#MNSUDiversity is #Here2Help

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion wants students to know that we are #Here2Help them be successful during the COVID-19 pandemic! Our staff are offering the same services plus more in a new virtual world.  We have put together this list of resources to assis you in being successful during the coronavirus pandemic.

We encourage you to check back occasionally for new updates, tutorials, resources, and more to help you be successful both academically and socially. Remember: #MNSUDiversity is #Here2Help!

Expand the content below for information on how to reach various Diversity and Inclusion departments and their staff remotely for support and assistance. Information will be updated as more staff move to the virtual world.

Accessibility Resources

Julie Snow – Director of Accessibility Resources
Zoom Room: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/5615073615
Email: julie.snow@mnsu.edu
Remote phone: (507) 593-9606

Beth Claussen – Assistant Director of Accessibility Resources
Zoom Room: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/4172881003
Email: beth.claussen@mnsu.edu
Remote phone: (507) 593-9708

Neal Sorensen – Access Specialist, Accessibility Resources
Zoom Room: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/4075074100
Email: neal.sorensen@mnsu.edu
Remote phone: 507-389-5242


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center (LGBT)

David Gardner – Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center (LGBT)
Zoom Room: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/6541529383
Email: david.gardner@mnsu.edu
Remote phone: (507) 312-9844


Multicultural Center (MCC)

Sara Aguilar- Interim Director for Latinx Affairs
Zoom Room: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/6803726542
Email: sara.aguilar@mnsu.edu
Remote phone: (507) 389-1719

Megan Heutmaker – Director for American Indian Affairs
Zoom Room: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/707507296
Email: megan.heutmaker@mnsu.edu
Remote phone: (651) 491-1122

Pakou Lee – Interim Director of Asian American
Zoom Room: https://minnstate.zoom.us/my/pakouleemnsu
Email: pakou.lee@mnsu.edu
Remote Phone: (612) 405-2548

Kenneth Reid – Director of African American Affairs
Zoom Room: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/347688226
Email: kenneth.reid@mnsu.edu
Remote Phone: (507) 200-1184


Opportunity Access Success Intercultural Services (OASIS)

Bianca Alvarez – Interim Recruitment & Retention Coordinator
Zoom Room: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/8547281156
Email: bianca.alvarez@mnsu.edu
Remote phone: ‪(507) 291-3742‬

Rosalin Cobb – Interim Recruitment & Retention Advisor
Zoom Room: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/4059881819
Email: rosalin.cobb@mnsu.edu
Remote phone: (507) 291-3723

Ann Swartz-Beckius – Director of Retention
Zoom Room: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/5829699277
Email: ann-marie.swartz-beckius@mnsu.edu
Remote phone: (612) 405-2087


Violence Awareness & Response Program (VARP)

Laura Schultz – Director of Violence Awareness and Response Program 
Zoom Room: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/2574999437
Email: laura.schultz-1@mnsu.edu
Remote phone: (507) 389-6146


Women's Center

Liz Steinborn-Gourley – Director of the Women’s Center 
Zoom Room: https://zoom.us/j/7445911991
Email: elizabeth.steinborn-gourley@mnsu.edu
Remote phone: (507) 320-1434

Expand the content below to learn ways we can assist you and see videos and information we have put together to keep you informed and help you be successful.

Diversity and Inclusion Support Services

  • Academic Support
    • Navigating online classes
    • Registering for summer and fall classes
    • Degree Audit Report explanation
    • Tutoring assistance
    • Connecting you with campus resources/departments
      • Connecting you with your advisor or student relations coordinator (SRC), MavPass, Center for Academic Success, or the Registrar's Office
  • Financial Support
    • DASH emergency funding information
    • Student account/student bill assistance
    • D & I Rentention Grant information
    • FAFSA assistance
    • Connecting you with campus resources/departments
      • Connecting you with Student Financial Services or Campus Hub
  • Social Support
    • DASH Emergency Funding
    • IT Solutions loaner laptop information 
    • COVID-19 transportation home information
      • Enterprise Rent a Car and Uhaul
    • COVID-19 Mankato employment information and unemployment benefits assistance
    • Bridge to Benefits assistance
    • Food distribution/market locations
    • Connecting you with campus resources/departments
      • Connecting you with the Counseling Center


D&I Information, Tips, and Videos

Expand the content below for resources and tools to help improve your transition to online learning and studying.

Keep Learning

Whether it's your first time learning online or you've taken online courses before, the university has curated convenient tips, tools, and resources to help you succeed. 


Center for Academic Success (Online Tutoring)

The Center for Academic Success is the primary comprehensive academic support resource for the University. It provides academic support programs to assist students with their development as confident, independent and active learners in accordance with the stated mission and goals of Minnesota State University Mankato.



The Maverick Peer-Facilitated Academic Support System (MavPASS) helps students to understand difficult content in challenging courses through study sessions led by fellow students who have already succeeded in the course.


Library Services

The Library is available to help you transition to online teaching and learning. They provide online search tools; virtual instruction and research consultations; and reference assistance through chat, email, and phone.


Accessibility Resources

Accessibility Resources have assembled some helpful resources to assist in promoting accessibility in online classes, and upholding accommodations for students with disabilities. 


IT Solutions Support

Learning online means you’ll be using technology a lot! Get ahead of the curve by checking out these simple resources.