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Professor Rebecca A. Neal and Dr. Stanley Brown ʼ07 Recognized for Advancing Equity in Education


Rebecca A. Neal, an associate professor in the Hamline School of Education and director of the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching (CEUT), has been awarded the Ron McKinley “All My Relations” Award by the Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MNEEP).

In addition, Hamline alumnus Dr. Stanley Brown ʼ07, coordinator of equity and inclusion for Hopkins Public Schools, was also selected to receive the same award.

MNEEP conferred the honor during the organizationʼs annual meeting, Racing to Justice: Seizing The Moment of Truth, which was conducted virtually on Friday, December 11, 2020.

MNEEP selected Neal for the award for her efforts to establish a Minnesota school climate institute at Hamline and her work “...to address and end the de facto racial segregation that our E-12 schools produce through the use of punitive and exclusionary student discipline practices.”

Currently, Brown and Neal co-lead a multidisciplinary mentorship program to recruit and retain early career BIPOC teachers.

The Ron McKinley “All My Relations” award recognizes leaders who work toward ending racism in Minnesota education systems and who accelerate the success of Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American students and all students of color. “All My Relations” is a powerful expression used by the many nations of Native Americans to express the interconnectedness and oneness of humanity.

Ron McKinley co-founded MNEEP and was the first executive director of the organization. MNEEP uses a race equity lens to transform educational institutions, organizations, and leaders to ensure that students of color and Native American students achieve full academic success and realize their leadership potential. He also was a co-founder of CEUT.

Written by staff.