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Director of Diversity Programs
Born of mixed German and Native American (enrolled with the Lummi Nation, Washington State) ancestry, I came to the Twin Cities to study fine arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where I earned a BFA. I continue to maintain an active arts practice working in the studio and on Public Art projects (an arts practice emphasizing close collaboration with communities to provide voice for critical interests). I completed graduate coursework in Philosophy and earned a Master of Liberal Studies degree from the University of Minnesota.
Working with students gives me considerable satisfaction, and I teach a Freshman Seminar on Ways of Knowing and Science. Students are served best in a diverse environment where multiculturalism is embraced, incorporated and valued throughout the institution--and where unique cultural learning needs are supported. I am committed to providing leadership in the College around concerns of inclusion and diversity by deepening our understanding, building cultural capitol and developing capacity around multicultural issues at all levels of the College.
I have lived with family on the Lummi Reservation in Bellingham, WA, fishing salmon in the Nooksack River, Puget Sound and Kodiak, Alaska, and have also worked, lived and traveled extensively in central and northern Europe.
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Program Coordinator - President's Emerging Scholars Program
Many Indigenous people have certain protocols for introductions. In keeping with the protocols of my Ojibwe ancestors, please allow me to introduce myself first Ojibwemong:
Boozhoo, Mark Bellcourt niin indizhinikaaz zhaanaashiimong. Bimose Inini idash nindigo Ojibwemong. Gaawiin ningikenimaasii indoodem. Gaa-Waabaabiganikaag niin indoojibaa. Ashkibugziibing nindayendaa noongom.
Greetings, my English name is Mark Bellcourt. However, I am called Walking Man in Ojibwe. I do not know my clan. I come from White Earth, but now I live in St. Paul.
I earned my Ed.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2005 in higher education policy and administration. My research interests are in Indigenous worldviews of math and science and how they can be better integrated into the mainstream curriculum. My master’s degree is in counseling and psychological services and bachelor’s degree in educational psychology and communications. I am currently the Coordinator for the President's Emerging Scholars (PES) program in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS) and senior academic adviser in the College of Education and Human Development. I teach a freshman seminar spring semester called "Native American Ways of Knowing the Environment" (CFAN 1902), lead a Global Seminar called "From Minnesota to Ecuador: Indigenous Environmental Knowledge," and co-teach a seminar for the "Dean's Engaged Leaders Program" and a new integrated course with an international component. Also, I am a part of a team working in the CFANS Office of Diversity and Inclusion to deliver a host of diversity and inclusion initatives in the college and greater campus community. In my spare time, I serve on the national board of directors for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and on the executive council of the North Star AISES Alliance and Professional Chapter.
I am a graduate of St. Cloud State University where I completed my undergraduate degrees in Environmental Studies and Visual Arts. I began working in higher education as an undergraduate student worker at the Center for International Studies, through which I participated in a study abroad program to England and a cultural exchange to South Korea. My experience as a student worker greatly informed my interest in higher education, student development, initiatives related to equity and diversity - and passion for travel.
I began working in CFANS in 2007, serving in a dual role with the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Student Services Office. I now work fully with the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and assist with student support programs, staff and faculty development initiatives, communications, and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) guided development. I also lead the Switzerland Mountain Agriculture May-term program, offered through the CFANS Office for International Programs.
I earned a master's degree in Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota and am currently working on a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development with a higher education concentration. My academic research has focused on the experiences of students of color, LGBT students, and students with disabilities at four-year post-secondary institutions.
I am currently a junior in the college of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences studying Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. I grew up in Crystal, Minnesota where I attended Robbinsdale Cooper High School and graduated from there in 2011.
I began working in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion in September of 2013. Well within my time at the University of Minnesota I have had the opportunity to work in diverse settings striving to grow in my own understanding of diversity as well as to facilitate to others my understanding. On campus I'm involved generally and participate in the many diverse cultural centers such as the Black Student Union, and the Minnesota International Student Association. As far as full involvement I hold leadership positions on the Black Men's forum, Phi Beta Sigma fraternity Inc. and the Trio Student Board.