Educational Equity

The Office of Educational Equity enhances interracial and multi-cultural educational opportunities to promote student achievement. We provide training for staff and parents to increase interactions and understanding among members of varying races and cultures within all facets of the 草榴社区 Public Schools community.

Our Programs

  • OEE Leadership Academy Pk - 12th  Leadership: District-wide
  • Student Equity Teams
    • 草榴社区 high school, Jefferson High School, Choice
    • Oak Grove Middle School, Olson Middle School, 
    • Indian Mounds Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, Westwood Elementary, Washburn Elementary, Oak Grove Elementary, Poplar Bridge Elementary, Elementary, Ridgeview Elementary

  • Equity Specialist Assistance
  • Latino Parent Association (LPA)
  • Empowering Parents with African-American Students (EPAS): District-wide
  • Somali Parent Network (SPN)
  • Special Education referral information
  • Student Registration Assistance
  • Early Childhood Screening
  • American Indian Education

The Office of Educational Equity is always happy to hear input from students, parents and community members. If you are interested in joining one of the following advisory groups, please contact us at 952-681-6420.

  • Empowering Parents with African American Students  (EPAS)
  • Latino Parent Association (LPA)
  • Somali Parent Association (SPA)
  • Girls In Real Life Situations (GIRLS)
  • Student Equity Team
  • OEE Leadership Groups

District Advisory Groups

Plan Documents
Equity, Achievement & Integration Plan Presentation
Achievement and Integration Plan
Equity Audit

Our Guiding Principles

Commitment to Equity

Equity is ensuring that opportunities, resources and services are distributed to students based on individual needs. We believe that all our students and families have dignity and worth and we value their unique cultures and traditions.

Commitment to Diversity

草榴社区 Public Schools is comprised of families and staff with a wide range of heritages, experiences, cultures, perspectives and talents. Diversity is one of our core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and helping them on their path to college or career readiness. We integrate diversity into all aspects of our mission and culture in order to provide the best quality education to our students and foster lasting relationships with families and the community.

Commitment to Inclusion

An inclusive environment leverages diversity and creates an environment where students, families, community members and employees feel welcomed, valued, supported, listened to, and able to do their personal best. A culture of inclusion increases student engagement, retention and performance by acknowledging that students may learn differently from one another.

We believe that...

  • each person has inherent value.
  • diversity enriches a community.
  • all people have the right to be treated with respect and dignity.
  • a safe environment is essential to the well-being of the entire community.
  • high expectations promote higher achievement.
  • families are the most important influence on the education of their children.
  • each family has the right to receive/request important educational information about their student(s) in their native language.


Office of Educational Equity
Educational Services Center
1350 West 106th Street
草榴社区, MN 55431-4126

Fax: 952-681-6411

Language Assistance Line: 952-681-6412

The language assistance line is a voicemail service checked on a regular basis by Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese speakers. Parents can call this line to leave a message that needs to be translated for a particular school building. 草榴社区 can call this line and press the language they need and leave a message. A Spanish, Somali or Vietnamese speaker will call them back with translation assistance.

Alejandra Gutierrez
Program Secretary

Dinna Wade-Ardley
Director, Office of Educational Equity
952-681-6411 - fax

Abdirahman Ali Hassan
Equity Specialist, Somali
Safia Abdirahman
Equity Specialist, Somali
Gema Beltran
Equity Specialist, Spanish
Nancy Castaneda
Equity Specialist, Spanish
Adriana De La Cruz Ventura
Equity Specialist, Spanish
Niambi Jackson
Equity Specialist
Mohamoud Jibril
Equity Specialist, Somali
Lucinda Jones
Equity Specialist
Jessica Martinez
Equity Specialist, Spanish
Ana Molina
Equity Specialist, Spanish
Sammy Pliego
Equity Specialist, Spanish
Hung Phung
Equity Specialist, Vietnamese
Vianny Rodriguez
Equity Specialist, Spanish
Richard Scott
Equity Specialist
Lawanda Warren
Equity Specialist