Winona State’s Multicultural Education Certificate Program (MECP) helps professionals understand how multicultural theory and research can inform their professional practices.

Participants explore how their own demographic characteristics and cultural experiences impact their work with diverse clientele.

They then engage in an ethnographic analysis by diving into a specific equity issue within the contexts of their workplace.

WSU has delivered the MECP to professionals across multiple sectors including health care, education, and government. In the last three years, clients served include the Rochester Public Schools, Olmsted County, and Mayo Clinic.

Hear from Dr. Nicholas Wysocki

Meet your instructor, Dr. Nicholas Wysocki, and learn what he loves about this program.

Dr. Nicholas Wysocki

First and foremost, the MECP allows people to understand who their clientele are and their backgrounds—whether that be ethnicity, race, language, social economic status, sexual orientation, exceptionality—and become aware of their client’s various needs.

Secondly, the MECP allows professionals to ask critical questions and identify an equity issue to research and bring back their findings to their prospective workplaces to ultimately improve inclusive practices.

Dr. Nicholas Wysocki

Associate Professor, Winona State University

Hear from MECP Participants

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out what Olmsted County MECP cohort participants had to say about their experiences in the program.

The MECP fostered and supported my commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

It provided an outlet for my passion and allowed me to examine how biases play a role in the quality of services that I’m providing.

John Edmond

Program Manager, Family Services, Olmsted County

The MECP was amazing.

There is so much value in a partnership collaborating with WSU. It was powerful!

Sarah Stevens

Public Health Nurse Manager, Olmsted County

Contact Julie Kiehne to coordinate a culturally responsive program for your team, so they can better serve your clients and customers.

About Dr. Nicholas Wysocki

Dr. Nicholas Wysocki is an Associate Professor in the Education Studies Department at Winona State University.

He holds a Ph.D. in the Social Foundations of Education from the University of Iowa and has worked in higher education for more than 20 years.

Dr. Wysocki currently works with both teacher candidates seeking a Minnesota teaching license and graduate students engaged in ethnographic analysis projects in their local communities.

About WSU Adult & Continuing Education

Adult & Continuing Education (ACE) at Winona State University offers a wide range of non-credit and for-credit program offerings to enhance professional development.

Whether through online learning, immersive classroom experiences, or hands-on training, Winona State strives to meet student needs, so that they can reach their personal and professional goals.

For more information on continuing education and workforce customized training opportunities at WSU, contact Julie Kiehne at