Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

For many years Anoka Technical College has been working toward building a multicultural and supportive environment.  However, efforts have followed a pattern of stops and starts.  This year, after a five year pause, the college has hired a Diversity Director, whose position is shared with Anoka-Ramsey. 

As the new Director for Diversity, my goal is to transition the college from focusing its diversity efforts solely on students and engage the entire ATC campus in widening its diversity lense to become a campus where students are prepared for a global society, where faculty, staff and administration will have in-depth understanding of inclusion, where behavior, and language line-up as one and students will feel a sense of belonging.

When we have the knowledge and skills to see individuals as they are, we can meet their educational, social, and professional requirements.  This is the equity lense to look at what we do and how we do it; it cannot be the work of one individual.  My hope is to engage the entire campus.  Of course, we will all be entering at different points based on our knowledge and skill.  On the journey currently, are the Diversity Committee and Multicultural Club.  Together these two groups have been working at reestablishing a diverse and multicultural presence on campus.  

Multicultural Student Center


No matter how you say it, the Multicultural Student Center (Rm 177) at Anoka Technical College welcomes many different cultures and ethnicities. Truly unique to a two-year technical college, the center serves as a meeting place and resource center for students, faculty, staff and other community organizations. STOP IN TODAY!


We provide all Anoka Technical College students with a vibrant, welcoming place where they can access information and resources, study and interact with other students.


The Multicultural Student Center expands awareness and education about our multicultural society and workforce while broadening our view, acceptance and appreciation of cultural diversity.


  • Quiet study area
  • Multicultural education
  • Academic and personal support
  • Community resource assistance
  • Cultural awareness and immersion 
  • Activities for student engagement

    Programs and Resources

    Open house

    On Tuesday, August 26, 2014 the new Director of Diversity and Multiculturalism, Venoreen Browne-Boatswain and the Anoka Technical College Diversity Committee, hosted an Open House for the the Multicultural Student Center.  The center had been closed since 2009 and has now received commitment from the College President, Dr. Kent Hanson to reopen and provide services and programming for students and employees.

    The Interim Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Heidi Haagenson officiated the program by cutting the ribbon.  Some pictures of the open house is below.

    Students and employees in attendance.
    Heidi and the academic deans show support of the center.
    PTK members and the diversity committee members.

    Join our "know me" campaign!

    The Diversity committee along with the College administration engaged in a summer reading of, "A Peacock in the Land of Penguins." From the reading, the committee designed a "know me" campaign to promote a Caring and welcoming community through intentional social interactions between students, staff, faculty and administrators.   

    Multiple participation options :

    1. Read the Book.  It is available at or any book provider.
    2. Participate in class.  some instructors will incorporate the reading into their courses.
    3. Visit the Know me Area,Located in the cafeteria.  If anyone is sitting in the area, it is understood that each person is open to engaging in dialogue.
    4. Look for and read the monthly Newsletter.  "The Multicultural Voice" - our diversity newsletter will be electronically sent to you each month.



    • Multicultural Book Club
    • Exploring Religions Series
    • Conversations on Race with Art Stoeberl
    • Computer and Internet access
    • Quiet study Area
    • Cultural awareness and immersion
    • Community resource assistance
    • Multicultural education

    Multicultural Club

    Age, Gender, Sexuality, Disability, Religion, Education, and Marital Status…

    “Individually Together”

    The Multicultural Club is a student group that is open to all students.  Members can experience an array of cultures through conversations, activities and events that:  support and promote diversity; foster an environment of inclusion; and engage in community partnerships.

    The club plans to meet once a month. Look at bulletin board near the Multicultural Center for meeting dates.  To contact the group, send an e-mail to or contact the Club advisor, Donovan Jackman at

    Community Resources

    Food Shelves

    CEAP (Community Emergency Assistance Program)

    Emergency Food Shelf Network

    ACBC (Anoka County Brotherhood Council)

    Housing/Household Management

    Housing Link

    ACCAP - Home ownership, property and mobile home services, furniture warehouse, etc.

    HUD (Housing and Urban Development). 

    Consumer guide on housing and mortgages

    Emergency Shelter

    Alexandra House, Inc. and Crisis Line (763) 780-2330

    Home Free Shelter

    Rise Homeless Outreach Program



    Salvation Army (763)755-6873

    Southern Anoka Community Assistance (763) 789-2444


    Free to Be, Inc.

    Metro Mobility

    Metro Transit (612) 373-3333

    Health and Wellness

    Andover YMCA

    Family Health Services (763) 422-6970

    Refugee Health (763) 422-6970

    WIC (Women, Infants and Children) (763) 422-7055


    Anoka County Job Line (763) 422-7498

    Minnesota Workforce Center - Anoka County

    Rise, Inc. (763) 786-8334

    Kelly Services, Inc. (763) 536-8888

    Pro Staff Personnel Services (763) 780-0724

    Diversity Committee

    The Diversity Committee is currently comprised of faculty, staff and students.  The committee was reinstituted by the College President and has been meeting twice a month, since April.    The committee has established three goals:  to support and promote diversity of faculty staff and students; to foster an environment of inclusion that contributes to the mission of the college; to facilitate success for all students.  Should you have questions, please contact the committee members:  Jennifer Bingle, Donovan Jackman Melissa McCarty, Kimberly Roan, Zakia Robbins, Erica Stene, Jay Nelson, and Carolyn Dehn.

    "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Dr. Maya Angelou


    Venoreen Browne-Boatswain
    Director of Diversity and Multiculturalism