The Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented supports Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in our communities.
June 9, 2020
Two weeks ago, an unarmed, black, Minneapolis citizen, George Floyd, suffered a brutal and senseless death while in the custody of police. Since his death, millions of people across the globe are demanding #JusticeforGeorge and societal change. We grieve the tragic loss of George Floyd’s life, and add our voices to those seeking positive change.
The Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented supports Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in our communities. We know that gifted education has a history of unequal identification of students of color in gifted and talented programs. We commit to actively work against systemic barriers in support of equitable access to gifted services and programs in MN.
As an organization, we will:
- continue to advocate for universal screening, a proven method for identifying gifted students in traditionally underrepresented populations of gifted students.
- be intentional about connecting with educational organizations that champion people of color.
- continue to develop and support opportunities for underrepresented populations to explore their gifts and find their passions.
- actively seek the voices of our diverse Minnesota community and prioritize this important dialogue as our work continues.
- continue to provide information and resources to promote equity in gifted education and gifted support.
While we do not have all the answers to ensuring equitable access to gifted education and opportunities, we pledge to work together to connect, help, advocate, and talk (CHAT) about the important issues our children face as they navigate our world.
The Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented