Equity and Inclusion Staff

Director of Equity and Inclusion

Nanette Missaghi

Nanette Missaghi

Nanette Missaghi started with Minneapolis College in March 2018. She is an author, consultant, and trainer on racial equity leadership, culture, cultural competence, and eliminating racism.

She holds an MA degree in anthropology from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with minors in anthropology and American Indian Studies from Bemidji State University.

Missaghi’s interests include racial equity, culturally responsive pedagogy and the intersection of culture and race in educational settings. Missaghi is a licensed Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) coach.

Missaghi contributed chapters in the following works:

Program Coordinator

African American Education Empowerment

Dr. Charles Watson

Charles Watson

Dr. Charles H. Watson grew up straddling two worlds: the scholarship boy from the inner-city, learning in one world while living in another. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, a town of stark contradictions, his mother made one fact plain—few forces on earth exceed the transformative power of education. With such belief instilled to his core, Charles went on to graduate from Columbia University. Trained in classics of the western intellectual tradition, he then pursued doctoral studies in philosophy at Stanford University and later worked there as a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the humanities.

For 7 years, he held an interdisciplinary chair in the humanities, as a member of the teaching faculty at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Since the fall of 2012, Dr. Watson has been an adjunct instructor at Minneapolis College in the Department of Philosophy.

Author of The Existential Imperative: On the Material Production of Authenticity, Charles seeks to encourage students of color in locating their narrative voices in a broader conversation about the examined life and the conditions for flourishing. Charles is interested in the service that can be paid to the civic good through the building up of intellectual and moral character. He believes the black intellectual tradition exemplifies learning as an act of self-emancipation and illustrates a biography in triumph of the human spirit under adverse circumstances.

Coordinator/Advisor

Latinos Unidos for College and Higher Achievement (LUCHA) and Star Scholars

Brooke Hornseth

 

Program Coordinator

American Indian Success

Brooke Hornseth

Brooke Hornseth is an enrolled member of the Brothertown Indian Nation in Wisconsin. She received her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Saint Cloud State University. Brooke has extensive experience working with families, adults, and youth to provide crisis response services, mental health advocacy, case management and the development of programming to keep youth and families connected with their communities. In her work, Brooke emphasizes the positive impact that connection with an individual’s tribal community has not only with regard to their wellness, but the wellbeing of the community as a whole.

In addition to her work with students and families, Brooke has pursued additional training in traditional American Indian parenting, crisis prevention, crime victim advocacy, and health and wellness education for tribal communities. Brooke’s personal interests include beading, fishing, camping and spending time with family. She is always happy to share those interests with those who are hoping to learn a new hobby or skill and has facilitated beadwork and quilting groups for youth and young adults to help support positive connections within communities.

Executive Assistant

Catrina Huynh-Weiss

Catrina Huynh-Weiss

Catrina is the executive assistant to Patrick Troup, Vice President of Student Affairs. She has a background in educational programming, performing arts, youth development, and science. She has over 15 years in creative production, from producing educational television programs for PBS, C-SPAN, Discovery and Travel Channels, to events with national and local non-profit organizations.

Catrina received her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Wellesley College. In her spare time, she is a professional actor and storyteller. Her strong desire to “do her dreams” has landed her swimming with penguins in the Galapagos, crewing on a double-masted schooner to Cuba, working in Washington, D.C., and living pura vida in Costa Rica and London

Equity and Inclusion Administrative Support Specialist

Jonathan Hillman

Jonathan Hillman

Jonathan graduated from Minneapolis College’s Cinema Program in 2010. He believes storytelling is our most powerful tool for bridging cultural barriers. Having written everything from screenplays to young adult novels to picture books, Jonathan is passionate about all art that shines a light on underrepresented realities.

He joins the Equity and Inclusion team after receiving his Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults degree from Hamline University in 2019. Jonathan’s professional background includes health licensing, natural foods, and arts nonprofits. When he is not at work, he enjoys live music, reading, drawing, gaming, and fitness. His office is a safe space for LGBTQIA+ identifying students.