Wenonah's Equity Team

Statement of Purpose

The Wenonah school community, along with Wenonah’s Equity team is a group of staff, educators, and parents who are actively working towards identifying and dismantling barriers to educational success for our students.  We acknowledge that school systems have historically been places that perpetuated racist policies via the decimation of culture and language, criminalization of children, discriminatory discipline practices, and curriculum and testing fraught with bias. It is our moral responsibility to teach against injustice and point out inequities.

We stand on the homelands of the Wahpekute Nation of Dakota Sioux, which was taken without consent. We honor with gratitude the people who have stewarded the land throughout the generations and their ongoing contributions to this region. We acknowledge the ongoing injustices that we have committed against the Dakota Nation, and we wish to interrupt this legacy, beginning with acts of healing, disruption of injustice, and honest storytelling about this place.

We are looking for ways to disrupt the status quo to actively engage, welcome and create space for our students and families who have been historically marginalized, including BIPOC, non-Gender conforming, differently abled, neurodiverse, non-dominant religious groups, English Language Learners LGBTQIA+, and students experiencing housing insecurity. (This list is not exhaustive and will continue to be updated.) Disrupting the status quo includes examining ways in which white supremacy culture/white centering shows up in our school community so we can create a more equitable school culture.

Get Involved!

We invite all families to get involved in this important work. If you would like learn more. or if you want to join or help us start a parent/care-giver Equity Team, please conact Wenonah Social Worker, jennifer Frisbie, at 612-668-5042 or jennifer.frisbie@mpls.k12.mn.us.