Sebastian Witherspoon, Executive Director

Sebastian Witherspoon has proudly served as the Executive Director of Equity Alliance MN since 2019. He is a product of Duluth, MN, and one of ten children born to a Baptist minister and two community activists. With passion and thoughtfulness, he has dedicated more than 20 years of equity/race equity focused work in helping students, staff, families, and others in leadership roles to develop empathy for underserved and historically marginalized folks by developing programs that create opportunities and educational access.

Sebastian’s professional career began in Duluth Public Schools as a Restorative Practices Coordinator and then as a Cultural Liaison.  After serving eight years, Sebastian embarked as a change agent within higher education to diligently recruit BIPOC students into the areas of elementary education and STEM at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Before joining EA MN, he championed equity efforts as Director of Equity Services in St. Cloud Area Public Schools for 10 years. 

As a high school dropout, Sebastian’s journey in life has not always been smooth. However, with perseverance, purpose, and the exceptional support of others, Sebastian received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration on management from the College of Saint Scholastica, a Master’s degree in Education Administration and a specialist degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and he is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on the attributes of an anti-racist school system at St. Cloud State University.  What continually drives Sebastian while leading Equity Alliance MN is his passion and desire to fulfill the purpose of “creating meaningful and lasting societal change by empowering educators to transform their schools, communities, and organizations to positively impact future generations. ” 

When Sebastian is not out creating meaningful and lasting change in the world, he loves spending time with the special people in his life, watching sports, and immersing countless hours on his favorite pastime, fishing with his family.

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