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Summer camp for teachers

Edcamp draws educators to Hamline for dialogue on equity in education 

Educators from across Minnesota came together at Hamline University for the Minnesota Educational Equity Edcamp to discuss challenges and educational disparities many students and families of color and American Indian students and families face.

After a panel discussion, conference participants broke into small groups for discussion on a variety of topics they helped define.

Abdul Abdullahi, cultural liaison for Edina Public Schools, attended a discussion on increasing the number of teachers of color and American Indian students in Minnesota’s schools.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 31 percent of Minnesota’s K-12 students are culturally and linguistically diverse, while teachers of color and American Indian teachers represent just 4.2 percent of the state’s teacher workforce, Abdullahi pointed out.

“A lot of districts are having their numbers of students of color increasing. The students should be able to see people who look like them, who can relate with them more closely and teach them. That motivates and inspires them,” he said.

The purpose of the daylong conference was to provide “a safe environment for individuals to have meaningful dialogue on tough issues,” said Trish Harvey, an assistant professor in Hamline’s School of Education and a member of the event planning committee. “Because of Hamline’s commitment to equity and social justice, it made perfect sense for us to host this event.”