Discovering and Respecting Differences

Diversity at DCTC

Discovering and Respecting Differences


The faculty, staff and students at DCTC consider mutual understanding and respect a top priority on campus. Our college community is committed to creating a positive, engaging environment that welcomes opinions and ideas from people from all nations, backgrounds and cultures.

Our student population features scholars from all over the world, including countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, South America,the Middle East and, of course, North America.

Students with African American, European American, Native American, Asian American and Hispanic heritages are enrolled in our programs, reflecting a growing and promising diversity in Minnesota and across the country.


Did you know that more than 20 different cultures are represented in DCTC's student body? Members of the Multicultural Student Leadership Association believe in the importance of not only recognizing our differences, but also embracing and learning from them. MSLA gives students from all cultures the chance to learn, belong and grow by experiencing the rich world of people that visits our campus everyday. Get more information and become a member today!


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Diversity Council Chair

Harold Torrence
Harold Torrence
Business Management Instructor

Diversity Council Members

Patrick Lair
Xoung Tran
Susan Kingsbury
Amy Eppen
Anna Voight
Lynne Weirke
Hilary Sharp
Brett Kolles
Denise Strenger
Erin Manthey
Susan Farmer
Brent Newville
Mike Opp
Lynne Hvidsten
Dora Schumaker
Bill Eilers
Scott Glime




360 Communities
360 Communities has two sexual and domestic violence shelters, two family resource centers, a network of five food shelves and three programs that support school success from birth through high school graduation. No matter how a person reaches out to 360 Communities for help, they have access to a full circle of support from all of their programs and resources. Visit for more information.

Laos Assistance Center

Hmong American Partnership

Minnesota Literacy Council

Minnesota Minority Education Partnership

Minnesota State College Student Association

East African Women's Center

Southeast Asian Community Council

African Assistance Program

College Possible

African American Family Services

African Community Services

American Refugee Committee

Amigos de las Americas

Center for Asian Pacific Islanders

Cambodian-American Family Alliance

Additional resources may be available. If you are looking for a resource you don't see here, please contact Harold Torrence at or 651-423-8606.

Upcoming Diversity Events

  • Oct
    MSLA Meeting
    Wednesday, Oct. 7  | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Oct
    MSLA Meeting
    Wednesday, Oct. 21  | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Nov
    MSLA Meeting
    Wednesday, Nov. 4  | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.