Dr. Brian V. Xiong was named the first coordinator of the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Bemidji State University, Minnesota.
“We know that the U.S. population is increasing and the majority will become the minority and minority will become the majority in the next 20 years,” Xiong said. “And we need to prepare for that…Oftentimes, we talk about what we need to prepare student to college. But is the university prepared for the students?”
Xiong has a bachelor’s degree in justice administration and sociology from Southwest Minnesota State University, and a master’s degree in multicultural and ethnic studies and a doctorate in counselor education and supervision and student affairs in higher education, both from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has previously served as chief diversity officer at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, Minnesota. There, he helped establish an Office of Diversity and Inclusion, re-established the school’s Diversity Planning Committee, guided the drafting of a college-wide Diversity and Equity Plan and founded Safe Zone training programs for employees, among other accomplishments. He also has been an assistant professor and doctoral researcher at Minnesota State, Mankato, where he taught in the Ethnic Studies Department; and an instructor in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.