Our Initiatives

Through initiatives, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion pursues matters concerning policy, institutional structure, practice, and education to advance the University as we aspire to infuse DEIA+ into all functions. Each initiative has a cycle no less than one year in length. We do this to ensure appropriate attention, implementation, and resources are allocated to our initiatives.

#ProudAllYear

While June is nationally recognized as Pride Month, Bemidji State University has long supported and welcomed all students regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. To celebrate and boost Pride across campus, BSU’s community-centered opportunities for students, faculty and staff are ever-expanding.

The first Pride Month – then called “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month” – was declared in 1999 by President Bill Clinton to recognize the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969. During the riots patrons of New York City’s Stonewall Inn resisted police violence targeted towards the queer community and sparked the 2SLGBTQIA+ movement.

2SLGBTQIA+ stands for two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, plus. The term “queer” throughout this narrative signifies queer-sexual and queer-gender identities, as well as those who are part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

Title IX 50th Anniversary Awareness & Education

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