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Speaker Series

Throughout AY22, TLED will host speakers on topics related to purpose and belonging. Tune in online to dive deeper into this research. Subscribe to receive connection details, no registration is required.

Note: Recordings will be posted online for later viewing. ASL interpreters and closed captioning will be provided.

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Our Speakers

About Mee Moua

Mee Moua provides training, facilitation and coaching support for individuals and organizations in planning, leadership, and equity transformation. She is passionate about democracy building, heart leadership and making visible the interconnectedness among peoples. Some of her clients are local and State elected officials, community and national foundations, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations undertaking equity-centered transformation.

She was the President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC and the Vice President for public policy and advocacy for the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, both of which are leading Asian American civil rights organizations based in Washington, DC. Prior to her work in Washington, DC, she was an attorney and a member of the Minnesota State Senate. She was the first Hmong American to be elected to a state legislature in the United States, served three terms before retiring in 2010, and served as the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee in her final term.

Mee was born in Laos and came to the United in 1978 as a refugee. She grew up in the mid-west, attended Brown University, received her MPA from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and earned her JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.

She is a recognized public speaker, leadership mentor, and relationship weaver. She currently works and lives in Maryland with her husband and their three children.

Purpose and Belonging: Framing the Conversation

Presented by: Mee Moua, Racial Healing and Racial Equity Consultant
Friday, December 3, 2021

About Nichole Prescott, Ph.D.

Dr. Nichole S. Prescott joined The University of Texas System in December 2016. As Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, P16 Initiatives, Dr. Prescott takes a lead role in strengthening the preK-16 pipeline and enhance college readiness for Texas students through expanded collaboration between the U. T. System, U. T. institutions, and public preK-12 partners as well as entities. Dr. Prescott has a Ph.D. in History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, two M.A. degrees in History and Women’s Studies from SUNY and Miami University, and a B.A. in History from U. T. Austin.

Dr. Prescott is a proud citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma (Myaamia) and actively participates in the culture and language revitalization efforts of her people. Born in an Indian Hospital in Oklahoma, Dr. Prescott was raised on the Texas/Mexico border before she moved to Austin to pursue a college degree at The University of Texas as a first-generation college student. While Austin is her home, Dr. Prescott has maintained a strong engagement with the broader Native American community, formerly serving on the Board of Directors of the American Indians of Texas as well as former Executive Director of the Myaamia Foundation. Learn More

Honoring Indigenous Peoples

Presented by: Nichole Prescott, Ph.D. Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, P16 Initiatives, University of Texas System
Friday, November 12, 2021

Charles Hunt

Charles Hunt HeadshotCharles Hunt is a resilience expert, adjunct professor, and motivational speaker. Adept at leveraging transparency to inspire and get results, this former college recruiting, talent management, diversity, and supply chain leader left the corporate world to fulfill his vision of building unbreakable spirits and cultivating resilience for those who, like him, have the audacity to succeed. He helps students and young professionals build resilience, believe in bigger and greater for themselves, and create the academic, economic, and career plans to get there.

The Audacity of YOU: Building Unbreakable Spirits Through Resilience – Charles Hunt


Tim Klein

Tim Klein Headshot

Tim Klein is an award-winning urban educator, clinical therapist, and school counselor. Over the last decade, he’s worked intensively with marginalized and underserved students to empower them in pursuing meaningful and fulfilling lives. Currently, he is the director of strategic partnerships for Project Wayfinder.

In addition to his work with Project Wayfinder, he’s a teaching fellow at Harvard University and a purpose researcher and design specialist at Boston College. Currently, he’s developing youth purpose curriculum with the National Science Foundation.

Purposeful Belonging

Date: Monday, August 30, 2021