Maverick Diversity Institute (MDI)

The Maverick Diversity Institute offers challenging and unique workshops and programs that will help you to become a diversity certified expert on inclusivity, access, and equity in your workplace and classroom environment. Simply register and attend four (4) of the selected programs over the course of the academic year, write a short reflection, and have your Diversity Passport stamped by a Diversity & Inclusion staff member. At the end of the semester, bring in your passport and receive a certificate of completion that can be used as part of your professional development plan or report. We can all play a role in making Minnesota State University, Mankato a welcoming and inclusive institution to work, learn, and grow.

All questions about the Maverick Diversity Institute should be directed to Liz Steinborn-Gourley at

2021 - 2022 MDI Workshops and Webinars

We encourage you to check out past MDI Workshops and Webinars in the interim. 

Bridge to Benefits (Tina England and Liz Steinborn-Gourley)

Wednesday, September 15, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Zoom:
In Person: CSU 201  

Equity by Design: What is Equity 2030? (Dr. Henry Morris)

Monday, September 20, 1:00 PM– 2:00 PM
in Person: CSU 253/4/5

The Changing Landscape of Identity: Understanding and Supporting Students of All Gender Identities and Sexual Orientations (Robyn Ochs) [partnership between LGBT Center and Women’s Center]

Friday, October 1, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Zoom:
In Person: CSU 245

Multiple Dimensions of Identity (Kenneth Reid)

Wednesday, October 13, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM 
In Person: CSU 238

Critical Race Theory (Dr. Timothy Berry)

Thursday, October 28, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM 
In Person: CSU 253/4/5

Homelessness among LGBT Students – Being a resource [coordinated by LGBT Center]

Tuesday, November 2, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM 
Zoom: TBD

Reporting Bias Incidents (Bias Incident Support Advisory Team)

Wednesday, November 10, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM 

Microaggressions and Implicit Bias (Bri Williamson)

Thursday, November 18, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 

Strategic Planning for Equity and Inclusion (Amy Moreno)

Tuesday, November 30, Tentative 



Past MDI Workshops

Past MDI Webinars