Education not only shapes values and beliefs, but it also helps people grow and develop physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Education empowers people to address the urgency of our time and to act. Lack of access to quality education is one of the root causes of poverty and economic hardship which in turn drive people to choose migration as a means of seeking job opportunities and improving their lives. However, individuals belonging to marginalized groups are often denied access to adequate education, resulting in significant differences in educational success and efficacy.
Join our conversation on Wednesday, January 12 at 3 p.m. Central as host Charish Badzinski with a panel of experts will discuss emerging challenges to our education system and actions we can take to ensure education justice for all.
Registration is free and open to the public as we provide a forum for constructive conversation on these important issues. To register, visit www.exploringintersections.org online.
January 12, 2022
3:00 PM (CST)
Born and raised in Southeastern Wisconsin, Megan Dewane received bachelor’s degrees in English and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After working in the private sector for five years, she returned to UW-Madison to fulfill her lifelong goal of becoming a teacher. She earned her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with licenses to teach English and English as a Second Language (ESL). Megan is currently teaching at a public high school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, servicing predominantly students from low income backgrounds. Reinforced by her own classroom experience, she seeks opportunities to fight for education equity for all students.
Mary Elizabeth Grimes
Mary Elizabeth Grimes has been the president of Marian Middle School, St. Louis, Missouri, since December 2013. An effective leader with more than 20 years of experience, Mary Elizabeth has led both for-profits and nonprofits through successful growth and transition. Prior to her role at Marian, Mary Elizabeth served as State Director at the Greater Missouri Chapter of March of Dimes where she transformed the chapter into a sustainable and operationally efficient organization.
Mary Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College and an Executive MBA from Washington University. As president, she is responsible for staff oversight, financial management, fund development, strategic planning, and operations for the school. In December 2016, she received the Incarnate Word Leadership Award for exemplary leadership and for mentoring Marian girls.
Mary Willette, SSND
Sister Mary Willette has spent most of her life in Catholic schools as a student, teacher, academic dean, and administrator. In 1968, Sister Mary professed vows as a School Sisters of Notre Dame, a community with the charism of education. Guided and inspired by this charism, she learned that education gives young people the opportunity to develop to their full potential and a “power” to transform the world. Following years of ministry in the traditional Catholic schools, Sister Mary began service as principal of San Miguel Middle School of Minneapolis, a school designed to educate and empower inner city youth. After serving five years as coordinator at the Generalate of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Rome, Italy, Sister Mary returned to formal education at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis where she presently serves as coordinator of volunteers.
Sister Mary received her bachelor’s degree in religious education from Mount Mary in Milwaukee, a master’s degree in theology from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and her administrative licensure from the University of Saint Mary’s in Minneapolis.