Helping students of color succeed in school


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

“Somali Refugee Perceptions of Mental Health and Illnesses”

This training informs educators of the historical impact war trauma has on Minnesota’s refugee population, explores the contrasting conceptions of mental health/illness in Somali and Western cultures, reveals the impact of culture and religion on understanding and dealing with mental illness, exposes the unique barriers East African populations face when attempting to access mental health solutions, and gives solutions for the design of more effective school-based mental health programs for refugee youth.

“Working with Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education”

Informs educators of the causes, characteristics, and challenges of/for this at-risk population.

Provides educators with the skills and knowledge of programs and services essential in successful instruction of SLIFE students.

“Unconscious Bias for Educators”

Informs teachers and school administrators of the basics of unconscious bias, and its pervasiveness in the classroom and U.S school system

Illustrates unconscious bias’s effects on minority academic achievement and its impact on belonging, and provides research-backed tools and systems of accountability to mitigate unconscious bias, both in the classroom and at policy level.

“Cultural Competence and Culturally Responsive Practices in Education

Informs educators about the importance of cultural competence and how it can enhance academic achievement and belonging for students of color

Exposes challenges of culturally competent teaching and how to overcome them, and reveals the best research-backed culturally-responsive teaching techniques and practices for the diverse classroom.


  • Consulting: Administrators, teachers, community leaders
  • Filsan Talent Partners utilizes its expertise in the educational field to coach teachers in leading culturally competent pedagogy practices
  • Helps administrators align curriculum goals and develop methods to measure student success
  • Assists with implementing school and classroom-based inclusive practices
  • Connects community expectations to relevant coursework and language goals

Research for Educators

Somali Language Curriculum Development

This program is designed specifically for native speakers of the Somali language who have oral proficiency

Provides students with a strong foundational basis for the development of BOTH native and second language skills. Students experience opportunities to develop, maintain, and enhance a more formal command of the Somali language through a variety of contexts (oral, reading, writing, etc.).

This curriculum covers levels 1-5 and links classroom experiences to cultural and community life, imparts the value of bi-lingual capabilities and diverse identities, and contributes to closing the opportunity and achievement gap.