Episode # 24

Education is For Everyone

Considering that Minnesota has one of the largest achievement gaps across socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic demographics, what needs to change so education is equitable for all people? In this episode, Kayla Ritter Rickels talks about the value of understanding how education needs to be accessible and equitable for all. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.


Topics covered in this episode include:

  • Self advocacy, awareness, efficiency, and efficacy
  • Defining equitable education for all teachers and learners
  • The importance of access, experience, and outcomes in education
  • Changing the system by connecting with the people who are living in the system and using courageous leadership to influence change

Kayla Ritter Rickels

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Kayla Ritter Rickels serves as the Senior Manager of Community Engagement at myOptions. Through her roles in higher education, college access non-profit, and secondary education spaces, she has been an advocate for historically underrepresented students in higher education. 

She is an active executive board member of the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling and the Thomas More University Alumni Board of Directors. She earned her M.S. in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati and her B.A. in Mathematics from Thomas More College. She is presently enrolled in a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership Program at Northern Kentucky University.

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