Jazmin Danielson joined the College Readiness Consortium at the University of Minnesota as the Youth Safety and Compliance Manager in November 2019 and a recent Program Committee member for HEPNet, Higher Education Protection Network. Prior, Jazmin was the Executive Director for Beyond Walls, a youth-development non-profit focused on serving under-resourced middle and high school students through a scholar-athlete approach to youth development. Using sport as a social change agent was a focal point of her leadership for Beyond Walls. Jazmin began her career in youth development at The Bridge for Youth for nine years as a Youth and Family Counselor, supporting youth experiencing homelessness. Jazmin also served as the Youth Department Director at East Side Neighborhood Services in North East Minneapolis, for 14 years, overseeing eight different out-of-school time programs across the Twin Cities including a residential camp program and a teen employment program. Jazmin was selected as a national Out-of-School Time Fellow with the National Institute of Out-of School Time, a Leadership Fellow with the Squash and Education Alliance and a nationally selected high impact leader for the American Express Leadership Academy. Jazmin has also worked with the Search Institute, training leaders across the country using the Developmental Relationships Frameworks.
After serving youth and families for over 20 years, Jazmin also decided to dedicate herself to her true passions of speaking, teaching, training and convening other thought leaders on topics related to social justice, racial-consciousness, building growth-mindset and youth protection.
Jazmin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University. Jazmin is also the proud mother of an 11 year-old who is also passionate about equity and gender equality. Her daughter has been her best teacher and brings her abundant joy and inspiration.
Jennifer Kunze is the Ramp-Up to Readiness Director within the College Readiness Consortium. As the director she writes curriculum, curates social media content, leads program communication, trains and supports educators using the program across the country, and learns constantly. She attended St. Olaf College and received B.A. degrees in History and Social Studies Education. She thoroughly enjoyed teaching high school social studies for several years before taking a sabbatical to study curriculum and instruction at the University of Minnesota. At the University she earned an M.A. degree in Social Studies Education that focused on Authentic Pedagogy as defined by Fred Newmann and his associates at the University of Wisconsin. Jennifer then worked as a district secondary instructional mentor, supporting teachers in all subject areas at five different schools. During this tenure she observed and provided feedback for over 500 teachers. Feeling the urge to learn and grow she then returned to the University of Minnesota to marry her two research interests: effective pedagogy and high quality professional development. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration but spent a great amount of time in Curriculum & Instruction as well. Upon graduation Jennifer worked as a district learning and teaching coordinator, where she collaborated with teachers to develop and implement curriculum, led an instructional coaching team that provided job-embedded professional development for early education, as well as elementary, middle and high school sites, facilitated teacher leaders in their learning and leadership, teamed with other district leaders to create a teacher evaluation system, and oversaw Q Comp, an alternative compensation program. Jennifer, in addition, was part of a lead team that studied, created and implemented a system-wide college readiness plan that included the Ramp-Up to Readiness program. She strongly believes in college for all and sees it as an equity issue.