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Minnesota Minority Education Partnership forum to look at equity in education

On Monday night in Bemidji, the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership Inc. will hold the first of six research-based forums it has scheduled around the state.

The forum, which the MMEP says will center on the "academic achievement of students of color and American Indian students," will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University. The free event is open to all those interested in education equity.

Jennifer Godinez, MMEP associate director, said the forum is designed to highlight some disparities in education among different ethnic groups in Minnesota and address cultural and resource issues related to those disparities.

The MMEP, she said, hopes the forum will be an exploration on how various stakeholders together can address the issue of disparities in education.

At the forum, Emmanuel Dolo, MMEP research director, will present highlights from MMEP's 2009 State of Students of Color and American Indian Students Executive Summary.

Also, Shawn Lewis, MMEP program associate, will introduce the Minnesota Covenant for Education Equity with Excellence, which the MMEP released in November. The covenant is a commitment the MMEP is asking community members to make to address gaps in education, Godinez said.

The forum will also feature an interactive discussion amongst attendees.

The MMEP is a St. Paul-based nonprofit collaborative that seeks to "increase the success of students of color in Minnesota schools, colleges and universities," according to the MMEP Web site.