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Participatory Leadership for an Equitable World

Founded on principles of “convening groups in conversations that matter to attain wise action”, Equity Strategies, LLC is uniquely qualified to bring Diversity, Equity and Inclusion perspectives to the table centering the voices of those most negatively impacted for solution-focused results.

From contentious engagements with communities experiencing inequities to community meetings to set recommendations for disparities reduction, developing a state agency operational equity policy, Dr. Apolinario Wilcoxon has the ability of engaging participants on issues that matter greatly to them for culturally responsive solutions.

My Process & Theory of Change

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We co-create images of leading and participating to guide and be guided to a destination of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Mutual Accountability > Transformation


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We feel welcomed and curious enough to join in the discussing and planning together as a group.

Critical Perspective > Focus in Chaos


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We understand the 'why' on which we build a foundation of dreams.

Inclusive Voices > Sustained Change


My Education

Doctorate Degree in Education, Educational Leadership, University of St. Thomas, MN (May 2018)

Senior Leadership Institute, State of Minnesota (2018)

Humphrey Policy Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota (2010/2011)

Emerging Leaders Institute, State of Minnesota (2007)

Master’s Degree in International Management, University of St. Thomas, MN (December 1990)

Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil (August 1978)

Accolades & Honors

5th World Conference on Remedies to Racial Ethnic Economic Inequities Dr. Cida Barreto Award, Vitoria, ES, Brazil (2018)

International Leadership Institute: Social Justice Citizen Award, Minneapolis, MN (2018)

School of Public Health Community Partners STAR Award recipient, University of Minnesota (2015)

My Brother’s Keeper Award from Q Health Connections for her commitment to the health and well-being of communities. Minneapolis, MN (2013)

National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) certificate for “Exceptional work supporting the healthy mental development of young children and lasting contributions to NASHP.”   Washington, D.C. (2007)

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