Graduate Certificate, Higher Education Administration, St Cloud State University, 2018
M.S., Academic Advising, Kansas State University, 2018
M.A., English, Bemidji State University, 2011
B.A. - Biology, English Literature, DePauw University, 2000
Patty Hartshorn grew up in Indiana among unique communities and cultures, from historical Amish villages to Mexican migrant populations. Through her experiences in higher education and her move to northern Minnesota, she has continued to experience a variety of cultures and build relationships with diverse individuals. Patty also has personal experience journeying through life alongside individuals who see the world through neuro-divergent lenses. Because of these experiences, she seeks opportunities to understand and appreciate all individuals, who experience life through intersecting perspectives. Patty prizes education and the opportunities that it can create. She grew up in a working-class family to become a first-generation college student. Patty believes every individual deserves equitable access to educational opportunities and that institutions of higher education should be some of the most inclusive and safe spaces to gain life experience and grow personally and professionally. Patty holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and English Literature from DePauw University (’00), a Master’s degree in English from Bemidji State University (’11), a Master’s degree in Academic Advising from Kansas State University (’18), a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration from St Cloud State University (’18), and is currently working on her Doctorate in Educational Leadership through Minnesota State University – Moorhead. During her career of more than 15 years in institutions of higher education, Patty has served in a number of roles. Starting as a graduate assistant in graduate education, she has served in higher education positions as clerical support, an instructor, a recruiter, an advisor and student support services specialist, as well as various roles centering on diversity, equity and inclusion. Those who know her describe her professional style and experience as “eclectic.” Patty emphasizes in her personal and professional life that all individuals should be seen, accepted, and respected. Therefore, in her role at Western, she desires to provide educational opportunities and support students, faculty and staff through the Title IX policies and restorative justice practices so that each person may pursue their personal and professional growth freely and safely.