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The Glamorization of the Model Minority

April 21, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


This workshop invites participants to reflect and interrogate their understanding of the historical and contemporary notions of the model minority myth in education, situated in their positionality and identities. This will support the examination of what internal dialogue is needed to re-center in authentic self/identity, away from whiteness, and what will need to be done in order to not perpetuate this myth further in our communities, jobs, and families. Presenters will provide a brief historical context of the model minority and its contemporary use, engage participants in dialogue problematizing its glamorization, and share their lived experiences in relation to this stereotype.


Dominique Jones

Dominique JonesDominique Jones is doctoral student at University of Colorado, Denver.  Her research is on race and the impacts of whiteness on identity and authentic self.  Additionally, Dominique is an elementary school administrator in the Denver Metro area.

Shantel Jones

Shantel Jones is currently a second year Doctoral student at the University oShantel Jonesf Colorado – Denver, in the Leadership for Educational Equity program/dual Principal License focus. As a licensed K-12 educator of nine years, and over ten years in the education field, she has worked to inspire youth academically and beyond. Ms. Jones is also the owner of a teen girl empowerment/lifestyle brand called ButterFlyy By Shantel Elizabeth. She continues to aspire to inspire, as a positive change agent, for education and youth.

Jenna Martin

Jenna Martin is a 1st year EdD student at the University of Colorado Denver.  She anticipates her work being situated in increasing the number of socially just Teachers of Color in America’s P-12 education system.  She is also the Dean of Instruction at Henry Legacy Middle School in the Denver Public School District.

Andrea Giron Mathern

Andrea Giron MathernAndrea Giron Mathern is the Director of the Audience Research & Evaluation Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  She has worked with the Museum leading research and evaluation efforts for projects funded by the Colorado Health Foundation, NASA, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, and most recently as Co-PI working with the inter-agency team of Metro Denver Urban Advantage funded by the National Science Foundation.  She was appointed to the visiting professional scholar program with the Office of Policy and Analysis with the Smithsonian Institution in 2013 and is currently enrolled as a PhD student in the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Denver.


April 21, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Jenna Martin
Shantel Jones
Dominique Jones
Andrea Giron-Mathern