. Assess your current DEI competencies and areas for growth
  2. Design and implement strategic plans with actionable and measurable goals
  3. Provide customized trainings
  4. Offer on-going consulting services

Training programs are customized to help your organization reach your DEI goals:

This one-hour training (led in person or Zoom) will cover the fundamentals of diversity, equity, and inclusion and the basics of implicit bias for all your employees.

We recommend starting with the entire group together to ensure that everyone has a common language to discuss bias and shared knowledge from the get-go to facilitate conversations among all employees regarding Unconscious Bias and Conscious Inclusion.

This one-hour facilitated discussion and training will cover how managers can facilitate inclusive workplaces and the benefits of doing so.

It will also cover how to:

  • provide effective, non-biased feedback to employees
  • review employees fairly
  • ensure the retention and promotion of diverse talent

This two-hour facilitated discussion will consist of brainstorming with your hiring team to identify ways to recruit, retain, and promote diverse talent.

We will also review job postings and offer feedback to expand your recruiting pools.

After the facilitated discussion, we will share our thoughts about for next steps.

These recommendations will be based on:

  1. the past and current situation
  2. the goals identified in our facilitated discussion.

We will review the current situation and share a multi-pronged recommendation to help you move from where you are to where you want to be.

Past business professionals share:

“WSU’s DEI program helped us think outside the box in terms of why our programming is structured the way it is, how we can reach new populations, and how we can continue to bridge the gap between programming and people of all demographics.”

“Being able to look deep into the ‘why’ question is the beginning of growth in a program, and our team feels like we are working our hardest to continue towards absolute inclusion and equality in our programs.”

For more information on how you can take advantage of these programs contact:

Julie Kiehne Business Outreach CoordinatorJulie Kiehne, MS, CCT | Business Outreach Coordinator
Adult & Continuing Education (ACE)
Winona State University | Somsen 209D | 507.457.5088
WSU-Rochester on Broadway | 400 South Broadway, Suite 300 | 507.535.2570 | jkiehne@winona.edu | www.winona.edu/adult-learners

“WSU cares about DEI in our community. DEI work is about learning how to be better to each other in order to build stronger teams and improve your bottom line. Organizations that adopt a new way of understanding and leverage diversity can reap the benefits of a diverse workforce.”