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University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff Feb 6, 2017 $75.00 $0.00
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Creating Community in a Diverse School Environment

Lee Mun Wah

This workshop will provide basic, practical techniques on how to develop alliances and a sense of community between multicultural groups. We will focus on how to create an environment of trust and a sense of community where similarities and differences are valued, acknowledged, and considered useful. Participants will be taken through a series of exercises that will help them learn more about each other and what each has to offer that is uniquely theirs. In addition, opportunities will be provided for participants to share the stories and life experiences that have shaped and impacted who they have become, as well as their aspirations for the future. This very intimate and moving experience often leaves participants feeling they have grown closer in friendship and in understanding. We highly recommend this seminar for those participants who have either grown up or worked in mostly monocultural environments.

Participants will learn the following:

  • Insight, ideas, and suggested resources needed to build and maintain alliances interpersonally and cross-culturally
  • Strategies to motivate and retain multicultural groups
  • Techniques on how to listen and respond to intercultural communications
  • Ways to integrate mainstream cultures with new entries into the workplace
  • The Art of Listening & Responding
  • Nine Healthy Ways To Communicate

About Lee Mun Wah:

Lee Mun Wah is an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, Asian folkteller, educator, community therapist and master diversity trainer. For more than 25 years he was a resource specialist and counselor in the San Francisco Unified School District. He later became a consultant to private schools, working with students that had severe learning and behavioral issuesThousands of people from government and social service agencies, corporations and educational institutions have taken Lee Mun Wah’s workshops and partnered with Stirfry Seminars & Consulting on their diversity initiatives. It is Lee Mun Wah’s belief that we cannot wait until tomorrow for some charismatic leader to appear who will bring us all together. We each must take a stand and personally participate in this important journey of confronting our fears and beginning a conversation not only with those we love but also with those we have been taught to fear.


ULA 2016/2017 Theme:

Make it Real: Instructional Leadership = Racial Equity

Minnesota school leaders must create an equitable and culturally responsive space for all students to learn. In order to drive change, racial equity must be at the center of instructional leadership. Join us for ULA’s 2016 to 2017 workshop series, to focus and reflect on what it means to be a racially equitable leader, providing expertise and vision for your district, your school, your team, your classroom.

For the past 21 years, the Urban Leadership Academy has provided programming and sustained dialogue focused on the continuous professional development of school leaders. Each workshop provides school leaders the opportunity to explore the complexity of leading learning organizations in order to better serve students. The ULA advisory board, comprised of district leaders from our seven member districts, continues to build on the educational strengths and challenges explored through each thematic series.


Workshops are held 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM. Continental breakfast and registration begins at 8:00 am, and lunch is provided as well.

CEUs earned: 5 (both teacher clock hour certificates and administrative CEU certificates are available)


We are committed to providing a comfortable, inclusive, and respectful environment for all members of our communities. If there is information you feel would be helpful for us to know, including disability, nursing mother, or other accommodation needs, please contact Jesscia McLain,

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TIES Event Center
1644 Larpenteur Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (CST)

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Urban Leadership Academy (ULA), Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development

The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) is an interdisciplinary unit focusing on educational and organizational change in local, national, and international contexts. OLPD is home to 47 faculty and staff serving students from across the world in undergraduate programs, professional development learning opportunities, and graduate programs.

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