Hamline News

Education Matters Event

More than one-hundred students from the Mounds View and Irondale high schools came to Hamline University on February 17 for Education Matters, an event aimed at sparking interest in teaching and educational careers among students of color and indigenous students. The students at the event are aspiring teachers, members of the Educators Rising chapters in Mounds View and Irondale high schools, members of Students Together Respecting the Importance and Purpose of Education in Schools (STRIPES), or students from diverse student organizations in the schools. The event also brought together professionals of color and indigenous professionals from across the educational field to answer the students’ questions and to further inspire their interest in teaching. Students heard from leaders in the field of education including Hamline President Dr. Fayneese Miller and keynote speaker Dr. Keith Brooks. Dr. Brooks addressed the importance of going to college and the opportunities available at Hamline.

“Do not be tempted to be average. Everyone can achieve to their highest potential,” Brooks said to the students. “Do not believe the myth that you cannot become what you haven’t seen. Use your imagination and become the first.”

The keynote was followed by small group conversations, a question and answer period, round table discussion, and an address by Irondale High School alum Will Kah entitled "What’s Next for You?". 

Even though the student populations in Minnesota schools are more and more diverse, in 2014 the Minnesota Department of Education found that 96% of teachers in Minnesota schools were white. 
Education Matters is a partnership between Hamline University and Mounds View Public Schools. It is supported by the Bush Foundation Accelerated Teacher Education Program Grant.