40 Education Sciences Building
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Nate Whittaker began his college career in 1996 as a student in the General College (University of Minnesota). In 2001, Nate obtained a bachelor’s degree in the Inter-College Program (multicultural education and youth studies thematic) with a Leadership Minor. In 2005, he completed his Master’s of Education degree in Youth Development Leadership with an emphasis in social justice from the College of Education and Human Development.
Nate is a social justice and reconciliation educator, youth worker, white abolitionist, and activist. His passion for this work has led him to conflicted areas of Belfast, Northern Ireland and Cape Town, South Africa (his second home) where he continues to contribute to democracy projects with young people. Nate is highly involved in national policy activism for college students who are low-income, first-generation, underrepresented, immigrant, and students with disabilities. Since 2010, Nate has led a yearly university course to Cape Town, South Africa focusing on social justice, healing, and reconciliation. He has also taught numerous courses on social justice, social change, community development, and self-authorship.
Currently, Nate is an adviser at the University of Minnesota with the Civil Rights legacy program, TRIO Student Support Services, and a Community Adjunct Faculty member in the Social Justice Minor, both in CEHD. In addition, Nate is the Director of International Programs & Initiatives for Building Bridges, South Africa.
In 2013, Nate was the recipient of the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award (Office for Equity and Diversity); 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Award for Global Engagement (Global Programs and Strategy Alliance); recognized as a learning abroad “game changer” by International Studies Abroad; and, honored by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild in 2005 for his leadership of the General College Truth Movement.
Outside of academia, Nate is a professional dance music producer and deejay/turntablist signed with multiple independent record labels worldwide and holds a residency at First Avenue. In 2015, he started Pluralistic Records, a philanthropic dance music label. Nate is an avid writer, often focusing on the more spiritual realms of social justice work. He lives in South Minneapolis with his rescue pup named “Dezzie” (Black Lab/ChowChow mix) and his loyal partner, Kristin.
We are committed to providing a comfortable, inclusive, and respectful environment for all members of our communities. If there is information you feel would be helpful for us to know, including disability or other accommodation needs, I invite you to share it with me directly or let the front desk know when you schedule an appointment.
Mondays, 10:00-11:00 a.m. and Thursdays, 11:00-1:00 p.m. (40 Education Sciences Building)
Note: At times during the semester these hours do fluctuate. It is always best to call ahead to ensure the drop-in hours are still available.
Drop-in hours will be different for every adviser
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