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POCI Caucus Applauds Regent Selection Result

Thursday, May 9, 2019

People of Color and Indigenous Caucus


Minnesota House of Representatives

POCI Caucus Applauds Regent Selection Result

St. Paul, MN – Minnesota’s People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus today congratulated the four newly-elected regents to the University of Minnesota: Janie Mayeron for the 5th Congressional District; Mike Kenyanya for the Student At-Large seat; and Kao Ly Her and Mary Davenport for the Statewide At-Large seats.

"We have four talented new regents. The POCI Caucus and I recognize how important it is for the members of the governing board to reflect the diversity of our state and our students, and I applaud our colleagues for approving a diverse, qualified slate of new regents,” said Rep. Aisha Gomez (DFL – Minneapolis). “Our students deserve to see the faces and hear the voices of leaders and role models that look like them.”

“The POCI Caucus is committed to academic inclusion for students and educators of all backgrounds. I congratulate all of our new regents, and the POCI caucus will continue to advocate for educators that reflect the diversity of the students they teach, both in high school and in college,” said POCI Caucus Chair Rep. Rena Moran (DFL - St. Paul).

The POCI Caucus members were strong advocates for Kao Ly Her and Mike Kenyanya.

The People of Color & Indigenous (POCI) Caucus includes Reps. Jamie Becker-Finn (42B), Aisha Gomez (62B), Hodan Hassan (62A), Kaohly Her (64A), Mary Kunesh-Podein (41B), Fue Lee (59A), Alice Mann (56B), Carlos Mariani (65B), Rena Moran (65A), Mohamud Noor (60B), Ruth Richardson (52B), Samantha Vang (40B), Jay Xiong (67B), Tou Xiong (53B), and Sens. Melisa Franzen (49), Foung Hawj (67), Jeff Hayden (62), Bobby Joe Champion (59), and Patricia Torres-Ray (63).