Our Mission

Minnesota Education Equity Partnership uses a race equity lens to transform educational institutions, organizations, and leaders to ensure that students of color and American Indian students achieve full academic and leadership success.

Our Vision

We envision a just society in which an equitable educational ecosystem ensures all students achieve their full potential. Achieving this vision would mean that race is no longer a predictor of educational success.

We believe that to accomplish this requires the public’s simultaneous commitment to race equity and educational excellence.

Our Values

Minnesota Education Equity Partnership holds these core beliefs in the work we do:

Equity Matters.

We believe all children deserve to achieve their full potential, regardless of race, creed, nationality or class.

Justice Matters.

We believe in the validity of all lived experiences.

Critical Thinking and Self-Actualization Matters.

We believe academic success cannot be narrowly defined. The ability for students to be engaged learners to understand themselves, their histories, their identities, and the world are necessary to build critical thinking and self-actualization skills to release their power in shaping themselves and the world.

History Matters.

We believe the histories of communities of color and low-income people in our society bring context to the treatment by current-day institutions, policies, and practices. We cannot address those systems by ignoring the complexity of their histories with our communities.

Relationships Matter.

We believe in the interconnectedness of community to change systems and the world. Cross-cultural dynamics matter in our work and collaborative relationships are key to changing the world.

Educational Excellence

Educational excellence involves achieving the skills and knowledge needed to prosper in Minnesota’s diverse and rapidly evolving social and economic context. It embraces the various career aspirations present among all students ranging from science to the humanities and from the public to the private.

In this context, Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (formerly MMEP) understands its work as addressing the “opportunity gap” .

This means systemically reforming how we deliver education as opposed to trying to “fix” students. The change Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (formerly MMEP)  seeks is to have educators and policy makers challenge themselves to align schools, colleges and universities with the gifts that exist in students of color and American Indian students.

Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (formerly MMEP) believes that collaborative action offers the best way to align our education system with communities of color. A multi-cultural, multi-racial society requires building dynamic relationships between students, their parents and educators. MNEEP therefore constructs public engagement activities that bring them together into collaborative dialogue and planning leading to student and parent empowerment.

Race Equity in turn requires an understanding of racism and how it impacts the lives of all citizens and especially of students of color and American Indian students. That understanding informs the need to provide these students with the correct kind and level of resources, delivered in the most appropriate manner, that may well at times differ among various student groups.