Increasing Education and Income Equity in MN Print E-mail


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Present a Forum in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Free and Affordable Career Certificate and College Degree Programs



Tuesday, January 17

6 p.m. - Free Pizza Buffet and Social                6:30 p.m. - Program


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martin-luther-king-march 63Though it has been over 50 years since the Civil Rights Act was passed, Minnesota has fallen far short of the ideals of equity espoused by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  The Think Again Brooklyns January forum, presented in collaboration with Hennepin Technical College and North Hennepin Community College, will give an overview of racial disparities in MN and an introduction to new education programs in MN public high schools and colleges which aim to prepare students for good paying jobs with long term career potential.  


Your children and grandchildren or nieces and nephews in middle school and high school are welcome.  Because taking courses that count toward college in high school often requires prerequisite courses offered in middle school, it's important that middle school students plan ahead and start setting goals related to their college and career possibilities.


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                 Moderator - Jean Maierhofer
      Chief Diversity and Affirmative Action Officer
                  Hennepin Technical College



MN's Demographic Change & Worst in the Nation Disparities


craig helmstetterCraig Helmstetter, Senior Research Manager at the Wilder Foundation, will address the challenges and opportunities of the changing age distribution in the MN and US population as the Babyboomer generation reaches retirement age.  Based on data from the US Census Bureau, the MN State Demographers Office, and the Department of Education, among others, he will explain the wide variation in education, employment, and income for people of different racial and cultural backgrounds in MN and the importance of closing MN's disparities.


As a Senior Research Manager, Craig oversees a research unit focusing on data-driven projects including the Compass quality of life initiative, which provides information on an array of topics relating to community well-being, and the Sprockets database, in use by providers of out-of-school time activities for children in Saint Paul.



Raising Achievement through Student Centered Education


alex leonardAlex Leonard, Dean of Students at Patrick Henry High School, will speak on Patrick Henry's student centered approach which contributed to the school achieving the highest graduation rate in the Minneapolis School System in 2015. Mr. Leonard will focus on the approach the Ujima Collective is taking to increase black males' interest in education and achievement. Ujima is a Swahili term meaning collective work and responsibility. The collective is a group of educators who observed that African American males begin to lose interest in their education after 4th grade and decided to meet to discuss ways to support the success of black male scholars.



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Alison Leintz, Academic Program Coordinator, Hennepin Technical College




  felipa cespedesEarnings and Unemployent by Education, Degree Programs at NHCC,
  MN Dream Act, Work/Study

   Felipa Cespedes, Latino Outreach and Success Specialist, North Hennepin Community College



  A Question and Answer discussion will follow.



HTC and NHCC are affirmative action, equal opportunity employers and educators.



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MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

Get details on how to vote at

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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