Andre M Koen                                             

I am the CEO and Chief Facilitator of AM Horizons. I have been able to help the following organizations think differently and critically about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Minnesota Council of NonProfits, MN Department of Public Safety, Legal Aid of Minnesota, PeopleInc., MN State CAP Headstart, Hennepin County, Police Department of St. Cloud, Luthern Social Services: Homeless Youth Programs, Metropolitan Council on Aging, Spring Board for the Arts and the Suburban Hennepin County Community Action Program. I have conducted keynotes, online training sessions and webinars for several National Conferences, State colleges, government agencies as well as  non-profit organizations.

I have served six years as the EEO/Affirmative Action Diversity Coordinator for Anoka County, Minnesota, where I educated the community on State and Federal laws, statutes, rules, codes and regulations governing employment and human rights functions, including U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) rules.  I am accustomed to working with senior leaders, commissioners and key community partners to expand the notions, methodologies and concepts of diversity and inclusion as I did with Anoka County, helping them reach their cultural competence goals.

Prior to my work in Anoka County, I was the Academic Dean at  National American University and a high school teacher a charter school for over 8 years. I am looking for an opportunity to help Staff and community understand the importance of positive youth development. As an adjunct Professor at Bethel University and the Adler Graduate School both position allow me to examine with students the importance of holistic youth development.

My Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas in Educational Technology/ Curriculum and Instruction provided knowledge and practical tools to extend learning both for the learner and to meet multiple learning environments. My certification in tools like the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and the DiSC Assessment have also given my measurable tools to aid in advance cultural and organizational competence.

My work and commitment to youth development reaches back to my formative years and has prepared me to serve with Alexander House for 9 years as a board member, on the Anoka County Domestic and Sexual assault task force,  a board member of Community Mediation & Restorative Services, a board member of Anoka County Community Action Program and the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts Council Chair for Outreach.

Community Mediation & Restorative Services named me the Volunteer of the Year for 2013 and The National Association of Human Rights Workers awarded me with the Human Rights Worker of the Year award for the continued dedication to human and civil rights.  The possibilities of direct impact on the lives of families, engaging youth and empowering people to examine their blind spots and create better and safer outcome for children fits with my professional skills. It also fits with my personal passion.

 Looking Forward, Andre M. Koen