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Ryan Williams-Virden:

Bachelor of Arts: Hamline University

Master of Liberal Studies: Metropolitan State University

Master of Education, Diversity and Equity in Education: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Ryan is a cis-gender white man from Northeast Minneapolis. He knew he wanted to become a teacher when his 5th grade history teacher picked him to lead a lesson on Minnesota history. He was a classroom instructor for nine years, teaching social justice in social studies classes. He currently serves as a dean of students at a charter high school in South Minneapolis. He has led teacher professional development trainings on deconstructing whiteness for the past six years while blogging about the intersections of race, class, gender, and education.

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Ian McLaughlin:

Associate of Arts: Landmark College

Bachelor of Arts: Occidental College

Master of Education: University of Minnesota

Ian is a cis-gender white man born and raised in New York, New York. School never came easily to him as he was diagnosed with both dyslexia and ADHD. Ultimately, he decided education was the perfect place for him, as he realized there are not many people with disabilities in education. He has taught as a classroom special education teacher for seven years, a special education coordinator for two years, and an adjunct professor of special education at the undergraduate and graduate level for four years.