On December 11th, 2020, Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP) held “Racing to Justice: Seizing the Moment of Truth,” an online convening to celebrate the work of MnEEP members, partners, and allies, and advocates—and to honor this year’s race equity leaders who are shaping and advancing a racially just education system in Minnesota.
The event highlighted MnEEP’s Five Big Bold Goals for advancing race equity in education and lead us, together, on pathways for continuing to build a better Minnesota where the humanity of all people is valued and uplifted.
Guest speaker Dr. Michael C. Rodriguez—College of Education and Human Development Interim Dean; Campbell Leadership Chair in Education; and Human Development and professor at University of Minnesota—lead this essential conversation for building a more racially just future.
“Working towards racial justice requires solidarity and accountability— and an ongoing commitment to the process of unlearning and dismantling racism in education and honoring the lived experiences of our students of color and American Indian students every day,” says MnEEP Executive Director Carlos Mariani Rosa. “Now, more than ever, we must work together to create racially just education spaces that promote the full potential of all people. ”
The event honored these education leaders for their work in advancing race equity in education in 2020 :
- Dr. Stanley Brown, EdD, Coordinator of Educational Equity and Inclusion – Hopkins Public School
- Dennis Olson Jr., Commissioner—Office of Higher Education
- Dr. Rebecca Neal, Associate professor and the Gordon B. Sanders Endowed Chair in Teacher Education at Hamline University
- Leticia Rodriguez, SNAP-Ed Educator—University of Minnesota Extension
“We are honored to celebrate these education leaders, people who are leading the movement for race equity and shining a light on what it means to advocate for students of color and American Indian students every day,” says MnEEP Executive Director Carlos Mariani Rosa. They are true examples of courageous leaders dedicated to dismantling racism in education and building a more just future where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.”
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MnEEP transforms 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.