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Overcoming Racism 2018 Equity-Oriented Leadership Institute

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Minnesota Department of Education Conference Center

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Roseville, MN 55113

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The 2018 Equity-Oriented Leadership Institute for educational leaders will take place on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the Minnesota Department of Education, 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113. The program will begin promptly at 8:00 am and conclude at 4:30 pm. Lunch will be included. Time for informal networking will be available from 7:30-8:00 am and from 4:30-5:00 pm.

How to register

Please register your team for consideration by following this two-step process

1) Clicking on this Leadership Institute Application to give us more detailed information on your team then

2) Clicking on "Register" via this Eventbrite system.

Please note that registration does not mean that your registration has been accepted. When you register on Eventbrite please choose only the "Pay by Invoice" option. Do not select the "pay by credit card or check" options. After you have been selected, we will issue you an invoice for payment.

Registration deadline

Registration closes on Monday, November 20.

How to pay

After you have received a formal acceptance notification we will send you an invoice for payment.

Leadership Institute Goals

This Leadership Institute is designed for leadership teams from educational institutions, both K-12 and higher education, who have already made a commitment and undertaken actions to advance educational equity for diverse populations. The goals of this year’s Leadership Institute are:

  • To deepen participants’ understanding of the work and mindfulness required of equity leaders.

  • To sharpen participants’ ability to drive change in their organizations through use of the Equity Lens Process and Gogins’s Equity Leadership Model.

  • To enable each team time to engage in intensive work with a trained FREC facilitator/consultant around the equity work they are doing in their organization or community.

  • To showcase exemplary tools and resources that teams can bring in to enhance their equity work within their setting.

Program Overview

The theme of this Institute is “Equity-Oriented Leadership: Awakening, Woke, Taking Command.” The Institute will include new learning, team interaction, and individual reflection. Each team will be assigned an experienced FREC facilitator/consultant who will work with your team before, during, and after the Institute. We will also provide significant blocks of time for participating teams to work with a resident expert to address key challenges and opportunities they face in their local setting. At the end of the day, participants will leave with individual and collective action steps to enhance their equity-oriented leadership in their local setting.

Our keynote presenter will be Jamie Almanzán, founder of The Equity Collaborative, LLC in Oakland, California. Almanzán will address the challenging work that equity-oriented leaders have to engage in throughout their careers to create more equitable learning environments. Four of Minnesota’s outstanding equity-oriented leaders will share their personal journeys and how they led successful organizational change. This Institute will also introduce an array of practical tools and resources that educational teams can use after they return to their local setting to further develop themselves as equity leaders and to achieve their equity outcome goals.

Continuing education credits will be available for eligible participants. Certificates of completion will be provided to all participants.

Who Should Attend?

Each participating district or institution will be asked to bring a team of four to eight individuals including at least one of the following:

1) A representative from your board or governing body.

2) A representative from your executive or leadership team.

3) A representative with responsibility for equity or diversity work.

4) A faculty leader (e.g., union president, Senate president, or other significant leader).

In addition, each organization may include 1-4 informal organizational change agents as part of their team.

Each participating team will do approximately four hours of critical prep work before the Institute and engage in follow-up work after the conclusion of the Institute. Names and contact information of participants and facilitators will be shared among all Institute participants unless we are directed otherwise.

Leaders and teams who wish to participate should apply for registration by clicking on "Tickets" via this Eventbrite system by Tuesday, October 24, 2017. If we receive more applications for registration than we can accommodate, our selection committee will select a cohort of leadership teams, paying attention to assembling a cohort that includes leaders from both K-12 and higher education teams. We will notify applicants of their acceptance by November 15, 2017.


The fee to participate in the 2018 Equity-Oriented Leadership Institute for a team of four will be $1000. A charge of $50 will be added for each of up to four additional team members. Our goal is for this workshop to be accessible.


If your team needs a full or partial scholarship, please send an email to leadership@overcomingracism.org indicating the amount your organization can pay and the scholarship amount that you are requesting.

Preparation for the Institute

Each team and its members are required to spend an estimated four hours preparing for the Institute. We will ask each team to do the following:

  • Introductory exchange with an assigned FREC facilitator (in person or by phone/Skype).

  • Pre-Reading: A short piece presenting Gogins’s Equity Leadership Model for Educational Leaders (FREC will provide this article to teams accepted to participate).

  • Briefly assess your organization’s readiness to support equity-oriented leadership and to strategically use an equity lens process in planning, decision-making, and practice (FREC will provide an assessment instrument to teams accepted to participate).

  • Write a “case study” (1-2 pages) about one issue you want help with. Include what you identify as the issue, what actions you have tried to address it, what barriers or resistance you have encountered, and what you find effective and what you find troublesome about this situation.

Further information and tools to assist you in this preparatory work will be sent with the notification of acceptance to participate.

Participating teams are also invited to attend our Overcoming Racism conference on November 3-4, 2017, at Metropolitan State University. The theme of this conference will be “Overcoming Racism: Awakening, Woke, Taking Command.” In addition to outstanding keynote presentations, the Overcoming Racism conference will include over two dozen workshop session of special interest to educators. More information about the Overcoming Racism conference and its presenters and workshops can be accessed at www.overcomingracism.org.


Please contact leadership@overcomingracism.org if you have questions about the Institute. We will plan to respond within two business days of receiving the email.

Continuing education credits

Continuing education credits will be available for eligible participants. Certificates of completion will be provided to all participants.

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