Racial Equity Advocates wanted for yearlong training

The Minnesota Educator Academy’s Facing Inequalities and Racism in Education (F.I.R.E.) program is looking for 20-24 educators from across the state to participate in a yearlong training to become Racial Equity Advocates (REAs).

This year’s participants will be the first group to pilot the training, and educators who complete the program will have the opportunity to train the next cohort of REAs. 

Online applications will be accepted until June 12. 

REAs will be able to:

  • Serve as a supportive peer for colleagues who are working to develop an anti-racism growth mindset.
  • Deliver professional development and facilitate community learning experiences related to 
  • racial equity.
  • Participate in conflict resolution and restorative justice efforts within learning communities. These communities may include colleagues, administrators, local leaders, parents and students.
  • Examine equity issues with others (administrators, staff, students, parents or community partners).
  • Create an environment for members of learning communities that is safe enough for risk-taking, yet challenging enough for stakeholders to push themselves and each other; a “brave space” is essential for meaningful growth.
  • Select and utilize resources available for training.
  • Engage in reflective practice and conscious self-care.

For more information about the program or to see if you are a good fit to participate, go to www.educationminnesota.org/resources/minnesota-educator-academy/MEA-Fire/REA-Network-Program.

The website includes preferred qualifications for candidates, a training schedule, an interest and experience questionnaire and the online application.

If you are interested in the REA program, but are not able to commit to the requirements, please consider training as a community storyteller. More information on how to sign up is on the website as well.