Dr. Heather Hackman has been teaching and training on social justice issues since 1992 and was a professor in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education at St. Cloud State University in St Cloud, Minnesota for 12 years before she began focusing full time on consulting. She has taught courses in social justice and multicultural education (pre-service and in-service teachers), race and racism, heterosexism and homophobia, social justice education (higher education leadership), oppression and social change, sexism and gender oppression, class oppression, and Jewish oppression. She received her doctorate in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000 and has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Westfield State College, Springfield College, St Cloud State University, Hamline University, and the University of St Thomas. In 2005 she founded Hackman Consulting group and consults nationally on issues of deep diversity, equity and social justice and has focused most of her recent training work on issues of racism and white privilege, gender oppression, heterosexism and homophobia, and classism. She has published in the area of social justice education theory and practice, racism in health care (with Stephen Nelson), and is currently working a book examining issue of race, racism and whiteness in education through a model she calls “cellular wisdom”. In 2009, she was awarded a Research Fellowship with the Great Place to Work Institute and has developed corporate training rubrics that combine her social justice content with GPTWI’s “trust” frameworks. She has sat on the board of Minnesota NAME as president, the board of Rainbow Families, has served on numerous committees committed to multicultural and social justice work, and since 2012 has served as a member of the Advisory Council for the White Privilege Conference. Her most recent research and conference presentations have focused on climate change and its intersections with issues of race, class and gender.
Michael Hughes was born in Houston, Texas in 1969 and is a proud (sometimes too much so) native Texan. He was adopted at birth, and raised in a big close-knit family with three older siblings. He has been married for going on 12 years, to his wife Stacy and is bonus Dad to 4 grown "kids". Michael works in the home health care field, and is pursuing a degree in Sociology, with an interest in Community Counseling. Michael has a passion for educating others on Transgender issues, and in addition to participating on panels, and doing individual speaking engagements, he has also been asked to do CE trainings for public schools, sensitivity trainings, and mentoring. In his spare time, Michael enjoys blogging, travel, cooking and going to the movies. Michael lives with his wife Stacy, and two spoiled rotten small dogs, in Rochester, MN.
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