Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action

Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College (BSU-NTC) are committed to conducting all human resources and educational activities without regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, 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.

The adopted vision and mission support and emphasize that commitment. Personnel activities include, but are not limited to: recruitment, selection, placement, employee development, promotion, retention, compensation, leaves of absence, disciplinary action, transfer, demotion, termination, and layoffs affecting all employees and job applicants. BSU/NTC employment and hiring practices will comply with all federal and state equal opportunity/affirmative action laws, directives, orders and regulations. Discrimination in hiring/employment practices at BSU/NTC will not be tolerated on the basis of these protected class categories in accordance with all state and federal equal opportunity/affirmative action laws, directives, orders and regulations.

BSU/NTC is committed to the implementation of its affirmative action plan and fully supports the State of Minnesota’s affirmative action efforts.

–  President Richard A. Hanson

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 within the workplace that is diverse, inclusive 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.


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.