For almost a quarter century, Education Minnesota has been heralded as one of the nation’s strongest labor organizations, with a storied reputation as advocates for educators and public school students with equal commitment.

Knowing that the key to quality educational opportunities for youth is a strong support system for those charged to nurture them, Education Minnesota is much more than just a union. It is a coalition of parents, teachers, administrators, and community leaders, all working in concert towards the common goal of improving the quality of life for young people.

Education Minnesota is committed to meaningful, intentional, and ongoing work to advance racial and social justice for its members, and Minnesota students and communities; spearheading their Racial Equity Advocates (REA) program; and advancing the work of its Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee (EMAC). Rooted in an examination of self-reflection, opportunities to engage with others, and an exploration of the systems of injustice, Education Minnesota provides opportunities for members and staff to engage and lead in justice work, sets clear organizational goals, and encourages reflection to ensure growth on its equity journey.

Education Minnesota was at the forefront of creating curricula that reflect diversity, and their mission continues; EM provides educators with strategies to eradicate culturally insensitive practices in the school system.

Education Minnesota’s hard work has resulted in initiatives that improve the day-to-day classroom experience for teachers and students, such as self-care during COVID-19 seminars, cultural competence training, lesson plans about Minnesota’s diverse history, student-driven immigration oral histories, and more.

Education Minnesota does not just give lip service to the issues that affect the educational system; they put their philosophies into action with policy makers on the state level and in Washington. Many progressive developments in American public education started as part of the Education Minnesota brain trust.

The dynamic educational namesake of this award, Rosena J. Willis, lost the ability to teach when her Virginia school district closed rather than desegregate. Thanks to the efforts of Education Minnesota, no child or teacher will ever be left behind due to race, creed or color.

Learn more about the Education Minnesota programs through the following links:

2021 HCR Awards Honorees

Black Organizing Project
Black Organizing Project
California
Children of Smithfield
Children of Smithfield
Nebraska
Hmong Language & Cultural Enrichment Program
Hmong Language & Cultural Enrichment Program
Wisconsin
Chris Dier
Chris Dier
Louisiana
Dr. Clarence Jones
Dr. Clarence Jones
California/New Jersey
Project 16:49
Project 16:49
Wisconsin
Reggie Jackson
Reggie Jackson
Wisconsin
Sam Long
Sam Long
Colorado
Unidos Minnesota
Unidos MN
Minnesota
Wilhelmina Yazzie
Wilhelmina Yazzie
New Mexico