At MnEEP, our collaborative collaborative seeks to intentionally lift up our spirit for race equity. It provides tools through which we can learn together and develop new knowledge and we convene multi-racial space for listening to one another as we build racially equitable educational systems to advance the success of POCI students.
We share highlights from this year’s exciting MnEEP 5 BBG goals and strategies for racial justice in education and ask you to join us in continuing to drive the movement for change.
At MnEEP, we believe schools should be places of hope and healing, where the humanity of every student is celebrated and uplifted.
But to get there, we must work together to fundamentally transform the historical systems, structures, and culture of racism that continue to disenfranchise students of color and American Indian students in Minnesota.
MnEEP’s mission is to transform systems, structures, and public narratives to advance race equity and excellence in education.
We envision a racially just society in which each student achieves their full potential.
Led by People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) thought leaders and experts, MnEEP uses a race equity lens to develop and advance networks, practices, research, and policies to dismantle racism in education and build a more just, equitable society.
|Equity Matters.||Every child deserves to achieve their full potential for success and excellence regardless of race, creed, nationality, or class.|
|Justice Matters.||We believe in the validity of each lived experience.|
|History Matters.||It is vital to address systems, structures and public narrative change by honoring the histories of communities of color and American Indian communities.|
|Relationships Matter.||Cross-cultural dynamics and collaborative relationships are key to changing systems, structures and public narratives.|
|Self-Actualization Matters.||The ability of students to be engaged learners—to understand themselves, their histories, their identities, and the world—is necessary to build critical thinking skills to release their power in shaping themselves and the world.|
MnEEP’s multi-racial staff equips educators, schools, and districts with essential tools and knowledge to address and dismantle racist practices in education and build reparative, racially just learning environments where every student has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
We work with districts and educators to advance original research, community-led convenings, network-building, and advocacy to build justice and fairness for Minnesota’s POCI students—and to ensure educators and school leaders are equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to create healing, empowering education spaces that support the full development of every student.
Advancing essential anti-racist education policies in the places and in the processes where key decisions are made.
Developing and advancing practices that promote race equity and educational excellence in all education settings.
Leading research initiatives and policy analysis to develop, advance, and distribute the wisdom and knowledge from racially diverse and culturally inclusive perspectives.
Building essential relationships and partnerships with communities, educational institutions, students and educators to advance race equity in education.
Developing collaborative, liberating, community-led envisioning engagements and organizing where people of color and American Indian communities can design and advance their plans for educational excellence.
Shifting the way people understand racism and race equity through professional development and advocacy campaigns that advance understanding, empathy, and racial justice.
Minnesota educational leaders and cultural communities create equitable education systems, structures, and public narratives.
In 2020-21, MnEEP:
Provided race equity skill-building to district superintendents
MnEEP, with thought partners and K-12 leadership professors and researchers at Mankato State University (MNSU), provided equity leadership skills and will-building support to eight Minnesota school superintendents leading community building and equity change.
Provided race equity plan development for schools
MnEEP staff and consultants worked with Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS) staff and school leadership for a series of dialogues, learning stops and training that built their capacity around education equity, justice, and community-building. Six visioning sessions with cultural communities lifted up the equity in education dreams of parents – and were centered in the creation of an Education Equity Framework.
Advocated for Racial Equity in Education Policy and Practice at the State Level:
MnEEP provided thought leadership, research and advocacy support to the Mn Department of Education (MDE), as they improve statewide Distance Learning education with a race equity lens. MnEEP was represented on three statewide Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) advisories/Governor’s Taskforce.
Including groups such as: Children’s Defense Fund, Ignite After School alliance, Youth Alliance, Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL).
Minnesota educational systems are designed to bring students of color and American Indian students into relationships with schools and teachers that promote their human dignity.
In 2020-21, MnEEP:
MnEEP provided school and community leaders with deeper knowledge of school behavior policies and best practices
MnEEP, with thought leadership partner Sankore Consulting, provided facilitation and training through 4 Learning sessions with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) Diversion committee.
MnEEP developed innovative tools to support the movement to end suspensions and grow positive and dignified school climates
MNEEP School Climate Advisory Council created the School Climate Equity Framework which shared key school restorative justice tools with the Diversion committee.
Minnesota educational systems advance racially and culturally responsive teaching and learning environments for teachers and students.
In 2020-2021 MnEEP:
Continued to catalyze a learning community/network of cross-sector partners and stakeholders to advance systems change
hifted the narratives about the teaching profession through a web tool ImprintU.org
Held professional development learning sessions with over 180 educators through PELSB-certified Culturally Competency in Teaching (CCT) Learning Sessions
Minnesota educational leaders embrace the language and culture of each student, and value the home language of Black, Latino, Indigenous, and Asian students as vital for their academic success.
In 2020-2021, MnEEP:
Expanded networks and parent engagement for Emerging Multilingual Learners Education Equity Systems Change
In order to impact policies and practices to provide more equitable for Emerging Multilingual Learners (EML) in Minnesota, MnEEP expanded the EML Network and parent engagement sessions on key policy.
Supported national EML policy advancement
Maintained a connection to Migrant Policy Institute (MPI) regarding national policy progress on EL and immigrant learners.
Advocated for EL Funding and Policy Improvements:
MnEEP staff and consultants engaged in EML policy advocacy for fidelity of LEAPS implementation and emerging distance learning issues specific to EML students.
Minnesota higher education systems are transformed to be racially just, responsive, and accessible for students of color and American Indian students.
In 2020-2021 MnEEP:
Convened the College Race Equity Advocacy Advisory Council (CREAAC) to direct and guide the goals of the organization to shape higher education policy and practice with a racial equity lens.
Community engagement and networking with agency leaders, legislators, higher education institutions, policymakers, and funder to build models for higher ed equity and access
Supported state policy advocacy:
Informed on financial aid and higher education policy areas that can be shaped with a race equity lens
National policy advocacy:
Partnering with national policy orgs to inform how the changing landscape of a racially equitable higher education system and culture can look here in Minnesota and across the nation
Associate Executive Director
Program Director, Race Equity and Excellence in Education Network
Superintendent Race Equity Network Consultant
Director of Research
School Climate Institute
Design For The Arts
Steve Paprocki, Mary Beth Schleif, & Matt Hill
Good Work Group
Dr. Bernadeia Johnson
Chair; Faculty, Minnesota State University Mankato
Vice Chair; Sr. Director of Equity and Inclusion, Metropolitan State University
Secretary; Equity Transformation Specialist, Pacific Educational Group
Treasurer; University of Minnesota, TRIO Upward Bound
Brian E. Bass
IT Director, Medtronic
Dr. Satasha Green-Stephen
Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System
Professional Learning Specialist, Code.org
Dr. Sandy Pulles
Vice President of Equity and Inclusion, Serve Minnesota
Executive Director, 826 MSP
Dr. Lynette Scott
IB Coordinator/ELA Teacher, Hazel Park Preparatory Academy
Dr. Darrell Stolle
Chair of the Education Department, Concordia College
Pa Dao Yang
Assistant Director of Student Support and Success, Department of Multicultural Life, Macalester College