Our DEI Purpose Statement
Rasmussen University promotes diversity awareness; respect for multiple perspectives; equity for all students, staff and faculty; and inclusion among all University stakeholders in and out of the classroom.
We believe higher education is about more than taking courses and earning a degree; it is about being challenged by different perspectives and learning to communicate with respect. It is about opportunities that could change your life—and the support to make it possible. Diversity, equity and inclusion are not just abstract goals for Rasmussen University. They are critical to our purpose.
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During the women’s suffrage movement in the early 1900s, Rasmussen University offered career-driven courses that allowed women to join the workforce. While there was—and still is—more to be done for other minorities, it is this spirit of equality that has helped steer our school over the past 120+ years.
of students are women
of students are over the age of 25
of students are of color3
Working on a diverse team is something every student should be able to do—regardless of their degree. That’s why diversity and teamwork, along with five other transferable skills, are integrated into every program at Rasmussen University. Not only do we focus on the core technical skills that employers value, but the core qualities that are essential to being successful in society and the workforce.Learn more about transferable skills at Rasmussen
With jobs, families and other responsibilities, traditional education doesn't work for everyone. But it doesn’t have to. We are dedicated to offering alternative paths to a degree. Empowered Learning™ offers flexible course schedules and Knowledge Credit™ allows students to get credit for what they already know, saving them time and money on their education.
In 2020, after the murder of George Floyd in an area close to home for many of our Minnesota campuses, it became clear that we needed an outlet for honest conversation. In an on-going discussion series called Rasmussen Real Talk, students and faculty come together to listen, seek community and talk about topics including community policing, anti-Asian hate and more.
One in four students at Rasmussen University tell us they are the first in their families to attend college.1 You can read some of their stories in our News Center, including that of Pang Houa Vang-Yang, a first-generation Rasmussen alum. Read more
Another way to understand this community is through the results of a 2020 survey sent to all first-gen students at Rasmussen:2
As we learn more about the strengths and needs of first-gen students, we are dedicated to making sure they feel uniquely seen and supported.
In our January 2021 discussion, “His Dream Deferred: The State of Dr. King's Dream and How We can Advance it Together,” a panel of community leaders came together to discuss the significance of Dr. King’s legacy and how it affects civil rights today.
The theme for this year’s panel discussion will be “It Starts with Us: Shifting Priorities to Reflect a Community of Belonging.”
Friday, January 14, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Central)
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October 04, 2021
Among many other events for Hispanic Heritage Month, Rasmussen University hosted a discussion centered around the 2021 theme of “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.”
June 09, 2021
Rasmussen leaders who identify as LGBTQIA+ discussed their journeys in “Pride, Misconceptions, Challenges and Triumphs.”
March 01, 2021
The DEI Council hosted a workshop, “Quit Being So Good: The POWER of Presence,” in which attendees were given tools to tell their own stories.