What’s Happening

C.A.R.E. (Coalition for Acceptance, Respect, and Equity)

In 2009, a group of Concordia staff and faculty began an organized effort to identify, engage, and eliminate racism as it exists in its many forms at Concordia and beyond. Introduction state of what CARE stands for is to acknowledge first year classes (systematize anti-racist agenda, ultimate goal is to create a campus where people feel empowered to speak out against oppression, as you come in this is an expectation of the csp community, we work with faculty, staff and students).

Mission Statement: To promote equality and peaceful coexistence through developing awareness of self and others, sharing knowledge, encouraging mutual understanding, ad healing the historical and continuing impact of injustice and inequality by acknowledging that racism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and sexism still exist.

Vision: CARE advocates for a society where the dignity, worth, and human potential of each member is equally valued and respected; where our many collective cultural identities are honored; and where we all can live free from intolerance, degradation, inequality, and oppression.

Values: CARE stands in defense of these egalitarian ideals by energetically opposing implicit and explicit manifestations and socially embedded systems of bias, marginalization, privilege, and discrimination; and by confronting efforts to deny that inequalities and injustice continue to exist.

Past events, activities, and workshops

  • KDWB controversy
  • Campus survey
  • 2-Minute button campaign
  • Day Of Awareness: Are We There Yet?
  • Are We There Yet – 2 ?
  • Hoodie March
  • Online Interactive Bystander Training
  • RA & Peer Advisor Training
  • Campus-wide Convocations
  • College Seminar Class (all 1st year students)

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UMOJA (United Minds of Joint Action)

Mission Statement: Create unity among students of multicultural heritage within Concordia University and the surrounding community.  United Minds of Joint Action (UMOJA) is an organization that provides African American students, as well as other students, opportunities for leadership, mentoring, advocacy, outreach, internships, and culture-specific educational, social, and recreational activities. Opportunities to serve as officers, committee chairs, artists, performers and ambassadors exist from the freshmen to senior years.

Annual Events:

  • Open Mic Night
  • “Can We Talk”
  • Celebrating Black History Month
  • Power in Diversity Conference
  • Multicultural Night
  • Rondo Days



CSE (Concordia Sisterhood of Empowerment)

Mission Statement: Concordia’s Sisterhood of Empowerment encourages young women of Concordia University, Saint Paul, MN to celebrate individual accomplishments, support each other in difficult times, and empower one another to become leaders in the community.

Annual Events:

  • Sexual Violence Conversations
  • Self Defense Sessions
  • Celebrating Women’s History Month
  • Professional Women’s Panel




CHUSA (Concordia Hmong Unity Student Association)

Mission Statement: CHUSA is committed to promoting Hmong culture, practices, and history through academic leadership workshops, events and collaborations. Along with promoting academic achievement to CHUSA members and encourage them into becoming active members of the community.

Annual Events:

  • Welcome Back BBQ Collaboration among other organizations
  • Secret War Simulation
  • Ua Tsaug (Thank you) Night
  • Celebrating Asian Heritage Month
  • Hmong Awareness Night




Contact Diversity Affairs Office:

Dr. Cheryl Chatman
Executive Vice President and Dean of Diversity
Phone: (651) 603-6151
E-Mail: chatman@csp.edu

Louisa Vang
Program Coordinator of Diversity
Phone: (651) 641-8851
E-Mail: lvang@csp.edu