Kirstin Buckley – Chair
Kirstin Buckley is a 4th grade teacher at Windom Dual Immersion School. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she moved to Minneapolis and joined the BLC team 5 years ago as a volunteer that assisted with students and their activities. The following year she was the Program Assistant and taught some of the enrichment summer camps. Although she has other responsibilities that do not allow her to spend her afterschool time with the BLC students, she is continuing to support BLC by helping on the board. Kirstin has witnessed first-hand the compassion and care that the BLC exhibits everyday towards families and believes in helping BLC become accessible to more families so that more children can experience quality culture-based classes that encourage them to develop their bilingual skills.
Email address: Kirstin.Buckley@mpls.k12.mn.us
Alicia Juarez is Mexican-American and grew up in both Mexico City and Minneapolis. She is a 4th grade teacher at Windom Dual Immersion and her connection to the BLC program began 4 years ago when she served as the summer enrichment program teacher. She joined the board this year as a way to continue to support BLC as they expand to provide dual immersion enrichment programming to other schools. Alicia believes so much in this program that she also sends her two children to weekly activities through the BLC program. She has witnessed her children’s cultural understanding of the Spanish speaking world expand just as their knowledge and use of Spanish expands. Her hope and desire would be for more children at Windom and beyond to participate in these kinds of enrichment activities.
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Alicia Juarez is a Board member
Speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Youth Worker at la Escuelita after school program.
Equity Specialist, Robbinsdale Area Schools (in Minnesota)
Currently working at Power of You Advisor at MCTC
Education: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Bachelor’s degree, Sociology
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Keidy Lora-Palusky is originally from the Dominican Republic and has been living in Minneapolis for the past seven years. She graduated with a B.A. in Marketing from the Universidad Catolica Santo Domingo and is a Certified Medical, Law and Social Services Interpreter.
She has been a very active volunteer in the school system, serving as a PTO Co-chair for three consecutive years at Windom Dual Immersion School, as well as being involved with the Hispanic community, coordinating trainings and parenting education classes through several organizations serving the Latino population.
Currently, she is member of Joyce Preschool’s Board of Directors, works as a substitute teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools and offers her services as a freelance translator and interpreter to different businesses.
She is married with two wonderful children and has finally embraced the long Minnesota winters!
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Keidy Lora-Palusky is a Board Member
Rodolfo has been serving as executive director of Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research, or HACER, since 2007. He has extensive professional experience in quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation. His research interests focus on education, immigration, health care access, and housing.
Originally from Mexico, Rodolfo carries previous experience in research in Mexico and the U.S., and brings a strong background in quantitative and qualitative research with an emphasis on the Mexican women’s labor force, elderly populations, human rights, and demographic change. Currently Rodolfo serves at different boards for nonprofit organizations, as well as the MDH, Aurora Charter school.
Rodolfo Gutierrez is a Board member