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Pan-Afrikan Center at Augsburg University
The mission of the Pan-Afrikan Center at Augsburg University is to nurture and support all students of Afrikan descent and enhance their educational and personal development through programs and services that promote cultural, historical, and community awareness of Pan-Afrikan people.
Equity is central to the Bush Foundation’s purpose: to inspire and support creative problem solving, within and across sectors, to make our region better for everyone.
Nationally recognized as the nation’s top college for undergraduate teaching, Carleton College is known for its academic rigor, intellectual curiosity, and sense of humor.
Center for Youth and Community Leadership in Education (CYCLE)
The Center for Youth and Community Leadership in Education (CYCLE) partners with communities and school districts looking to build collective power through grassroots leadership, organizing, advocacy, and relationship building.
Communities for Just Schools Fund
The Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF) is a new national donor collaborative that supports constituency-led organizing efforts to create positive and supportive school climates, which affirm and foster the success of all students.
Education Evolving advances student-centered learning for all students, by supporting teachers designing and leading schools, and by advocating for policy that is open to innovation.
Education Minnesota is the leading advocate for public education in Minnesota. Education Minnesota gives “voice” to the issues that affect educators and their students. We make sure our members’ voices are heard anywhere decisions get made that affect public education.
Educators for Excellence
Educators for Excellence envisions an equitable and excellent education system that provides all students the opportunity to succeed and elevates the teaching profession. They ensure that teachers have a leading voice in the policies that impact their students and profession.
Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing
Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) is a dynamic collective of social justice funders and youth organizing practitioners dedicated to advancing advances a strong and well-resourced youth organizing field that is aligned around strategies for building power and supports young people to play leading roles in broad based alliances for a just and equitable society.
The Graves Foundation mission is to support organizations that provide disadvantaged youth in greater Minneapolis with access to the resources, opportunities, and caring relationships that will propel them to a successful life.
Since 1854, Hamline University has set the standard for excellence in a liberal arts education. Deeply rooted in justice, civic responsibility, and Methodist values, Hamline’s liberal arts curriculum prepares students to think critically, develop a worldly perspective, and become creative problem solvers for the future.
Harvard Graduate School of Education
For nearly 100 years, the Harvard Graduate School of Education has prepared smart and passionate individuals to become transformative leaders in education.
Haymarket Books‘ mission is to publish books that contribute to struggles for social and economic justice. They strive to make their books a vibrant and organic part of social movements and the education and development of a critical, engaged, international left.
Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota
Since the Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center was established it has directly engaged youth from groups that have been historically underrepresented in STEM fields. Its mission is empowering youth to change our world through science.
Macalester College was founded on a firm belief in the transformational power of the liberal arts education. Since then, Macalester’s students and alumni have demonstrated that power as a force for positive change.
Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium
MAEC’s mission is to promote excellence and equity in education to achieve social justice. MAEC envisions a day when all students have equitable opportunities to learn and achieve at high levels.
Minnesota Equity Education Partnership
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.
One of the first community foundations in the world, The Minneapolis Foundation brings together people, ideas, and resources to improve lives, locally and globally.
Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a dynamic and widely recognized educational organization that is a trusted resource for history. It is highly valued for its historical resources, educational impact, service, advocacy and leadership.
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is the largest philanthropic organization in New England that focuses exclusively on education. The Foundation supports the promotion and integration of student-centered approaches to learning at the high school level across New England—where learning is personalized; learning is competency-based; learning takes place anytime, anywhere; and students exert ownership over their own learning.
Normandale Community College
Normandale Community College is proud to be a place that meets students at any point of their educational journey, providing them a path to success. They specialize in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and provide academic, career-focused, and interest-based programs to help students accomplish their goals.
New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) is a group of current and former public school educators and their allies committed to fighting for social justice in our school system and society at large, by organizing and mobilizing teachers, developing curriculum, and working with community, parent, and student organizations.
The Public Science Project at the City University of New York
The Public Science Project collaborates with academics, community organizations, schools, prisons, and public institutions to design, conduct, and support research and practice aimed at interrupting injustice.
Science Museum of Minnesota
This summer, experience the fascinating world of Leonardo da Vinci alongside an awe-inspiring video showcase of the 101 greatest inventions of all time, live the exhilarating moments of preparation, liftoff, landing, and return of the historic Apollo 11 mission, and much more – all at the Science Museum of Minnesota!
The New Press
The New Press publishes books that promote and enrich public discussion and understanding of the issues vital to our democracy and to a more equitable world.
Twin Cities Innovation Alliance
The mission of the Twin Cities Innovation Alliance is to build and develop a critical mass of diverse, highly-engaged residents, policy makers, and entrepreneurs, made up of minorities and people of color traditionally identified as the end users and consumers of innovation and design and transforming them into the purveyors and beneficiaries.
University of Connecticut, Neag School of Education
The Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut has earned recognition as top public school graduate school of education in part through their excellence in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students; their outstanding faculty, who engage in innovative research; and their forward-thinking teacher education programs.
University of Michigan, School of Education
The mission of the School of Education at the University of Michigan is to generate, study, and teach strategies, practices, and tools for addressing educational problems and to prepare practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers who can develop equitable and just educational opportunities.
University of Minnesota, African American and African Studies
Through teaching, research, and public engagement, the African American and African Studies Department exposes students to the pressing challenges of today’s world, as well as possibilities for social change. The Department is committed to the work of sparking students’ interest and curiosity, as well as guiding them to become imaginative thinkers, activist-scholars, confident writers, and dynamic citizens of a world community.
University of Minnesota, Chicano and Latino Studies
One of the Chicano and Latino Studies Department goals is to support and increase the presence of Chicanos and Latinos in the intellectual, political, and social professions, both within and beyond the Midwest. Both of these efforts promote cultural affirmation, social justice values, and community service.
University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts
The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning. CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, to be innovators in their chosen fields, to create meaning in their lives and in their life’s work, and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world.
University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota ranks among the country’s top 10 professional public policy and planning schools, widely recognized for its success in advancing the common good through a comprehensive, world-class program.
University of Minnesota, Sociology Department
In the Sociology Department at the University of Minnesota, they strive to challenge their students intellectually and help them to get involved in cutting-edge research on campus while supporting a diversity of viewpoints and experiences.
University of Pittsburgh, Center for Urban Education
The Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh has a vision to be a space of learning and sharing with communities to positively transform educational opportunities and experiences.