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Director of Diversity Programs

Our director of diversity programs, Karl Lorenz, recently retired. We will be hiring a new director in the near future.

Mark Bellcourt

Mark BellcourtCFANS Academic Advisor

+1 612 625 3915 

Pronouns: he/him/his

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.

Sandra Mitchell

Sandra Mitchell

Intercultural Education Program Specialist

190 Coffey Hall
+ 1 612-624-7953

Pronouns: she/her/hers

She is so pleased to serve as the Intercultural Education Programs Specialist in CFANS within the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, she is responsible for the facilitation of training and education programs primarily for faculty and staff in addition to overseeing the Inclusive CFANS initiative and events such as the Dialogue with the Deans series. 

She more than 20 years of experience in higher education. Most recently, she served as the first Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of North Dakota. Prior to that, she served as the first Chief Diversity Officer at Regis University in Denver, CO where she had also been the Coordinator of Service Learning in the College for Professional Studies.

A native of University City, MO (St. Louis County), she received both my Masters and Undergraduate degrees from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She recently earned her Education Specialist degree for the University of Colorado.

In her spare time she enjoys music, travel and spending time with family which includes her 20 year old son who she talks about all the time.

You can connect with Sandra if you have any questions or need more information in regards to the diversity education and trainings available in CFANS for faculty and staff, the CFANS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and the Inclusive CFANS initiative including the Dialogue with the Deans series.  

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