Michael Birchard is the Diversity and Affirmative Action Officer at North Hennepin Community College. He began his professional career working in North Hennepin Community College’s TRIO program. He has worked in the field of diversity and equity for over twenty years as an advisor, teacher, Diversity Officer, Affirmative Action Officer, mentor and community organizer. He has led workshops and seminars for many organizations including higher education, non-profits, correctional facilities, community organizations and private companies.
He currently teaches at Saint Mary’s University and at North Hennepin Community College. He is known in the City of Brooklyn Park as a community leader and recently his community organizing course was recognized by the city council for their work in increasing the civic participation of historically underserved populations in local affairs.
He has had great success in increasing the administrators and teachers of color at NHCC and in improving the success rate of American Indian students and students of color.