Yixiu Chen currently works with Minneapolis Public Schools in the Community Education department. She received her Master’s in International Education from University of Massachusetts Amherst and B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Loyola University Chicago. She served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar as a Community Enterprise Development Specialist. Her background is working in non-profit and educational institutions in the fields of: global development,community organizing, and education. Her passions include: working with refugees/ immigrants, urban education, critical pedagogy, mindfulness in schools, civic engagement, and raising global awareness. She is also a certified yoga instructor and strongly believes in the healing power that the practice can yield on individuals and communities.