Overview

Quickly access key measure data from throughout the site that show differences based on race, income, gender, and/or place of residence, and find ideas to take effective action.

In Minnesota, we take pride in our belief that all people have opportunities to become successful.  We also know that our future as a state depends upon the strength and well-being of all who live here, especially our younger people.

what's happening?

People of Color make up the fastest growing segment of our population. These individuals will continue to make up an increasingly large part of our workforce. Many will also be among the future parents, caregivers and leaders of our region. Data also show that these members of our community are:

All young people living here in Minnesota, from birth through early adulthood, need to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in jobs essential to our economy. Reducing income and racial disparities in education is key to maintaining a strong workforce.

While the root causes of disparities lie in historical experiences of oppression and exclusion, many gaps illustrated by current data can be explained by insufficient income, unhealthy environments, and inadequate access to opportunities. We can address all of these.

Making connections

By highlighting disparities across important quality of life topics such as education and health care, we hope that practitioners and policymakers will gain a broader understanding of the issues we face and use objective data to make sound decisions that will lead to a higher quality of life for all Minnesota's residents. Cradle-to-career data from Generation Next more quickly brings the community to effective action to close achievement and opportunity gaps. Awareness of disparities and best practices in equity related to race, income, and gender in STEM will also aid in addressing challenges.

Featured trend

adults working by race
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Racial gaps in employment among highest in nation

While the Twin Cities region ranks No. 1 among the 25 largest metro areas for the overall proportion of adults working, we have some of the worst disparities in the nation.

View dashboard of workforce measures compiled by Compass for the Itasca Project.

Insights

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What is the right question to help resolve the debate about universal preschool? Dr. Richard Chase, senior research manager at Wilder Research, weighs in. Dr. Chase is the author of a new policy brief, Championing Early Childhood Policies that Prevent Social, Economic, and Educational Inequities.

Speak out

Mary Brainerd, Health Partners CEO, and Jim Campbell, former Wells Fargo CEO, explain why reducing disparities is vital to our economy.

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