Keynote Bios

Dr. Arnoldo Curiel
Dr. Arnoldo Curiel
Wednesday, April 17th, 10-11 am

Dr. Curiel is the founder and lead consultant for T.A.G. Curiel Consultant, where he works with individuals,

communities and organizations from a basic introduction of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Intersectionality issues to strategies for initiating organizational or social change.He has served as the Vice President of Racial Justice Department at YWCA Minneapolis where he provided leadership, vision and represent them racial equity and public policy related issues both locally and nationally.

Dr. Curiel has worked in higher education for almost 10 years, most recently at the College of St. Scholastica, where he continues to adjunct for the Graduate Teaching Licensure program. He has served as the diversity training coordinator for the Minnesota Youth Work Institute, and managed the Weed and Seed program in St. Paul’s Frogtown Neighborhood, where he founded Shop with Cops, an annual innovative youth development project designed to foster positive relationships between youth and police officers.

Dr. Curiel has provided countless multicultural trainings for organizations as varied as the Minnesota US Attorney’s Office, the Dunwoody Institute, the St. Paul YWCA, the Overcoming Racism Conference, and the Higher Learning Commission conference.

Dr. Curiel is the recipient of several awards, including the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award, Saint Paul Police Department Chief’s Award, and Eleven Who Care. He is a graduate of Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and an Educational Doctorate from Hamline University.


Dr. Joe Habot


Dr. Joe Habot
Thursday, April 18th, 10-11 am

Dr. Hobot is a descendant of the Hunkpapa Band of the Lakota Nation from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation where his Grandfather and Mother are both enrolled members. He was born and raised in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas, and a Doctorate of Education from Hamline University.

Dr. Hobot has worked at American Indian OIC since 2006. Prior to being named President and Chief Executive Officer, he held the positions of Lead Teacher and Director of Education. In those roles, he was responsible for the effective oversight and progress of the agency’s alternative high school, its Adult Basic Education/GED program, and its accredited career college. Additionally, Dr. Hobot serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Falmouth Institute – providing national onsite trainings throughout Indian Country for tribal leadership and tribal administrators. Dr. Hobot also serves in an ongoing capacity as a consultant with the National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC) based in Seattle, Washington, where in the fall of 2017 he published a book in partnership with the NUIFC entitled Resurgence:Restructuring Urban American Indian Education.

Service:In 2017 Dr. Hobot was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to serve on the Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership’s Board of Directors. He also serves as a director on the boards of the Native American Community Development Institute(NACDI), the Native American Community Clinic(NACC), the Ain Dah Yung Center(ADYC) and the Greater Twin Cities United Way.

Awards and Recognitions: In 2015 Dr. Hobot was the recipient of the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce’s Bear Awardfor service to the American Indian community of Minnesota. In 2016 he was selected as a 40 Under 40 honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. That same year Dr. Hobot became a fellow at the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. In August 2018 Dr. Hobot was selected by the Aspen Institute for an Aspen Institute Ascend Fellowship.