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What is John Lenssen and Associates?
On March 9, 2006, John Lenssen registered John Lenssen and Associates, based in Albany, Oregon, as a training and consulting business with the Oregon Secretary of State. Lenssen has been involved in “transformational healing through equity and social justice.”
Hector R. Roche is senior equity manager at Portland Public Schools, according to his LinkedIn profile. Hector R. Roche & Associates received credit in a report, “Equity Resource Guide: Oregon Charter Schools,” by John Lenssen and Associates, released in September 2016.
Credits were given to Hector R. Roche & Associates; Roberta Hunte, Portland State University; Kate Pattison, Oregon Department of Education; Jennifer Donovan, Oregon Department of Education; Kendra Hughes, Oregon Department of Education; Sheila Somerville, Oregon Department of Education; and Mary Anderson, Oregon Department of Education.
The bibliography included several controversial books: “How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America,” by Karen Brodkin, and “How the Irish Became White,” by Noel Ignatiev.
What K-12 work has John Lenssen and Associates done?
Lake Oswego School District in Oregon includes Lenssen’s profile on its official school website.
It describes him as a “consultant who works with organizations and schools on issues of equity, leadership, culture, communication, conflict, bias and organizational change.”