EA-MN Newsletter

Equity Alliance MN

Sentiments from Sebastian

A Season of Change

As I conclude my fourth month as Executive Director of Equity Alliance, MN I think about how change can be challenging, but necessary. While making changes, it's paramount that we allow people the proper amount of support while balancing our need to continuously push ourselves. To create an ecosystem that benefits all children, particularly the ones that have been left behind in educational systems, EA-MN has positioned themselves to help school systems and other organizations meet that need.

Professional Development

PELSB Approved Cultural Competency Training

Equity Alliance MN is excited to offer the PELSB Approved Cultural Competency Training on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 8:00am to 4:00pm. This training is aligned to state statute and provides Minnesota teachers the opportunity to engage in activities and in reflective practice to increase cultural responsiveness. Teachers will exit this training with more ideas on how to grow safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning communities in their classrooms. PELSB approved Cultural Competency CEUs will be provided.

Tickets for this event are now on sale at register here.

For more information, you can e-mail Regina Seabrook at rseabrook@ea-mn.org.

Youth Programming

Youth Executive Board has Their Annual Overnight Leadership Retreat

From October 17th through October 19th, 2019, Program Manager, Heidi Fransen and the Youth Executive Board participated in their annual overnight Leadership Retreat. The time away together provides Y.E.B. an opportunity to grow deeper in their bonds, engage in more intense conversation, and participate in a variety of activities (pictured below) designed to deepen the learning around their four core values: Racial and Cultural Understanding, Leadership, Educational Equity and Community Building.

Nothing About Us Without Us: EA-MN Youth Summit 2019

Friday, Oct. 25th, 9am

2500 80th Street East

Inver Grove Heights, MN

On October 25th, Equity Alliance MN is hosting its first ever Open Space Technology Youth Summit, Nothing About Us Without Us. Youth from nine high schools in the East Metro will collaborate to create their own sessions and discuss topics that they care about. They will create an action plan and continue to work towards achieving that action plan for six months after the summit's conclusion.

For more information, visit the website here.

Meet Our Staff!

Sebastian Witherspoon

Sebastian is Equity Alliance MN's Executive Director and a passionate educator who has dedicated seventeen years to helping students, staff, families, and others in leadership roles to develop empathy for under-served and historically marginalized folks by developing programs that create opportunity and educational access. Passionate and thoughtful, Sebastian's purpose is to create meaningful and lasting change organizationally and in the lives of others through empowering educators to effect change in their schools and communities. When Sebastian isn't at work, his life is kept plenty busy by being a dad.

Janine Stammler

Janine currently serves as the Operations Manager for Equity Alliance MN. She has been with the organization for six years, and served as the assistant to the principal at Simely High School for several years prior to her tenure here. Janine has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Minnesota and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Mankato State University. She is passionate about ensuring academic and lifelong success for all children, particularly those who have been historically under-served and misrepresented. Janine has two wonderful sons who keep her very busy in her "spare time". She loves to cook, play sports with her kiddos, read, and go for long walks and enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer.

Dr. Marcellus Davis

Dr. Marcellus Davis has the pleasure of serving students in P-12 educational systems for over 10 years, and higher education for over 10 years. Mr. Davis experience in the area of race equity includes administration, equity specialist, and cabinet level positions in higher education. Dr. Davis background in curriculum and instruction have helped him collaborate to develop impactful learning experiences for students, staff, administrators, and parents. Dr. Davis enjoys spending times with his Wife, children, and family members. He also enjoys learning new ways to transform educational systems by eliminating racial predictability in educational settings.

Regina Seabrook

Regina Seabrook is an innovator who loves education! She manages professional development for Equity Alliance MN and supports Minnesota's teachers, administrators, cultural liaisons, and support staff as equity leaders and as culturally responsive practitioners. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking the trails of Minnesota's state parks, and writing short stories.

Chris Devine

Chris Devine is a Program Manager for Equity Alliance MN. Chris began his teaching tenure for ISD 622 nine years ago where he was able to grow his passion to create equitable environments for every student. As Chris grew beyond the classroom, he wrote and facilitated professional development and curriculum for both district leaders and certified teaching staff. Throughout his career, Chris has held positions as Intervention Specialist, AVID Coordinator, AVID District Director, as well as a National AVID Staff Developer. Beyond his purpose to create positive pathways for every student and opportunities for every teacher to be successful, he is a loving father, husband, and dedicated downhill mountain biker.

Heidi Fransen

Heidi has worked with Equity Alliance MN for the past 12 years as Program Manager for Student Programs. In addition to her work with youth programming, she has lead workshops for teachers, administrators and community members in local and national venues. Prior to her work with Equity Alliance MN, Heidi engaged in community organizing, activism and international conflict transformation in Northern Ireland. Heidi graduated from Hamline University with degrees in Social Justice, Psychology and Conflict Studies. She is passionate about social justice--particularly racial justice, de-colonizing our hearts, being outdoors, playing cards, and spending quality time with those she loves--particularly her two daughters.

Kathy Miller

Kathy Miller is Equity Alliance MN's Accounting Specialist. She formerly lived near Rochester, Minnesota and then relocated to the Twin Cities area six years ago and she and her family now live in Chaska. She has been a Minnesota Public School Business Manager for the past 30 years and truly enjoys the profession. She is a native of Iowa and holds a Bachelors of Arts of degree in Accounting and Business Management.

Jasmine Carroll

Jasmine is Equity Alliance MN's new Administrative Assistant. She has a long history of working in Admin positions, most recently as an Office Manager at a construction company for four years. She has experience working as a teacher with children of color and hopes to carry her passion from working those children, into her race equity work with EA-MN. In her free time, she uses her degree to write, spends time with her two nephews, and likes to adventure around her home in Bloomington, MN.