Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action


Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College (BSU-NTC) are committed to developing and fostering understanding and appreciation of a free, diverse, and inclusive society and providing equal opportunity for all its students and employees.

To help bring about this goal, Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in employment and education.  No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.  In addition, discrimination in employment based on familial status or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law is prohibited.

Sexual violence is an intolerable intrusion into the most personal and private rights of an individual and is prohibited at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College.  The college and university are committed to eliminating sexual violence in all forms and will take appropriate remedial action against any individual found responsible for such acts.

Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College are also committed to building and maintaining a workplace that is objectively civil, respectful and professional for all college and university employees, volunteers, contractors, and other persons interacting with or engaging their employees.  The college and university believe that collaborative and respectful work places are essential to fulfilling our respective visions and missions.

On this site you will find policies and procedures regarding discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, and work place civility.  BSU and NTC students or employees with concerns or uncertainty about violations of these policies are encouraged to contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action AffirmativeAction@bemidjistate.edu for further information.

 -President Faith C. Hensrud

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action is to foster and support a campus environment free of discrimination and harassment and to seek to develop a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion and provides equal opportunity for education and employment.

This office provides leadership, counsel and informational resources for all campus constituents and the larger community to advance the core institutional missions. In addition, this office is responsible for assuring the college and university commitment to meeting affirmative action goals in the hiring of faculty and staff, and for ensuring compliance with laws and regulations related to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.

Guiding Principles

  • Credibility: able to be believed, trustworthy.
  • Responsibility: willingness to be accountable.
  • Fair: in accordance with rules and standards; free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism.

Vision Statement

Our vision is for a college and university community that is welcoming and safe for people of all identities, backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and competencies, that works to remove the barriers that stand in the way of full inclusion.

BSU/NTC Affirmative Action Plan

The current Affirmative Action plan for BSU/NTC can be read here.