Recognizing the incredible parallels between WI/MN Native and Hmong experiences, culture, spirituality and community as Indigenous Peoples, we have created the Widening the Circle Education Symposium to acknowledge and address our shared issues with education.
The Symposium is designed to follow traditional Indigenous values in bringing people together through multiple opportunities to meet with Native and Hmong elders and educators to:
Create an environment, which provides educators and students a culturally responsive model of critical multicultural and Indigenous (specifically Native and Hmong) education;
Build relationships that will provide a solid basis through which to better understand their students and communities;
Develop a critical consciousness to deconstruct their biases and stereotypes to begin to see how their practice, and current educational policies can be problematic for students;
Learn positive strategies and ideas to rethink methodologies and infuse a more meaningful and inclusive curriculum and praxis through a critical framework and using Indigenous educational practices, teaching/learning about Indigenous histories, cultures, contemporary issues, and critical multicultural pedagogy to fight oppression and inspire understanding, acceptance, critique sovereignty and respect for all.