Development and Guidance

Minnesota State is committed to collectively nurturing and enhancing a civically engaged, socially mobile, and economically productive Minnesota. Minnesota State has a long history of engagement in leading initiatives and grant-funded work around closing equity gaps.  Equity 2030 builds from the recommendations of the statewide working groups convened under a strategic initiative, Charting the Future, and the community conversations convened during the year-long Reimagining Minnesota State process. 

In January 2020, Chancellor Malhotra appointed four Equity 2030 Chancellor’s Fellows from among Minnesota State faculty across the state to generate an essential knowledge base to lay the philosophical and practical groundwork for Equity 2030. The Fellows were appointed for six months and were appointed for six months and were appointed for six months and were each tasked with collecting information on best practices and forwarding recommendations for providing the Equity 2030 strategic plan with a solid, evidence-based underpinning. We thank the Fellows for their leadership and ongoing support for Equity 2030!

In October 2020, the system office convened an expanded Equity 2030 Working Group to help connect the work happening in the system office Divisions. The Working Group is charged with identifying opportunities for coordination within the system office and assisting with communication around Equity 2030. The Working Group will build on the recommendations forwarded by the Chancellor's Fellows and work to develop prioritization and planning to share with members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

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Equity 2030 builds directly on the work of the Minnesota State Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI). Under OEI’s leadership, teams from every Minnesota State college and university are engaged in work to review equity in the classroom using the Equity by Design methodology. Staff from OEI are also coordinating development of the Minnesota State Equity Scorecard, a statewide dashboard of key performance indicators. These key initiatives are directly aligned with and supportive of Equity 2030.

Strategic direction for Equity 2030 is provided by Chancellor Devinder Malhotra and the members of his Cabinet. Coordination for Equity 2030 is the responsibility of the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives - Equity 2030, who is advised and assisted by the members Equity 2030 Working Group.


Teri Hinds

Teri Hinds
Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives - Equity 2030

Teri Lyn Hinds (she/her/hers) is the Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives – Equity 2030 at Minnesota State, the third largest system of state colleges and universities in the United States and the largest in the state with 30 colleges, 7 universities, and 54 campuses. With over a decade of experience in higher education institutional research, assessment, and project management, including 8 years in Washington, DC, Teri brings broad perspective to higher education conversations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Social Service Administration with a concentration in health administration and policy from the University of Chicago. 

Core Members/Leadership Team:

  • Teri Lyn Hinds, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives – Equity 2030 (Co-chair)
  • Andriel Dees, Interim System Diversity Officer (Co-chair)
  • Jodi Niehoff, Director of Executive Communications, Marketing & Communications
  • Jen Dobossy, Director of Foundation Services, Marketing & Communications
  • John Kearns, Director of Change Management, ITS
  • Nate Hallanger, Special Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor for ASA
  • Satasha Green-Stephen, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, ASA
  • Brent Glass, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, ASA
  • Nancy Floyd, Senior System Director for Research, ASA
  • DeeAnne Bonebright, Leadership Development and Talent Management, Human Resources
  • TBD, Finance & Facilities

Subject Matter Experts:

  • Priyank Shah, Director of Equity Assessment
  • Tarrence Robertson, Project Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Toni Munos, System Director of Academic Human Resources
  • Academic Affairs: Laura Boche, Marta Mohr, and Jon Dalager
  • Student Affairs: Paul Shepherd
  • Workforce Development: Mary Rothchild
  • Academic Innovations: Kim Lynch and Catherine Ford
  • Additional attendees from Research as needed
  • Bernie Omann or a representative from government affairs
  • Eric Wion or a representative from audit working on the risk management related to systemic racism
  • Representatives from Information Technology Services (to be named):
    • A representative familiar with Data Governance / Analytics & Reporting
    • A representative familiar with data integrations to applications such as D2L
    • A representative from the NextGen implementation teams for Finance & HR and Student Information
  • Representative(s) from Finance & Facilities (to be named):
    • A representative from Financial Planning & Analysis familiar with the allocation process
    • A representative from Financial Reporting familiar with campus financial management and the cost study