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RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCE DIRECTORY
Below is a listing of racial equity programs and training providers serving faith communities, civic organizations, educational institutions, and anyone working to combat racism and increase cultural competence.
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Please note: Listings in this directory are provided as a service to encourage individual and community engagement in working towards racial equity. However, a listing is not an endorsement or recommendation by The Saint Paul Foundation or Minnesota Compass.
ACHIEVING CULTURAL COMPETENCY CONSULTING SERVICES
Achieving Cultural Competence strives to put change in motion. Cultural competence, inclusion learnings, and inclusive tools and methods assist organizations and communities to live and work effectively in a multicultural society. Services include consultation, social research, civic engagement, facilitation, training, and dialogue convening models. Languages include Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
AFRICAN AMERICAN REGISTRY
African American Registry addresses white privilege, anti-racism and cultural competency in community agencies, businesses, schools and colleges through conferences, K-12 curricula, and more. Affordable workshops offer groups an unmatched journey of truth and reconciliation with narrative assistance and a 'Circle Group' process (web, phone, and in-person formats).
ALLIANCE FOR METROPOLITAN STABILITY
Alliance for Metropolitan Stability works for racial, economic, and environmental justice in the ways growth and development occur throughout the Twin Cities region by offering peer learning opportunities with and about racial justice analysis and supporting coalitions engaged in campaigns that tackle structural racism.
Families All Matter Program
AMAZE's Families All Matter (FAM) program offers anti-bias programming for elementary and early childhood children, teaching respect across differences and advocacy skills for self and others. AMAZE helps prevent bullying, teasing, and exclusion. Tools include children's literature and companion guide, after-school arts programming, trainings, and workshops.
AMERICAN INDIAN RESOURCE CENTER
The AIRC is a tribal, community and student services building with classes in Indian Studies, Ojibwe language and Ojibwe art. AIRC has classrooms, a computer lab, special event facilities and office space for Native American staff and faculty. AIRC also provides retention counseling and community and professional programs and trainings.
ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE (ADL)
The Miller Early Childhood Initiative
Anti-Defamation League's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute: Miller Early Childhood Initiative provides anti-bias training and resources. Interactive workshops and curriculum help families, teachers and caregivers create sustained bias-free classrooms and homes encouraging children to appreciate diversity at an age when seeds of hate may take root.
ANTIRACISM STUDY DIALOGUE CIRCLES (ASDIC) PARTNERSHIP
Antiracism Study Dialogue Circles are intensive, in-depth study and dialogue focused on systemic, institutional, and cultural racism, and provide a guided series of readings to deepen participants' understanding of racism, capacity to identify white norms, privileges, and power structures; and foster community and antiracist consciousness and action.
CENTER FOR CROSS-CULTURAL HEALTH
Center for Cross-Cultural Health offers training and consultation around social determinants of health; community organizing and community engagement expertise; and convening around health equity issues.
CLAYTON JACKSON MCGHIE MEMORIAL, INC.
CJMM, Inc. Scholarship and Speaker's Bureau
Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial, Inc. (CJMM) offers community education events, public policy advocacy, a speakers bureau, and educational materials to discuss the events around the Duluth lynching and/or address current racism. DVDs titled "Bringing the Truth to Light: A Community Forum on Racism Today" and "Bringing the Truth to Light: Racial Equity in Education" are available for purchase. CJMM hosts an annual dinner to recognize the contributions of community members who are committed to racial justice, and which also serves as a strong community-building event.
COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS (CAIR)
Diversity, Countering Islamophobia, Know Your Rights, Voter Registration, and more
Minnesota’s only Muslim civil rights advocacy organization, CAIR-MN trainings include Islam and Muslim community, Somali community/culture, diversity and inclusion, media, and civil rights. "Positive Interactions," an annual day-long seminar for employers and law enforcement, has trained almost all major Minnesota corporations on Islamophobia and religious accommodation.
Create CommUNITY Learning Circles project offers varying levels of anti-racism and intentional social interaction activities to address systemic change using an anti-racism analysis in Central Minnesota.
CROSSROADS ANTIRACISM ORGANIZING & TRAINING
Minnesota Collaborative AntiRacism Initiative (MCARI)
MCARI assists organizations to develop the capacity to address racism as a systemic issue by equipping internal leadership with tools that facilitate individual & institutional transformation. MCARI offers introductory & comprehensive workshops on the systemic institutionalized dynamics of racism (including the manifestations that limit full institutional potential) and dismantling strategies. Uses Crossroads process: www.crossroadsantiracism.org
CULTURAL DIVERSITY RESOURCES
Cultural Diversity Resources provides customized cultural competency & diversity training, cultural presentations and an annual diversity conference. Service area is Fargo Moorhead communities in Cass County, ND and Clay County in MN.
DAKOTA COUNTY TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Multicultural Leadership Diploma
Multicultural Leadership Diploma (MLD) program aims to improve enrollment and graduation rates of student populations historically underserved and underrepresented in higher education. The proposed project embraces the challenge to enhance the professional advancement of minorities in Minnesota. DCTC has embraced diversity as one of most important priorities
DISCUSSIONS THAT ENCOUNTER
The goal of "Discussions that Encounter" forums, held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, is to bring together people from all walks of life to engage in in-depth conversation about the injustices of the concept of race and racism, offering the opportunity to build new relationships.
Spark! "Connecting People, Igniting Change" is a comprehensive series of age-appropriate, anti-bias workshops that focus on respecting human differences. Workshops are presented in collaboration with area public and private schools.
EAST SIDE ARTS COUNCIL
Belonging Circles is an afterschool curriuculm booklet that uses the arts to help students build tolerance and life skills. A guide for replicating the curriculum is available free of charge. It includes lesson plans for easy projects that promote discussions about belonging in a community and also lists characteristics of successful afterschool programs. The curriculum is intended for students in K-grade 4.
EdChange creates and facilitates workshops on anti-racism, cultural competence, and white privilege around the world. They work to push the conversation about "diversity" beyond "heroes and holidays" and toward a genuine examination of how racism permeates our lives and society. EdChange is an internationally recognized and national award-winning collaboration of facilitators, activists, and educators. The EdChange office is now located in the DC area, but two of their consultants are still based in the Twin Cities.
FIRST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF ROCHESTER
Racial Justice Task Group
The Racial Justice Task Group, formed in 2007, is comprised of members of the Unitarian Universalist Church's congregation as well as other members of the Rochester community who are concerned with issues of racial justice. The Task Group has presented the program, "Race: The Power of an Illusion", and is developing a follow-up program to answer the question, "So, now what do I do?"
HARMONYWORKS TRAINING INSTITUTE
SKILLS in Cultural Collaborations
Skills for Multi-Cultural Collaboration Building is an experiential, 40-hour course to engage community leaders and grassroots organizers in a skill-building approach that results in dispelling mis-information and building authentic collaborations based on trust, communications, and relationships. The course offers experiential exercises that explore 'individual' cultural conditioning, 'community' norms and influences, and 'institutional' practices. In the past few years they have mainly worked along with African immigrant and refugee organizations in building capacities, in social & economic development and as advocates.
HIGHER EDUCATION ANTI-RACISM TEAM (HEART)
HEART is a regional collaborative for exploring strategies, sharing best practices and addressing challenges. HEART is built on a community organizing model, focusing on systemic institutional change toward being anti-racist and multicultural. Members include St. Cloud State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, North Dakota State University, and Bethel University.
HISPANIC HEALTH NETWORK
A consulting service. The Hispanic Health Network is an alliance of organizations.
HMONG CULTURAL CENTER, INC.
Hmong Cultural Center provides a Hmong 101 presentation that presents information related to the Hmong community to diverse communities that want to know more about the Hmong community and history. Hmong Cultural Center provides Adult Basic English to refugees and immigrant communities, youth after school programs, and also has the resource center community or students to teach Hmong.
Inclusion Network Training Team
The Inclusion Network is an affiliation of organizations and individuals that provides access to learning opportunities, dialogues, and experiences that support actions towards equality and justice to strengthen our communities. Inclusion Network offers training and consulting topics in Diversity and Inclusion, Antiracism, Unconscious Bias, Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), and more.
Interculturalist, LLC is a social enterprise offering comprehensive, flexible development programs for intercultural leadership. The program is based on the innovative Interculturalist Helix Model™. We strive to partner with you through committed training, coaching, consultation, and assessment so that you gain the capacity to maximize your personal and professional potential.
ISAIAH is a vehicle for congregations, clergy, and people of faith to act collectively and powerfully towards racial and economic equity in the state of Minnesota.
JEWISH COMMUNITY ACTION
Community Education: JCA offers workshops, training, classes, and programs to the Jewish community to increase understanding and to take action on racial justice, white privilege, dual identity, and anti-racism.
JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL
Tolerance Minnesota strives to create a more tolerant and just society by promoting understanding of all cultures and reducing prejudiced and hurtful behavior. Programs include The Color Project, Art residencies, and a Hip Hop workshop about Race in America. They offer Council of Advisor partnerships, Close the Gap trainings, race trainings, Holocaust education through new documentaries and teacher resources, and have a speakers bureau. Offers teacher trainings and curriculum resources around Holocaust education and topics around diversity. Tolerance Minnesota has partnering school districts throughout Greater Minnesota to bring some of the trainings to these areas, and lead a SEED program in Willmar.
Jones! Consulting provides theater and training programs that focus on diversity, inclusion and workforce integration. They create specialized and tailored programs for organizations that teach stakeholders the importance of engineering social change that is linked to mission, vision and values.
MARNITA'S TABLE, INC.
Marnita's Table seeks to make Intentional Social Interaction the new pattern for society, where people of color, the disenfranchised, the poor, the unheard and the fragile -- the "other" -- are automatically included and valued at the policy-making and resource-sharing table. How many times have you heard someone say, "If we could just get everyone to the table, we could solve this problem"? For the past seven years, Marnita's Table has taken that question seriously. We've now brought together thousands of people for hundreds of focused conversations around a host of issues that matter to our everyday lives. Always at a table. Always intentionally. Always over fabulous food. Always with those hard to reach stakeholders across age, ethnicity, gender identification, knowledge base -- however you might define culture. We are experts at bringing policy makers, business and civic leaders together with those who are impacted by the policies being made.
MIXED BLOOD THEATRE COMPANY
Mixed Blood's EnterTRaining program uses customized theatrical productions to address differences in the workplace. Tailor-made shows are created for each client and its inclusion initiatives. The theater programs are written for each organization and produced by Mixed Blood Theater company. But they go beyond theater. They create follow up training programs that focus on behavioral change in individuals.
NATIVE VOTE ALLIANCE OF MINNESOTA
The Native Vote Alliance of Minnesota
ONE UMMAH CONSULTING
One Ummah is a team of consultants, trainers and consultants who have come together from a broad range of fields to assist organizations in building their multicultural competence. With over 50 years of combined experience, they offer innovative solutions, comprehensive strategies, and a wide range of services to help organizations move from awareness to action in creating more inclusive and productive work and learning environments.
ORGANIZING APPRENTICESHIP PROJECT
OAP advances racial, cultural, social and economic justice in Minnesota by providing training, working with organizations, and through research and policy analysis. OAP creates the Annual Legislative Report Card of Racial Equity and helps create organizing spaces that are purposefully multiracial to help share and build strategies of racial equity. OAP focuses on institutional and structural racism, and creates research and tools to strengthen racial equity policies.
PACIFIC EDUCATIONAL GROUP (PEG)
Beyond Diversity: Introduction to Courageous Conversations About Race & A Framework for Deinstitutionalizing Racism and Eliminating Racial Educational Disparities
Since 1992 (in Minneapolis since 2007), Pacific Educational Group has been dedicated to helping school districts address and eliminate racial educational disparities - intentionally, explicitly, and comprehensively. PEG partners with districts to heighten understanding of institutional racism and develop effective systemic strategies for ending racial disparities through professional development and coaching.
PANGEA WORLD THEATER
Diverse Stages Educational Program Breaking the Silence Program
Diverse Stages Educational Program works with diverse high school youth to create original performances based on race and equity. The Breaking The Silence program is targeted toward government institutions to illuminate the barriers battered immigrant women face in the system. Pangea conducts custom designed workshops, often for immigrant groups, around issues of racism, gender inequity, cultural competence, human rights and social justice.
PEOPLE'S INSTITUTE NORTH
"Undoing Racism/Community Organizing," a two and-a-half day workshop, offers individualized training on white privilege, internalized racial oppression, white organizational culture, history of how people became white in the United States. Youth (age 13-19) workshops are also offered. Organizing efforts are based in the communities where trainers/organizers live: Grand Portage, Duluth and Minneapolis and St. Paul.
PILLSBURY HOUSE THEATRE
Breaking Ice is a customized professional theater experience created for organizations and businesses that need help with difficult issues, both interpersonal and institutional. Since 1996, Breaking Ice has been helping organizations to open conversations on racism and equality. In 2008, Breaking Ice traveled to Biloxi to help develop a dialogue on diversity following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Breaking Ice also received the 2008 Nonprofit Mission Award for Anti-Racism Initiatives.
SAINT PAUL PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Multicultural Resource Center
The Multicultural Resource Center is a lending library that provide professional and student resources (artifacts, books, films, curriculum materials, learning trunks) to support the cultural proficiency journey of staff and students in Saint Paul Public Schools and the East Metro Integration District member districts. We also offer free professional development opportunities around anti-racism and cultural proficiency for staff who work in these districts.
SCIENCE MUSEUM OF MINNESOTA
RACE: Are We So Different: A National Traveling Exhibition and Program Cluster
The exhibition, "RACE: Are We So Different", premiered at the Science Museum in 2007. A tour of the exhibition will appear at over 30 museums and cultural venues in the United States. Museum staff consult on developing programs around the exhibit and on the science behind race.
SCIENCE MUSEUM OF MINNESOTA
The core exhibition Wonder Years bridges the gap between the public and current research on the science of early childhood development. Produced, in partnership with the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) at the University of Minnesota, the exhibition incorporates recent findings from neurobiology, human development, and learning research to help the public better understand the role that policies can play in providing children with strong developmental foundations for a healthy and productive life. The initiative includes programming designed to engage audiences in substantive, ongoing conversations and public actions with regard to early childhood development.
SIDE BY SIDE ASSOCIATES, PARTNERS IN COMMUNITY BUILDING
Side by Side Associates works with organizations to develop and implement training and organizational change initiatives aimed at building inclusive and equitable organizations and communities. Our intercultural development approach complements a commitment to recognizing the roles of power, marginalization and privilege. In addition, we convene a community of practice.
ST. OLAF CATHOLIC CHURCH
Racial Justice Committee
The Racial Justice Committee (formerly the Anti-racism Steering Committee) works in conjunction with the Parish Social Justice Commission to be a visible presence for racial justice in the congregation and to provide events and opportunities intended to raise awareness about racism and to encourage parishioners on the journey of spiritual conversion toward equality for all. Offers videos, book reviews, bulletin articles, retreats and discussions.
THE ST. PAUL FOUNDATION
Facing Race We're All in this Together
Facing Race is a multi-year initiative that focuses on addressing racism at the individual and institutional levels and provides meaningful recognition for those involved in the work. "New Conversations About Race and Racism" and "New Conversations About White Privilege" dialogues engage community members around this tough issue. The Foundation offers sessions that are open to the general public, facilitation assistance to organizations, and train-the-trainer courses for facilitators. Services are provided for free statewide.
Domestic and international diversity services are led by Jeffrey Cookson, SPHR, GPHR, MFA, who works as an organizational effectiveness consultant at Employers' Association, and has 20 years of experience spanning arts and intercultural fields, an MFA in Acting and Directing, and certification as both a Senior and Global Professional in HR. Cookson
UNITED THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY OF THE TWIN CITIES
Leadership Toward Racial Justice
"Leadership Toward Racial Justice" is offered as a concentration in Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees as well as a certificate (5 course). This training provides clergy and lay leaders of faith communities the knowledge, understanding, and skills to facilitate anti-racism transformation in congregational or other settings. As ecumenical seminary of the United Church of Christ, United Theological Seminary is a graduate school preparing leaders for church and society.
YWCA OF MINNEAPOLIS
Racial Justice Programs
The YWCA promotes racial equity by partnering with individuals and businesses through consulting that: • Teaches inclusive leadership skills • Helps groups maximize innovation through valuing a diverse workforce • Build commitments to policies and practices creating long-term, sustainable change • Invites open dialogue; moving from understanding to strategic action
Andre's purpose is to reconnect people to their Dignity and Honor in Being Human.