Campus Life

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Student Life at Normandale shares in the educational mission at Normandale Community College to enrich the college experience through programs and services designed to promote holistic development, leadership and civic engagement in our changing world.

We value

  • Education experiences that assist students in understanding and celebrating their global and multicultural environments.
  • Development of leaders with life and work skills to be successful in our global community.
  • Initiatives and alliances with community organization, employers, and other education institutions.
  • Opportunities for our students to learn from theory by engaging in practical application.
  • Quality teaching, accessible programs, and supportive services that respond to the changing needs of our students and community.
  • Passion in all that we do as role models for ethical behavior, educational curiosity, and acceptance.

Student Life

Diversity Center

Our Mission:

To promote awareness, understanding, and acceptance across all diverse groups throughout the Normandale Community College campus and beyond.

Our Vision:

The Diversity center was created to enhance the educational experience at Normandale Community College; both inside and outside the academic classroom. The Normandale Diversity Center understands that diversity goes far beyond race and nationality thus the Center embraces inclusivity of all. The Diversity Center is an all-inclusive space that nutures a sense of belonging, promotes healthy dialogue, and provides opportunities to strengthen the multicultural fabric of our Normandale community.

What We Do:

  • Cultural Programming
  • DE&I Dialogues
  • Leadership Development
  • Community Building
  • Promote Cultural Awareness & Acceptance
  • Continual Education & Awareness Planning

EVERYONE is welcome at the Diversity Center in the Kopp Student Center, Room K-1439.

Open Hours:

Many clubs and other groups meet in the Diversity Center throughout the week. If you would like to reserve the space for your club or organization, please contact the Campus Events Assistant, Carol Daniel. We will have open hours and quiet study hours during the following times:

Tuesday: 12:30-3pm - Quiet Study Hours

Wednesday: 9am-12pm - Open Hours

Thursday: 10am-12pm - Quiet Study Time and 12:30-2:30pm - Open Hours

Friday: 10am-12pm - Quiet Study Hours

Hours are subject to change without prior notice for meetings and staffing needs.

Fitness, Recreation and Wellness

On campus there are numerous ways to be active, build and maintain a health lifestyle. 

Fitness Facilities

Click here for hours and more information about our fitness center, gymnasium, and group fitness studio facilities on campus. All current students have access to our facilities at no charge. 


At Normandale, we care about your holistic well-being in body, mind and spirit. Not only do we want to see you succeed intellectually in your academics, but also in the physical, mental, social, emotional, environmental, occupational and spiritual areas of your life. Click here to learn more about opportunities to improve your well-being here at Normandale. Please contact Hunter Yang, with any questions about fitness, recreation and wellness at Normandale. 

Recreational Activities

Normandale has a variety of recreational activities to participate in that range from leisure time activities to competitive sports. Students can meet others with similar interests, while sharpening and developing new sports skills in an activity they enjoy. Learn more about:

Kopp Student Center


The Kopp Student Center is the hub of community life at Normandale. In addition, we've gathered together links to the most frequently used student life services at left. Please check them out and if you still have questions or concerns, contact us directly. We are here to help you get the most out of your life at Normandale!

Student Organizations and Programs

Student Organizations are key student groups at Normandale Community College that provide valuable services and benefits to the entire student body. Recognized Student Organizations endure from year to year. They are entitled to office space in the Kopp Student Center and receive funding from student life activity fees. Leaders may receive compensation and are advised by a professional staff or faculty member.

Normandale Student Senate

Phone: 952-358-8125
President: Yves Zakra

Advisor: Justin Martin, 952-358-8179

Normandale Student Senate is the official student governing body for Normandale Community College. This representative body provides a student voice to campus administration and faculty as well as the governance function for the associated students at Normandale. Senate representatives sit as student members on numerous college committees. Governed by a constitution and by-laws, members of the Senate provide important and insightful communication with various segments of the campus community. Student Senate meetings are held weekly during the semester on Tuesdays at 2pm in the Kopp Student Center, room K1450.

NCC Student Senate is part of the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA), an organization that advocates for and provides leadership training for students attending 2-year colleges in Minnesota.

Visit the Student Senate website.

Normandale Program Board

Phone: 952-358-8658
Board President: Hao Taing

Advisor: Justin Martin, 952-358-8179

NPB is the official student programming board, composed of a group of students who plan, design, and produce a balanced program of events: live musical concerts, films, video, comedians, variety events, dance series, ethnic festivals, theatre performances and lecture speakers. NPB is student initiated and facilitated. Their programming is presented campus-wide for the entertainment and education of the campus community. Paid and volunteer student staff comprise NPB.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phone: 952-358-8128
Chapter President: Sara Simmons

Advisors: Linda Tetzlaff, 952-358-8747; Matt Dempsey, 952-358-8469; Justin Martin, 952-358-8179; Lisa Rude, 952-358-8688

Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society, recognizes and encourages scholarship among students in community colleges. Alpha Kappa Alpha, Normandale's chapter provides a variety of programs for the student body. Among these are programs that focus on their yearly honors topic, improving academic skills, building community among our diverse campus population, and providing hands-on opportunities to serve the campus and community.

Pillars of Leadership program

This 10-week leadership seminar is a cohort-based program where you can learn different leadership strategies, theories, and strengths, how to effectively communicate, how to be an inclusive leader, and many other skills alongside 20 of your fellow students. This course is provided at no cost to you as a student and runs each semester. It is available both face-to-face in a classroom, as well as online.

Those who complete the program receive a letter of recognition from our College President, Dr. Joyce Ester. For more information on this unique and transformational program, please contact Emily Pripas.

L.E.A.D. Program

Normandale's L.E.A.D Program is a comprehensive experiential learning program that provides teambuilding and leadership challenges to its participants. It focuses on leadership, excellence, action, and development. The program consists of various team challenge initiatives that are rooted in the experiential learning process, in which students are presented with problem-solving situations and are challenged in a supportive environment. After each activity, the facilitator discusses with the group what they learned and how it can be applied to their group and their lives. Learning outcomes for each activity align with the core competencies from "On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life," used in our NCC1000 courses.

The L.E.A.D. Program is designed specifically for each unique group and is a great complement to any course curriculum and an engaging way to strengthen clubs or teams.

For more information please contact Justin Martin at

To request a L.E.A.D. Program experience for your group, please fill out the following form: