Rep. Carlos Mariani Rosa, Jennifer Godinez, and the Race Equity and Excellence in Education Leadership Team met at the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College today. Rep. Rosa (pictured) is also the Executive Director of the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership. Ms. Godinez is associate director. CLC hosted the kick-off of the Race Equity and Excellence in Education Leadership Team. School administrators and educators as well as leaders from at least six communities were invited, according to Mary Sam, CLC Director of Intercultural Services, Diversity, and Tribal Relations. With a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, our college was selected to house a short-term, part-time Race Equity Policy Fellow, one of three locations (Duluth and the Twin Cities have the other two). The CLC Fellow will provide support and assistance, to develop and enhance the work of area stakeholder to develop a long-term and sustainable action plan to address race equity and excellence in education from the Mille Lacs area to Staples. Mary Sam is leading the CLC effort.