The Itasca project, led by chief executive officers from major Minnesota corporations, commissioned a study to research the impact of disparities based on race, class, and place in Minnesota. The findings were startling and unsettling.
A number of business and community organizations responded with efforts to address the disparities and "close the gap." One of these efforts was a partnership of Twin Cities Public Television and community organizations to produce a documentary series called Close the Gap. An advisory committee was convened to develop accompanying materials including a training video and companion guide.
The documentary is a series of five 30-minute episodes plus a 60 minute retrospective and is available to community members online .
Hear from some of the people behind the development of this documentary.
Learn how you can raise awareness and inspire action to end disparities in your community. This half-hour video provides step-by-step guide to leading a training session with a community organization, workplace or neighborhood group. In the video, trainer Elsa Battica demonstrates how to incorporate the Close the Gap video and training guide into a fruitful discussion though both small group and large group activities.
Use this companion discussion guide to join a grassroots effort to both raise awareness and take action for change that can make a lasting difference. The guide includes discussion questions for each segment of the documentary series. Download pdf.
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