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BSU's Equity Certification: improving graduate marketability, workplaces, communities, and lives

… as a historian, my definition of equity is social justice, so for the last several years, I've been focusing on stories of social justice, of the inequity of the past in different situations, and then of people's struggles to improve social justice and to get equity for themselves and their communities and for other people as well… - Dr. Dan Allosso, BSU

Bemidji State University's Equity Certificate is the first of its kind in the MnSCU system. Bemidji State University History Professor Dr. Dan Allosso created the curriculum for the certification. He joined the morning show recently, discussing the new program, the impetus behind it, how the certification is tailor-made for different subject areas, and how he sees it making real change in students' lives, workplaces, and communities.

...race was one that we were immediately focused on with the racial justice situation that we've been facing in Minnesota in the last couple of years. But there's also immigration…There's also class…There's a rural urban divide…Generally, the idea of equity is that sort of understanding of structural power and social dynamics and how these have changed over time and what we might do about them… there are many different ways that students could focus their own work on equity. – Dr. Dan Allosso, BSU

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Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. Since 2016, she's produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota. She's our local host of NPR's All Things Considered and CBC's As It Happens every weekday from 4-7pm.