Diversity Initiatives


Dedicated in 2019, the mission of the Dr. Cheryl Troutman Chatman Diversity Center is to engage Concordia students, faculty, staff and administration in building community and creating an institutional culture that respects, values, and celebrates diversity; and to provide opportunities for everyone to be agents of positive change in society.

What the Diversity Center Provides to the Campus Community

  • Develop supportive and sustaining relationships across diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Serve as an advocate and respond to needs, issues, and concerns impacting diversity throughout the campus.
  • Provide information and opportunities for student leadership, development, and scholarship.
  • Serve as advisors and a support system for student organizations.
  • Guide and direct students to on-and-off campus resources and services.
  • Provide students with encouragement, advice and alternatives to a variety of challenges and opportunities.

Various academic, social and intercultural programs and activities are linked with the Diversity Affairs Office. Below are a few of the major campus initiatives and/or organizations. 

  • Community Outreach 
    • Rondo Community Network 
    • ARTS US
    • Minnesota National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
    • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • Diversity Conferences (Local/Regional) 
  • Shades of Harmony Multicultural  Choir 
  • Student Organizations
    • Black Student Union (BSU)
    • Concordia Hmong Unity Student Association (CHUSA)
    • Concordia Sisterhood of Empowerment (CSE)
    • Student for Latinos/as (SOL)
    • Indian Student Association (ISA)

Shades of Harmony Multicultural Choir 

The choir is a volunteer chorus made up of students, faculty, and staff from varying races, cultures and backgrounds who are interested in learning about, experiencing, and singing music from diverse cultures. The group focuses on the African American Gospel Choir tradition, but also explores choral music of other cultures. The group performs occasionally in Concordia's chapel service and/or an off-campus service performance.

Black Student Union (BSU)

Black Student Union aims to increase political, social and cultural awareness of the African American community. BSU's goal is to promote unity and diversity to revamp and stabilize a presence on campus through a series of events, socials and forums

Concordia Hmong Unity Student Association (CHUSA)

Concordia Hmong Unity Student Association (CHUSA) provides advocacy, leadership and community building opportunities on campus.  CHUSA’s mission is to promote Hmong culture, practices, and history through academic leadership workshops, events and collaborations. CHUSA offers students a channel to make meaningful connections with other students and the overall campus. CHUSA’s presence on campus is widely known and highly respected.

Concordia Sisterhood of Empowerment (CSE)

Concordia Sisterhood of Empowerment is an organization that encourages young women of Concordia to celebrate individual accomplishments, support each other in difficult times, and empower one another to become leaders in the community. CSE offers students a channel to build connections with other women on campus to support them along with having workshops/lectures to discuss women's rights and society's view on women. 

Student for Latinos/as (SOL)

Student for Latinos/as purpose is to increase awareness and appreciation of the U.S. Latino/a, Chicano/a, and Latin American culture and heritage at Concordia St. Paul. They are committed to fostering relationships within our CSP community and beyond. The club hosts a variety of events including movie nights, sports challenges, and loteria!

Indian Student Association (ISA)

The Indian Student Association wishes to enrich the cultural atmosphere at Concordia by celebrating Indian traditions and festivals. They seek to be a dynamic organization that creates an active social network for the Indian community at CSP.