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Collaborating across colleges and institutions to advance racial equity in higher ed

At MnEEP,  we’re convening numerous voices and gathering insights through our College Race Equity Advocacy Advisory Council (CREAAC), a state-wide, multi-racial advocacy group working to direct and advocate for new policies to advance race equity in Minnesota’s higher education systems.

Learn more about CREAAC and how you can become involved in building and advancing policies and practices for racial equity.

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Thank you, CREAAC members!

These Minnesota race equity leaders and advocates are critical for building transformative change to honor Minnesota’s students of color and American Indian students and advance policies and practices for race equity in higher ed.

2022-2023 CREAAC Members

Ambar Hanson

Mortenson Family Foundation – Executive Director  

Dr. Alison Kadlec 

SOVA Solutions – Founding Partner 

Hon. Carlos Mariani Rosa

Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP) – Executive Director

Dr. Jon Peterson

Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP) – Policy Fellow & Consultant

Dr. Sandy Pulles – Mneep Board Member 

ServeMinnesota – Vice President of Equity & Inclusion 

Dr. Fernando Rodriguez 

University  of Minnesota – Director of Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence 

Megan Rozowski – MnEEP Board Member 

Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) – Director of Research & Policy Development

Jenny Xiong 

Century College – Academic Advisor 

Lara Couturier 

Couturier Consulting LLC – Founder & Principal 

Nekey Oliver 

Minnesota Office of Higher Education – Director of Government Relations 

Molly Priesmeyer 

Good Work Group – Principal, Strategist, Communications Consultant 

Dr. Robbie Burnett

Minnesota State – Director of Innovation & Collaboration 

Dr. Bruce Corrie 

Concordia St.Paul – Associate Vice President for Government & Community Relations Professor of Economics  

Roshandra Brown – MnEEP Board Member 

Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) – Director of Development and Scholarship Programs 

Dr. Nicola A. Alexander

University of Minnesota – Undergraduate Education, Diversity, and International Initiatives – Professor Associate Dean

Billie Annette 

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe – JOM Coordinator 

Kim Hildahl 

Carleton College – Trio/Student Support Services –  Director 

Tricia Wilkinson 

University of Minnesota – Trio Upward Bound, College of Education & Human Development – Director 

Dr. Josefina Landrieu – MnEEP Board Member 

Metropolitan State University – Vice President of Equity and Inclusion

Dr. Jesse Mason

Minnesota State – Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 

Pa Dao Yang 

City of Bloomington – Equity & Inclusion Program Specialist 

Rabya Hassen

Mortenson Family Foundation – Community Relationship Officer 

Dr. Tarnjeet Kang

Minnesota State – Office of Equity and Inclusion – Director of Equity Assessment

Maida Ahmed – Student Representative 

Metropolitan State University 

Leeroy Doe – Student Representative 

Augsburg University 

Karina Villeda – Vice President 


Jesus Gonzalez RuizStudent Body President Elect

Concordia College

Alex Hines 

University of Minnesota – College of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Education – Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion &  Director of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & President’s Emerging Scholars Programs 

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