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Employment History

Vice President for Institutional Diversity

Minnesota State University

Associate Vice President

Minnesota State University


Minnesota State University

Special Advisor To the President

Minnesota State University , Mankato

Vice President for Institutional Diversity

Minnesota State University , Mankato

Head of the Cultural Diversity Program

Minnesota State University , Mankato


Mankato Human Rights Committee

Vice President of Institutional Diversity

Minnesota State Mankato

Msu Vice President

Institutional Diversity

Mankato Dean

Institutional Diversity


Minority Group Studies Center

Board Member

Greater Mankato Diversity Council

Board Member


Dillard University

bachelor's degree

Wayne State University


educational psychology

University of Minnesota

master's degree

rehabilitation counseling

Minnesota State University

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The recent elimination of Michael Fagin's position as vice president for institutional diversity at Minnesota State University has drawn an "outraged" response from the Mankato chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The CAP program, which was created by Fagin himself, allows at-risk, minority youth to find success in college through a structured and disciplined environment. Fagin began his career at MSU when he was hired as the first director of the Minority Groups Studies Center. It was also announced on Friday that, for his four decades of service, Fagin will be named MSU's first-ever Distinguished University Scholar. He will also have the Pan-African Student Leadership Conference named after him. Fagin, who was present for Friday's announcement, said at the time that he was "pleased" with the change and, as a professor with full tenure, would return to the classroom. [cached]

Last week's Insight/KMOJ Public Policy Forum at Lucille's was all about Africa as forum guests Paul Mohrbacher, manager of community relations at the Science Museum of Minnesota and Michael Fagin, Ph.D., associate vice president for cultural diversity at Minnesota State University (formerly Mankato State), discussed Africa's diverse physical and cultural characteristics.Mohrbacher said it was important that the Science Museum's Africa : One Continent, Many Worlds exhibit was truly reflective of the peoples and cultures throughout the world's second-largest continent.According to him, the museum sought the advice of a committee of Africans and African Americans on whether or not to even bring the massive exhibit to the Twin Cities.Africa : One Continent, Many Worlds is a traveling exhibit based on the widely acclaimed, permanent Africa exhibit at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.The Science Museum of Minnesota will be the exhibit's only stop in the Upper Midwest.Fagin is responsible for starting the Pan African Student Leadership Conference in Mankato 22 years ago.Influenced by mentor and friend Mahmoud El-Kati, Fagin said the conference started with some basic principles and objectives.Fagin said he wanted to work with young African and African American students attending primarily White colleges and universities by giving them something to identify with ; give them experiences which would instill them with self-pride..Self-pride and a sense of solidarity, said Fagin, can help Black students protect their sense of self-worth in a climate which is full of negative Black imagery.According to Fagin, some Black students, when exposed to the positive messages disseminated at the conferences, undergo a visible transition.I have seen young people who attend the conferences literally break down in tears at finding out who they were -- finding out it was okay for them to speak to a brother walking across campus and that he do not have to run away from tribal markings, " said Fagin.The contributions [ that ] African people have given to the world enlightened those young people..But, Black students be not the only ones who've been affected by the conferences, said Fagin.While the conference is directed at Black people, it has had great impact on the general, or White student population, said Fagin.I have seen similar reactions from students of European descent as i have seen in the African American student -- the same type of rage and anger that they were denied basic knowledge..Fagin then told the story of an encounter with an angry White student.I can distinctly remember one White student running up to me after a conference -- and i be always in a defense posture after these sorts of interactions, and I think Spike Moss had just gotten through speaking, so I was in a real defense posture.He ran up and said i be mad!' The reality was that he was mad and felt cheated through his education..Fagin said he then told the student, Join the army.we have got to do something so that your children and their children will not let these [ historical ] distortions continue..The 23rd Pan African Student Leadership Conference was held this past weekend in Mankato.For more information on how to get involved in the next conference, call (507) 389-6125.

But to Mike Fagin, the man at MSU whose job it is to worry about - and try to fix - such academic incongruities, the news is hardly, well, news.He also points out the work MSU is doing will soon begin closing that gap."This is not an earth-shaking revelation," said Fagin, MSU's dean of Institutional Diversity.

Dr. Michael Fagin
Vice President for Institutional Diversity Minnesota State University - Mankato [cached]

Dr. Michael T. Fagin - Michael has more than 35 years of experience working in multicultural studies and diversity training.
He hopes to see Mankato develop more structures to serve its growing diverse population. Michael has earned a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree and doctorate in educational psychology. He is the Special Advisor to the President at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Additionally, he has served as chairperson of the Mankato Human Rights Committee, as president of the Leisure Education for Exceptional People (LEEP) Board of Minnesota, Interim President of the Mankato Area Community National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), on the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, on the Greater Mankato Ethnic Diversity Council and on the Southern Sudanese Association. He and his wife have three grown children and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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