Active in education since 1978, Debra has a dynamic sense of societal transformation that comes with multi-generational contact over time. Add to that a Bachelors Degree in Vocational Education, a Masters Degree in Management with an emphasis on Human Resources, English as a Second Language (ESL) training and Safe Zone certification, and that makes Debra a socially- aware person who brings a lot of classroom and real-world experience to the table.
Her circle of friends and family is broad and diverse, giving Debra an up-close-and-personal view of how multi-racial society can – and should – function. She believes that diversity makes any organization or community a richer and more vibrant place. Debra is a “project-oriented” multi-tasker and has a professional range of assets that is balanced with a sense of community involvement.
Debra loves to re-finish old furniture, read a good book and enjoys relaxing with family and friends. She’s a board member for the Alexandria Literacy Project and volunteers with ESL students. “Working with the ESL students is an awesome experience. I often feel I get more back from them than I give to them.”
Areas of Expertise
· Diversity 101
· New Conversations about Race and Racism Facilitator
· New Conversations: Uncovering Five Myths That Support Racism Facilitator
The Inclusion Network (IN) is a group of dedicated, passionate people with a common goal: to make Central Minnesota an inclusive and welcoming place for people of all backgrounds to live and work. Our goal is to strengthen the region through an appreciation and understanding of diversity and cultural differences.