Dr. Mahmoud Saffari

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MSR Readers: Make your own judgment on the state of St. Cloud State


The commentary below from Debra Leigh, a professor at St. Cloud State University and lead organizer for the Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative, was published in the MSR November 10 issue. Dr. Mahmoud Saffari believes the commentary is filled with “inaccuracies and false accusations” and requested an opportunity to respond. Below this commentary is his line-by-line response to Leigh’s commentary. In Dr. Saffari’s words, “Let your readers make their own judgment.”


SCSU campus has shown a commitment to diversity

By Debra Leigh

Guest Commentator


The simple truth about St. Cloud State and the firing of Dr. Saffari [“Protest follows firing of a top SCSU administrator of color,” MSR, Oct. Continue Reading →

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Dr. Mahmoud Saffari:



By Charles Hallman, Staff Writer

and Jerry Freeman, Senior Editor 


Last October 13, the MSR reported on protests by several hundred students and faculty at St. Cloud State University over the firing of a top administrator of color, Dr. Mahmoud Saffari, the SCSU former associate vice president for enrollment management. Hired in 2003, he brought significantly greater racial diversity to the admissions and recruitment office and to the university as a whole during his nearly nine-year stint until he was let go in September. University officials have declined to comment on the reasons for his firing, citing the Data Privacy Act. Dr. Saffari has been equally silent — until now. Continue Reading →

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