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.

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 Missing Voices Summit first began in 2012. The past Summits have focused on different sub-themes, including:

  • November 13, 2012: Missing Voices: Equity in Education Summit
  • February 6, 2014: Collectively Imagining a Future of Justice for our Students
  • February 16, 2015: Honoring Local Brilliance: We're the Ones We've Been Waiting For
  • November 3, 2016: A Sanctuary for Centering Self, Relationships, and Communities
  • February 15, 2018: We Are All Related (Mitakuye Oyasin)
  • February 28, 2019: Advocate: Access & Act!

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 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.

Recognition Awards

The Missing Voices Summit honors individuals and/or groups whose experiences demonstrate commitment to social and racial justice. Consider nominating a community member, youth, or educator/administrator for a Missing Voices Recognition Award. 

February 28, 2019

  • Community Advocate for Change Award: Dinna Wade-Ardley, Director of Educational Equity at Bloomington Public Schools
  • Culturally Responsive Leadership Award: Nate Beulah, teacher at Northeast Middle School
  • YES! Award: Juan Sarenpa, student at Venture Academy 

February 15, 2018

  • Community Advocate for Change Award: Tony Sanneh, philanthropist and founder of The Sanneh Foundation
  • Culturally Responsive Leadership Award: Kathryn Haave, teacher at Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts & Science
  • Culturally Responsive Leadership Award: Michael Rogers, President of Risen Christ Catholic School
  • YES! Award: Hamdi Kelil, student at Wellstone International High School

November 3, 2016 (Inaugural year of the Recognition Awards)

  • Community Advocate for Change Award: Rosita Balch, parent, family, and community advocate
  • Culturally Responsive Leadership Award: Maria Le, teacher at Central Park Elementary
  • YES! Award: Saffiyah Alaziz, student at Central High School

Missing Voices 2020

Thank you for your interest in the next Summit. Due to a number of transitions within the School of Education, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota will not be hosting the Missing Voices Summit in 2020. Please check back periodically for more information. 


Contact us at CCRE@smumn.edu.