Eden Prairie is a diverse community. Our school board should be reflective of that diversity by including qualified diverse individuals. Students in Eden Prairie deserve to see leaders that look like them.
Debjyoti “DD” Dwivedy is the person for this job. He is an immigrant who came to the United States from India when he was 22 years old. DD became an American citizen, is a member of the Army Reserves, a hard-working member of the community, and volunteers with many organizations; the most important group in my perspective is as a member of the Race and Equity Advisory Council for Hennepin County.
During his first term on the school board, DD worked to have education outcome metrics broken down by ethnic group — this has helped teachers and administrators ensure they are reaching all students regardless of background, as well as helping weed out biases in learning.
He also has been an active advocate for listen-and-learn sessions where all community members get a chance to voice their different opinions.
Having an immigrant on our school board shows students from immigrant backgrounds that they can achieve elected office, get an advanced degree, be an active member in the community, or whatever else they set their mind to. DD will be getting my vote for a second term on the Eden Prairie School Board.
Nikhil Joshi, Eden Prairie
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