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2016 MinnSPRA Spring Conference

April 15, 2016 @ 7:45 am - 4:30 pm

$120 – $170.00

“Equity and Diversity in School Communications:
Engaging Families. Leading Change.”

As Minnesota continues to undergo a profound demographic shift, issues of race, religion, gender and other differences persist in our schools and communities. As communications leaders, we must actively engage families from increasingly diverse backgrounds and help lead change in our organizations to ensure equity for all students.

Participants will learn about their unconscious bias, take part in a privilege walk activity and get actionable tips on how to embed equity in everything you do. A panel of Twin Cities television, radio and print journalists will also share their insights about covering these stories and how their newsrooms handle issues of equity and diversity in their coverage.

There will also be breakout sessions on gender equity, creating safe schools for Muslim students, parent engagement for diverse communities, and diverse communications toolkit. Join us for this day-long conversation and learning opportunity about equity and diversity.

Register by scrolling down to the bottom of this page by Friday, April 8 to receive the Early Bird price of $120 for MinnSPRA Members or $150 for non-members.


7:30-8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast


8:00-8:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions


8:15-9:00 a.m. Opening ActivitiesMichelle Bierman, Director, Office of Equity, Saint Paul Public Schools


9:00-10:00 a.m. Beyond Tip Sheets: Embedding Equity in Everything You DoStan Alleyne – Senior Consultant, Tunheim


10:15-11:30 a.m. Equity, Diversity and the Media – A panel of Twin Cities journalists will talk about covering stories of equity and diversity, the challenges they face and how their newsrooms handle these issues in their coverage. Angela Davis, reporter and weekend anchor, WCCO-TV; Laura Yuen, reporter, Minnesota Public Radio, and Maria Reeve, deputy metro editor, Star Tribune.


11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch, Annual Meeting, Awards and Presentation


1:10-2 p.m. Unconscious BiasJames Burroughs, Equity and Diversity Leader, Common Sense Consulting


2:10-3 p.m. Breakout Sessions – Choose from the following four:

·         Family Engagement for Diverse CommunitiesTyrize Cox, Director, Office of Family Engagement and Community Partnerships, Saint Paul Public Schools

·         Gender EquityDr. Mary Hoelscher, program specialist, Out for Equity, Saint Paul Public Schools

·         Creating Safe Schools for Muslim StudentsRashed Ferdous and Zafar Siddiqui, Co-founder and President, Islamic Resource Group

·         Diverse Communications ToolkitSyreeta Wilkins, Marketing and Communications Manager, Hiawatha Academies, and Andrew Hagen, webmaster, Wayzata Public School


3:10-4 p.m. Breakout Sessions – Sessions listed above repeated


4:00-4:15 p.m. Additional Resources and Closing


4:15 p.m. Continue the Conversations – There will be an informal gathering at the hotel bar


Hotel reservations:
Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington,
3900 American Blvd. West, Bloomington MN 55437

Click here to make reservations at the special “Good Neighbor” rate for MinnSPRA conference attendees

Thank you to our Diamond sponsor: 


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April 15, 2016
7:45 am - 4:30 pm
$120 – $170.00
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