The President's Commission on Diversity (PCD) is an extension of President Richard Davenport’s commitment that Minnesota State University, Mankato is a place where different cultures and perspectives are welcomed, appreciated, and incorporated into the fabric of university life. The commission receives an annual charge from President Davenport which serves to investigate, research, and report to the President on a range of diversity measures – from academic success rates for underrepresented students to a positive campus workplace for a multicultural staff. Minnesota State University, Mankato strives to be an environment rich and fluent in the exchange of ideas, experiences, and outlooks. The President's Commission on Diversity ensures it.
The President's Commission on Diversity at Minnesota State University, Mankato operates under bylaws developed by the first Commission in 2004, with regular updates as the Commission has grown and evolved over the years.
Each year, faculty, staff, and students are recognized for their work to promote Diversity & Inclusion. The award is given to those that has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to diversity and has weaved diversity into the fabric of the institution, the region, and/or the state of Minnesota.
Each year, the President’s Commission on Diversity at Minnesota State University, Mankato selects one faculty member who desires to move into a higher education leadership role to attend the University of Berkeley Executive Leadership Academy (ELA), or a leadership academy of their choice.