Equity and Inclusion Strategic Committee

The Equity and Inclusion Strategic Committee is charged by the President to advance policies, strategies and programs related to increasing academic success for underrepresented students, creating and maintaining a welcoming climate, building a diverse workforce and student body, and incorporating diversity, inclusion, and equity within the curriculum. The Commitee, in collaboration with internal and external partners, will hold RCTC as an institution accountable for making continued progress towards a culture supportive of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Equity and Inclusion Strategic Committee Charter

To learn more about Equity and Inclusion at RCTC, contact Chao Mwatela, Multicultural Advisor at chao.mwatela@rctc.edu or by phone at 507-280-3120.


Multicultural Advisor

Chao Mwatela

Chao Mwatela was born in Kenya, East Africa. As a second child in a large family, she learned to be independent and outspoken at an early age and attended boarding school during her high school years.

The years of boarding school, plus an adventurous spirit made the choice of attending college abroad an easy one. Chao attended college at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries Biology.

Chao has been hooked on the field of education since her first job right out of college as a high school science teacher. She has since worked as a Special Education educator, a high school science teacher, a college laboratory assistant, and currently as a multicultural advisor at Rochester Community and Technical College. She also believes in life-long education and is currently completing her Master’s Degree at Winona State University in Organizational Leadership, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Education.

Chao is passionate about equity, particularly in education. When Chao is not at RCTC working with students or on diversity related initiatives, you will probably find her with her independent and outspoken daughter 😊 … or with her nose in a book.