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)

Save the Date!

Missing Voices: Equity in Education Summit
Advocate: Access & Act!
Thursday, February 28, 2019
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Saint Mary's University Center
Campus Map (PDF)

Registration Now Open

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. 

Request for Proposals

We are soliciting Request for Proposals (RFPs). The Missing Voices Summit is such an impactful event because of our local array of expertise. Do you have knowledge/skills related to social and racial justice? Do you have an idea for a breakout session that connects our theme of advocacy and civic engagement to educational equity? If so, we are excited to hear your voice! 

Intended Audience

The audience of the Missing Voices Summit is comprised of many stakeholders. Your presentation should be accessible and capable of engaging as many people as possible. Please have an idea of who you are primarily intending to reach through this presentation, including: high school through college-age youth, educators/administrators, and community members.

Presentation Format

The essence of Missing Voices is to be welcoming and inclusive of all participants. As you are developing your breakout session activities, please remain mindful of attendees who have disabilities. The breakout session should include a variety of methods for taking action. 

Proposal Format

Please include these sections in your proposal:

  1. About you (Max. 250 words)
  2. Objective (Max 250 words): What is your objective? (What do you want people to understand?) Please speak to how you will connect our theme of advocacy and civic engagement to educational equity.
  3. Audience (Max. 250 words): Who is your message for? Youth, educators/administrators, community members, or many groups?
  4. Abstract (Max. 250 words): In the simplest words, what is your presentation about?
  5. Presentation Description (Max 250 words): Give us some detail. What exactly will you be doing in your presentation?
  6. Technology (Max. 50 words): Please tell us what kind of technology is required for your session.
  7. Anything Else? (Max. 250 words): Is there anything else we need to know about you or the breakout session? 
  8. Your contact information: Please include your name, email address, and phone number.

Submit Proposal Online    |    Download and print submission form (PDF)

We have computers available in La Salle Hall (2500 Park Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55404) upstairs in the student lounge near the bookstore. These computers can print to a printer located in the same room.

If you need any help during this process, a member of our Core Team would be happy to assist you. Please contact us at ccre@smumn.edu.

Proposals are due on January 22, 2019. 

Proposals will be evaluated by the Advisory Circle. You will be notified via your contact information listed above if you have been chosen. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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.
  • For information on how to help, contact us at ccre@smumn.edu.

Youth Equity Solutions

Youth Equity Solutions (YES!) members help plan the Missing Voices Summit. High school through college-age students focus on educational equity leadership opportunities. Are you, or do you know of, a youth who is passionate about making positive change? If you are interested in learning more about youth-focused initiatives, contact ccre@smumn.edu with questions.

Learn more about the YES! team.

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. The 2019 Missing Voices Summit Recognition Award nomination forms will be due January 15, 2019. 

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

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

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

  1. Culturally Responsive Leadership award recognizes an educator/administrator in P/K-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 high school through college-age youth who works 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. If you know a community member, youth, or educator/administrator who meets these guidelines or has perhaps gone above and beyond in an area of educational equity, nominate them!

Please complete and return this application form by January 15, 2019.

Nominees will be screened by the Missing Voices planning committees. The final selections will be chosen by the President and Cabinet of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Nominees will be contacted by the committees if chosen. The recipients of these awards will be honored during a ceremony at the Missing Voices: Equity in Education Summit, February 28th, 2019.

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

  • Awarded to a high school through college-age youth.
  • 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.

Questions?

Contact us at CCRE@smumn.edu.