Equity and inclusion is a keystone of LeadMN’s work to improve the educational experience of Minnesota’s community and technical college students. At LeadMN we draw strength from and honor diversity and understand the value in having a variety of perspectives, histories, and experiences in the pursuit of knowledge as well as in personal development. LeadMN is committed to supporting all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status, and other aspects of identity.

At LeadMN it is our moral obligation to advance equity in higher education and address the achievement and opportunity gaps in Minnesota. Two-year public institutions serve as pathways to higher education for historically marginalized and underserved students in Minnesota. This includes but is not limited to students of color, first generation students, undocumented students, LGBTQ+ students, students of low socioeconomic status, students with disabilities, veterans, and formerly/currently incarcerated students. For too many of these students, systemic barriers continue to prevent them from achieving success. As degree obtainment has been directly linked to income equality, social mobility, and better health outcomes, it is critical that every student have access to quality education. LeadMN is committed to dismantling systemic barriers and advocating for equitable and inclusive policies and practices in higher education to ensure that all students have what they need to be successful.