Equity Learning Series

  • Equity Learning Series is back for a second summer of learning and growth. This series will run as four sections: May, June, July and August. Each month's section will feature a guest facilitator who will lead 3 synchronous, virtual sessions. When you register for a section, you are registered for all 3 sessions that month. You are welcome to participate in as many sessions as you are able. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged, but not required to participate in this course. 

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2021 Series

  • Equity Learning Series

  • Vichet Chhuon, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Education and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota. His teaching and scholarship focus on critical issues in education including the experiences of immigrant youth and families. His work has appeared in leading publications including American Educational Research Journal, The Urban Review, and Youth & Society. In 2015, Dr. Chhuon received the Presidential Research Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). He received Early Career Awards from the American Educational Research Association and the Association of Asian American Studies. His writings have also appeared in the Star Tribune, Angry Asian Man, and the Huffington Post.

2020 Series

  • Raising Race Questions: A Virtual Learning Series for School Educators and Leaders About Addressing Race in Saint Paul Public Schools 

    Ali Michael, Ph.D., is the co-founder and director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, and the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education (Teachers College Press, 2015), winner of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award.  She is co-editor of the bestselling Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories (2015, Stylus Press) and bestselling Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys (2018, Corwin Press).  She also sits on the editorial board of the journal Whiteness and Education.  Ali’s article, What do White Children Need to Know About Race?, co-authored with Dr. Eleonora Bartoli in Independent Schools Magazine, won the Association and Media Publishing Gold Award for Best Feature Article in 2014.  Ali holds her Ph.D. from Penn, where she continues to be engaged with race and equity efforts on campus.  She spends the rest of thetime raising two amazing human beings. They are currently 9 and 6. 

  • A Virtual Learning Series on Resiliency

    dr. Saby Labor is a first-generation college student and fierce equity and inclusion advocate. She is the Founder & CEO of Resilient Campus, a leadership and inclusion consulting organization. Saby amplifies the voices and capacities of education leaders across the nation to live into inclusive leadership excellence. dr. Labor’s recent accomplishments include publishing a resilience planner titled “Stay Resilient” and two “Student Internship Success” workbooks focused on personal and career readiness for diverse college students. Saby is humbled to be the first in their family to earn a doctorate degree. When Saby isn’t supporting students and running her business, you can find her hanging with her spouse and two dogs in Saint Paul. Saby uses she/her and they/them gender pronouns. Connect with Resilient Campus on Instagram @ResilientCampus or online at www.resilientcampus.com.




  • Conversations with Chris: A Virtual Learning Series About Reality Pedagogy and Online Learning

    Dr. Christopher Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. The creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement and Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S., author of the award-winning book Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation and the New York Times Best Seller,  For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll Too. Emdin was named the 2015 Multicultural Educator of the Year by the National Association of Multicultural Educators and has been honored as a STEM Access Champion of Change by the White House under President Obama. In addition to teaching, he served as a Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the US Department of Energy.




  • A Virtual Asian Amerian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Learning Series  


    Naomi Ono LeBeau, EdD, is a multicultural and global strategist to improve productivity and efficiency in business, education and non-profit organizations. As a former entertainment reporter in Tokyo, Naomi has a great appreciation for the world of music, especially jazz and popular music. Since she came to the Midwest, she has been involved in diverse communities as a multicultural educator. As a doctoral student, she encountered jazz theory as applied to organizational studies. Naomi taught social justice at several universities in the Upper Midwest and presented Jazz Solution workshops at conferences. She is President and Co-Founder of Synapse Minnesota LLC. For more information, visit: www.jazzsolution.com 

    Additional guests included Philip Xiao and Tou Ger Xiong



    May Sessions 

    May 3 | Asian American Identities & Experiences with Dr. Vichet Chhuon
    This session explores identity and belonging in Asian American life. The major goal of the session is for participants to appreciate the significance of Asian Americans in shaping US policies, cultures, and movements. Through an examination of past and ongoing struggles, we consider the possibilities for more just futures. Time will be allotted for participant Q&A and active engagement.

    May 10 | Racialization, Schooling, & “Model Minorities” with Dr. Vichet Chhuon, Verna Wong and KaYing Yang

    This session examines schools as a site of tension for Asian American students and families. In particular, this moderated conversation attends to Asian American racialized experience in and out of schools. We consider how the model minority stereotype interacts with these experiences and how class and gender matter for students’ social and academic lives. Time will be allotted for participant Q&A and active engagement.

    May 17 | Immigration Justice for Asian Americans: What Educators Must Know with Dr. Vichet Chhuon, Hsajune Dyan, Jenny Srey, and Damu Vang  

    This session focuses on issues of immigration justice for Asian American families. In this critical dialogue, Jenny Srey, Damu Vang, and Hsajune Dyan, discuss various perspectives of immigration issues that impact Asian American communities, locally and nationally. Time will be allotted for participant Q&A and active engagement.




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