Equity in Education Summit

Missing Voices: Equity in Education Summit is a collective-impact summit of educators, students, families, and community members that defines solutions to improve the future of education.

WE ARE ALL RELATED (MITAKUYE OYASIN)

Thursday, Feb. 15
8:00 a.m.* - 2:30 p.m.

Saint Mary's University Center, Twin Cities Campus
* Check-in and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m.

The Missing Voices Summit brings together a variety of stakeholder voices to engage in solution-oriented dialogue and actionable steps toward educational equity. Attendees draw from an array of multiple perspectives including youth (high school and college-age), parents and families, community members, teachers and administrators. Through intentional collaboration, the goal of the conference is to increase equitable learning opportunities for ALL students.

The 2018 conference focuses on educational equity with special emphasis this year regarding native, immigrant and refugee voices by embracing the idea that We Are All Related (Mitakuye Oyasin). In Lakota tribal education one gains knowledge from firsthand experience in the world and then transmits or explores this knowledge through ritual, ceremony, art, and appropriate technology. The essence of this concept is that our lives are truly and profoundly connected to others and the world around us. Now, in this time of division and polarization, we must recognize ourselves in the faces of others, particularly historically marginalized groups. The Missing Voices Summit allows for an exploration of commonalities and differences through an examination of self and others in our combined journey along a timeline of immigration.

Conference Takeaways:

  • Educational strategies focused on diversity, inclusion, and intercultural competence.
  • Professional development in the form of keynote speakers, participation in creative expression, and interactive engagement.
  • Information gleaned from meaningful self-reflection and community conversations that promote transformative change in ourselves and our educational systems.

Registration

  • Early Bird Registration opens Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Educators and administrators: $100. Youth, Families, and Community Members: Free.
  • General Registration opens Monday, January 1, 2018. Educators and administrators: $125. Youth, Families, and Community Members: Free.

What Makes It Special

Most educational conferences are provided as an opportunity for educators only. By doing that, multiple perspectives are missing in the conversations. Our goal is to bring all voices together and move from discussion to action.

Through collaboration focused on equity, the Saint Mary’s Graduate School of Education’s Missing Voices: Equity in Education Summit brings together educators, students, families, and community members. When missing perspectives are intentionally included, our community is bound to be more creative in our solution-making and we will increase the opportunity to collectively improve the future.

Why Attend?

Throughout the day, participants have the opportunity to learn strategies, identify new resources, experience creative expression, engage in dialogue and intentional networking, and commit to individual action toward solutions to make our schools more equitable. 

How Can I Help?

Make a donation that will:

  • Allow participants, especially students, families, and community members, to attend the event free of charge.
  • Sponsor follow-up events focused on action planning, particularly Youth Action Retreats.
  • Assist families in need of childcare during the event.

Questions?

Contact us at missingvoices@smumn.edu.

Youth Equity Solutions

Do you know any youth interested in participating on our Youth Equity Solutions (YES!) team? Team members help plan the Missing Voices Summit and other youth-focused events.

Learn more about the YES team.

Know someone who is a leader in educational equity and inclusion? Nominate a youth, educator or community member for one of our Missing Voices Recognition Awards by December 29th, 2017.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will bestow awards to three (3) individuals who are working toward educational equity in P-12 and higher education institutions and within the greater community:

  1. Culturally Responsive Leadership award recognizes an educator/ administrator in P-12 or higher education who is a collaborative, innovative and future-thinking solution-seeker working to address issues of equity in education;
  2. Community Advocate for Change award celebrates work being done by an individual or group within the greater community working to help parents, families and communities address issues of educational equity and;
  3. Youth Equity Solutions (YES!) award honors a youth (age 15-22 years) working for educational equity within their school or community. Saint Mary’s University seeks nominations for individuals or groups who meet the criteria for each award and who have not been recognized previously.

If you know of an organization, group, or individual who meets these guidelines or has perhaps gone above and beyond in an area of educational equity that is “outside the box” of the criteria listed, nominate them!

Please complete and return this application form by December 29, 2017.

Nominees will be screened by the Missing Voices Committee and selected by the President and Cabinet of Saint Mary’s University of MN. Nominees will be contacted by the Missing Voices Committee if chosen. The recipients of these awards will be honored during a ceremony at the Missing Voices: Equity in Education Summit (date and time TBA).

Recognition Awards Criteria

Culturally Responsive Leadership Award

  • Awarded to educator or administrator.
  • Demonstrated impact on the educational community or working directly with youth (creation of new programming, outreach beyond their own sphere, helped to change policy, worked across populations to bring communities together to bring greater opportunities to all kids, created partnerships with outside organizations, leader of equity initiatives).
  • Collaborative, future-thinking, innovative, solution-seeker. Believes in the power of people and embodies a spirit of service.

Community Advocate for Change Award

  • Awarded to community member.
  • Demonstrated impact on the community or working directly with youth (creation of new programming, outreach beyond their own sphere, helped to change policy, worked across populations to bring communities together to bring greater opportunities to all kids, created partnerships with outside organizations, leader of equity initiatives).
  • Collaborative, future-thinking, innovative, solution-seeker. Believes in the power of people and embodies a spirit of service.

Youth Equity Solutions (YES!) Award
The Youth Equity Solutions (YES!) team supports the Missing Voices: Equity in Education Summit under the philosophy of Ubuntu: each person in the learning community contributes their unique cultural identity to the greater whole. Missing Voices youth engagement is intended to move youth from a mindset where they must lose who they are to learn to one where they must know who they are to learn. Youth leaders model the process of honoring all cultural assets in the classroom. The Youth Equity Solutions Award is designed to recognize a youth whose advocacy and dedication to educational equity mirrors this philosophy

  • Awarded to young person between 15 and 22 years old.
  • Has a demonstrated passion and dedication to equity work.
  • Sets a strong example for peers.
  • Is a servant leader who gives back to the community.
  • Actively engages and rallies their peers.
  • Acts as a liaison between student groups, administrators and other community members.
  • Has identified an important community solution and has organized some effort to make a
  • difference.