This guide is the result of the work and inspiration of many people. We owe a special debt of gratitude to Natela Jordan, Education Coordinator at the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center, who has been the driving force behind this curriculum. Throughout its development, she recognized the value of each story and gave each a considerable amount of thought and care. Without her tireless efforts, dedication, and coordination, this guide would not be possible.We are also very thankful to Kristi Rudelius-Palmer, Co-Director of the Human Rights Center, for her inspiration, support, and guidance throughout the process.
We would like to thank Paul Mattessich, the Executive Director of Wilder Research, and Nancy Hartzler, Communications Manager for providing ideas on the use of the statistics in the curriculum, and helping to develop a vision for this curriculum beyond the classroom. We would also like to acknowledge Jennifer Ford Reedy, the Coordinator of the Itasca Project and Allison Barmann from McKinsey & Co for their feedback and suggestions.
Additionally, we would like to thank Daniel Bergin, the inspiring and talented producer of the Close the Gap, and Lucy Swift, Partnership Development Director from the Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) for inspiring discussions and valuable suggestions. We would also like to thank educators Jenny Eisele and Nancy Flowers for contributing suggestions for classroom activities, and Sandhya Agrawal for helping to review the guide.Finally, we are extremely grateful to additional members of the Human Rights Center staff for their hard work on the project, including John Colombo, Patrick Finnegan, Sai Ram Kuchibhatla, Korla Masters, and Rima Reda.