A Community Conversation on Putting Children First

Building off the work of Teachers College, Columbia University's Racial Literacy Lecture Series, Dean’s Forums feature candid conversations on race, equity & education at the School of Education.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM



Free; tickets are required


University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis Campus
Thornton Auditorium (TMH 260)
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium.

"A Community Conversation on Putting Children First"

Join us for a conversation with community educators to discuss the newly proposed amendment, titled Putting Children First, to the Minnesota State Constitution.

Dissenting in Skeen v. State, Justice Page, citing Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, noted the lack of equal opportunities for all Minnesota children. Twenty-seven years later, while Minnesota is a national leader in education on some dimensions—including equalizing school funding and promoting school choice via open enrollment and charter schools—its efforts have not translated into better outcomes for students of color and those from low- or moderate-income families, regardless of race or ethnicity. Instead, our achievement gaps are deep, persistent, and getting worse. This is a statewide crisis.

Read more about the proposed amendment in the Closing Minnesota's Achievement Gap: Why a Constitutional Amendment? information flyer.

About the Speakers

Neel Kashkari has been the president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis since 2016. In this role, he serves on the Federal Open Market Committee, bringing the Ninth Federal Reserve District’s perspective to monetary policy discussions in Washington, D.C. In addition to his responsibilities as a monetary policymaker, Kashkari oversees all of the Bank’s operations and was instrumental in establishing the Minneapolis Fed’s Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute, whose mission is to improve the economic well-being of all Americans. Kashkari earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He went on to become an aerospace engineer, developing technology for NASA missions. But he eventually turned to finance and public policy, earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, joined Goldman Sachs in San Francisco and served in several senior positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, including overseeing the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, during the financial crisis. Before joining the Minneapolis Fed, Kashkari ran for governor of California in 2014 on a platform focused on economic opportunity

Alan Page was Minnesota's first African-American Supreme Court Justice and served from 1992-2015. For a half century, he has committed himself to lifting up students of color to pursue post-secondary education. In 1988, he and his wife, Diane, established the Page Education Foundation, which, to date, has awarded $15 million in grants to 7,000 students. An ardent defender of equal education for children, Page is a Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient and a member of both the College and Pro Football halls of fame. 


4:30 p.m. Welcome from School of Education Dean Kathlene Holmes Campbell
4:40-5:10 p.m. Featured Speakers: Neel Kashkari and Alan Page
5:10-5:30 p.m. Community Educators' Responses to the Proposed Amendment
5:30-5:50 p.m. Interactive Discussion with Attendees
5:50-6 p.m. Closing from School of Education Dean Kathlene Holmes Campbell
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