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2020 Student Success Day - Let's Learn Together

Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Where We Go from Here

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Video ImageSeptember 22, 2020, 9:00am-2:30pm
Virtual Event

Participants will be entered to win prizes - including gift cards and college credits! 

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Keynote Speaker 9 am to 10 am
Multiculturalism: A Look at Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Where We Go from Here

Manasseh Kambaki, Andre Crockett, and James "Coach Rob" Robertson  - Presented by Hope Fuse, a non-profit group from Southeastern Minnesota whose mission is "to enhance the quality of life for minorities, at risk youth, and adults with disabilities."  

Manasseh Kambaki  

Manasseh Kambaki

Manasseh Kambaki is the president and founder of Hope Fuse, a nonprofit organization based in Rochester, MN, which is focused on youth mentoring and youth development for youth ages 9-21 years old. He is also a board member for PossAbilities, Rosa Parks Charter School, a committee board member for Rochester Area Foundation scholarships, and sits on the leadership team at Rochester Alternative Learning Center. He holds an A.S. in Human Services, a bachelor's degree in Human Resources, and currently working towards his master's in Healthcare and Human Services Administration from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Andre Crockett  

Andre Crockett

Andre Crockett is the Executive Director of Sport Mentorship Academy. For the past 13 years, Andre Crockett has lectured, trained, and led comprehensive workshops for Y-Mentor, Olmsted County, and Rochester Public Schools. A native of Baltimore, MD, he came to Rochester Community and Technical College to play basketball. He then majored in social work at Winona State University. He was the first one in his family to graduate from college and escape the horrific lifestyle many inner-city kids experience.He believes that if it was not for sports, he would not be alive today.

James W. Robertson, II  

James W. Robertson, II

James W. Robertson, II, a Washington D.C. native, has been developing social and educational programming for close to two decades. He is the national program director for Sports Mentorship Academy and has extensive experience in facilitating, presenting, training and communication, with a special emphasis in cultural awareness and urban youth childhood development. Affectionately known as "Coach Rob," James was a Virginia state champion in track and field and has spent the past 8 years coaching student athletes in Rochester Public Schools. The first in his family to graduate from college, James earned a dual B.S. Degree in Counseling Psychology and Biblical Studies and Theology from Crossroads College in Rochester, MN.

Break Out Sessions 10:15 am to 11 am 

  • Andre Crockett, James "Coach Rob" Robertson, and Manasseh Kambaki: Continuing the Conversation. Join us to engage in further conversation about multiculturalism in today's world, with our keynote speakers, the members of Hope Fuse. Focus will be given to creating a welcoming, inclusive learning environment for all members of our college community. Co-host/Support: Josiah Litant
  • Greg Cady: Racial Equity in Criminal Justice. Criminal Justice instructor Greg Cady will take an in-depth look at the impact of recent social events in the criminal justice system. Co-host/Support: Dawn Lubahn 
  • Leah Schnaith & Leann Cady: Racism has a Cost for Everyone.  Leah and LeAnn lead a discussion about how racism affects the economy.  Conversations will center around the research of Heather McGhee whose startling insights show how racism fuels bad policymaking and drains our economic potential. 

Break Out Sessions 11:15 am to 12 pm

  • Chris Stout: History of Slavery in America. History instructor Chris Stout will discuss the impact of slavery on systemic racism in the United States.  Co-host/Support: Brad Alsop   
  • Janine Mason & Jennifer Aspen: Cultural Practices in Healthcare. Nursing instructors Janine Mason and Jennifer Aspen will lead a student panel discussion sharing some common practices across healthcare in their culture. 
  • Arielle Pompilius:  The Danger of a Single Story. Arielle will lead a discussion of Chimamanda Adichie's "The Danger of Single Story."  Adichie narrates her experience with underrepresentation of African culture in literature and explains the transformative power of representation.  Co-host/Support: Liz Micheel 

Panel and Wrap up 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Narratives from Southeast Minnesota

Our panelists will share, discuss, and address issues and personal experiences regarding race and equity in Southeast MN. This moderated listening session will focus on individual accounts and reactions to a variety of situations encompassing marginalization and the absence of equity in the region. Each panelist will provide a self-introduction, followed by a discussion concentrated on their day-to-day life living in the Winona/Red Wing area. 

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