Office of Equity and Inclusion

Join us!

Lunch and Learn panel discussion
Register here for a virtual panel discussion, "Why Native Representation Matters in Educational Settings," from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9.

Sponsors for the event are M State, NDSU, MSUM, Minnesota Indian Education, North Dakota Indian Education and Native Roots Radio.

After you register for the event and provide an email address, you will receive an email on Nov. 7 with a link to the event. For more information, contact Madison Jansky.

Native American dancer Larry Yazzie
M State students, you're invited to join us for an upcoming virtual performance by Native American storyteller and dancer Larry Yazzie at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Yazzie, a world champion Fancy Dancer who has twice performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, will share a message that includes a Native American flute song; the meaning of the Eagle Dance and honoring of veterans; the meaning of the regalia he wears for various dances; and his own mission and tribal affiliations.

There will also be an opportunity for virtual interaction with Yazzie. His performance is sponsored by Moorhead campus Student Life and the Moorhead Student Government Association.

Check back for details about joining the event!

Diversity at M State

Diversity and inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion coordinates programs and assists with conversations on equity and cultural understanding among M State community members. We empower students, faculty, staff and administrators to explore a deeper understanding of and respect for diversity in its many forms. That extends to everyone regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, physical ability and national or regional origin.

Office of Equity and Inclusion COVID-19 Statement

Meet our staff

Johnathan Judd
Director of Equity & Inclusion

Johnathan Judd has dedicated his career to enhancing equity and inclusion initiatives and building strong communities. He has served as a director of multicultural affairs, family advocate, instructor and attorney.

He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of North Dakota, Master of Business Administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead and Bachelor of Arts from North Dakota State University. He serves as the mayor of Moorhead and volunteers with several organizations and boards aligned with his core values.

Madison Jansky
Associate Director of Equity & Inclusion

Madison Jansky’s core values are rooted in social justice, acceptance and inclusion. Before joining M State, she worked at several non-profits and governmental agencies, primarily with at-risk youth and young adults.

An intersectional feminist and member of the LGBTQ+ community, she earned her bachelor’s degree in social work at Minnesota State University Moorhead and holds licensure in North Dakota.

How can we help you?

  • We assist in cultivating campus understanding of diversity and inclusion.
  • We collaborate with students, faculty, staff and administrators to develop programs that educate and foster an inclusive and welcoming environment across our campuses.

Ways to learn about diversity

Group of hands coming together

  1. Be open about differences - Share how your background has influenced you and encourage others to do the same
  2. Ask questions - Ask respectfully if you have a question.
  3. Encourage questions - Be open to questions about the things that make you different, and ask questions in return.
  4. Develop friendships - Sharing experiences and asking questions is a great way to develop new friendships.
  5. See the individual - Understand that each person is an individual and cannot be expected to speak for his or her culture. Do not assume everyone within a culture shares the same beliefs and experiences.

Diversity in the M State community

See how M State has promoted and encourages diversity on its four campuses.