Academic Advising Coach, Capella University
Muqkadeen Poole has been involved in leadership development, social justice, and DEI training for over 6 years, specializing primarily in assisting educational entities and companies with DEI-based community building/organizing. Originally from Newark, New Jersey, Muqkadeen grew up witnessing and experiencing the effects of systems of oppression in his neighborhood and his schools. This motivated him to become a student and researcher of community building. In college at St. John’s University in Minnesota, Muqkadeen focused his research on urban community building and college campus activism. He delved into learning more about social equity within the education system and developing alternatives to mass incarceration. In just a few short years, Muqkadeen has led trainings and worked with clients in many spaces including The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), The White Privilege Conference, Detroit’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. High School, Minneapolis’ DeLaSalle High School, various George Floyd rallies at the Minnesota State House, Capella University staff and administration, and amongst additional community organizing efforts and initiatives throughout the country. Muqkadeen’s dedication to learning and experiencing the world through the lens of different cultures has led him to explore issues globally, from studying educational frameworks in France, China, and Vietnam to volunteering in Flint’s water crisis and standing with Standing Rock in the Dakotas. During both high school and college, Muqkadeen played important leadership roles, serving in elected and appointed positions at both schools, and earning the highest awards offered at each: St. Benedict’s Prep’s Presidential Award and St. John’s University’s Man of Extraordinary Service Award. While in college, Muqkadeen became known for his role in advocating for necessary administrative and cultural changes to support a multi-cultural community. He founded the school’s first multi-religious group, focusing on an additional aspect of diversity and inclusion often overlooked: religion. He graduated college in 2019 with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies with a Social Justice concentration and a minor in History and Entrepreneurship. After a short stint volunteering in Manila, Philippines, Muqkadeen currently works as an academic advisor at Capella University where administrators quickly tapped him to lead DEI trainings, workshops, and initiatives company wide. Muqkadeen has always centered his work on the historical and contemporary forces folks from traditionally marginalized identities face, with an ultimate goal of providing a holistic view of liberation for all. With his background, knowledge and experience, how can he assist you?