hwh_headshot_for_web3-150x150Dr. 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.


“The Urgency of Now: Addressing the Critical Connections Between Equity / Social Justice Work and STEM Education”

Description:  If engaging in equity work did not seem urgent before, its critical importance to our educational environments, and ultimately to the success of all of our students, is surely clear now. This talk outlines a handful of important considerations when leaning into equity and social justice work beginning with an explanation of what this work is and is not, followed by examples of how to teach about equity / social justice content in a range of settings. Of course, as we engage in this work, there is resistance and thus it is necessary to know what that resistance will look like and how to respond to it. In particular, it is valuable to understand and articulate the deep symmetries between STEM frameworks, i.e. systems thinking, and the ways we help educators and students alike comprehend the complexities of equity and social justice issues. Thus, this session will also highlight the expertise in the room and the particular areas of STEM education that are most conducive to equity and social justice linkages.


Dr. Hackman will also be leading a Session I workshop, Tuesday, April 25, 9:15 AM: Developing An Equity / Social Justice Lens and Its Application to STEM.