Family and Community Inclusion Specialist – Andria Daniel
Andria Daniel is passionate about helping build communities where everyone’s voice is heard and valued. She believes it is important for families and students to feel fully supported. Over the years, she has worked with parents to create and facilitate listening sessions to address issues that affect the academic success of children. Andria’s goal is to generate unique and positive experiences for families and to create new pathways between home and school. She has a master’s degree in family education from the University of Minnesota.
As the family and community coordinator for the Office of Black Male Student Achievement (OBMSA), Andria works with parents to understand how important it is to be involved in their children’s education from cradle to career. As a parent of three, she believes there is a shared responsibility of building the capacity of effective family engagement, which is linked to learning.
Teacher, Social Studies – Marjaan Sirdar
Marjaan Sirdar grew up in a low-income, single parent home in east Bloomington. He attended predominantly white schools and often felt invisible. Marjaan never had any teachers of color or any positive Black men to look up to. This led to anger and violence as a teenager with the potential of prison or death. This experience led him to teaching.
Marjaan worked with homeless youth for most of the past seven years. He’s a graduate from Metro State, currently working on his master’s degree in urban education. As an educator, his goal is to help young people unlearn the dominant narrative of white supremacy and use education as a means of liberation rather than a tool for social control. As a community organizer, Marjaan works on building leadership and power in communities of color so we can tell our own stories, create our own narratives, and control our collective futures.
Jamil was raised and resides in north Minneapolis where he coaches youth sports at Farview Park. He is an active board member for the Farview Area Community Council, TakeAction MN, and Core Team Member for J4A (Justice For ALL) working to reform our criminal justice system and build relationships with incarcerated men to help assist their transition back into our community.