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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The Minnesota Community Foundation and
The Saint Paul Foundation.

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

Teacher's Forum
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)

CJMM, Inc. Scholarship and Speakers Bureau
CJMM offers tours, events, advocacy, speakers, and educational materials to discuss events around the Duluth lynching and current racism. DVDs "Bringing the Truth to Light: A Community Forum on Racism Today" and "Racial Equity in Education" are available. CJMM hosts an annual dinner to recognize people committed to racial justice.

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
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 capacity to address racism as a systemic issue by equipping internal leadership with tools for individual & institutional transformation. MCARI offers introductory & comprehensive workshops on the systemic institutionalized dynamics of racism (including manifestations that limit full institutional potential) and dismantling strategies. See also 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.

CultureBrokers LLC

Dakota County Technical College

Multicultural Leadership
DCTC has embraced diversity as one of the institution's most important priorities. Multicultural Leadership Diploma (MLD) program aims to improve enrollment and graduation rates of student populations historically underserved and underrepresented in higher education. The program embraces the challenge to enhance the professional advancement of minorities in Minnesota.

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.

Diversity Council

Spark! workshops
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
Belonging Circles is an afterschool curriuculm booklet for grades K-4 that uses the arts to help students build tolerance and life skills. It includes lesson plans for easy projects that promote discussions about belonging in a community, and lists characteristics of successful afterschool programs. A free guide for replicating is available.


EdChange is an award-winning and internationally recognized collaboration of facilitators, activists, and educators, two based in the Twin Cities. EdChange creates and facilitates workshops on anti-racism, cultural competence, and white privilege, working to push the conversation beyond "heroes and holidays" and toward a genuine examination of how racism permeates our lives.

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester

Racial Justice Task Group
The Racial Justice Task Group, formed in 2007, comprises members of the Unitarian Universalist Church as well as other members of the Rochester community concerned with issues of racial justice.

HarmonyWorks Training Institute

Inter-Cultural Collaboration and Leadership Series
This experiential, 20-40 hour course engages youth, community leaders, and organizers to build relationships, dispel misinformation, expose cultural myths, increase emotional intelligence, and build authentic collaborations. Exercises examine 'individual' cultural conditioning, 'community' norms, and 'institutional' practices. Other work includes nonprofit capacity-building, social/economic development, and racial equity advocacy.

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

The Hispanic Health Network is a consulting and 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. The center provides Adult Basic English to refugees and immigrant communities, youth afterschool programs, and Hmong language instruction.

Inclusion Network

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

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

Racial Justice
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
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, a Hip Hop workshop, Council of Advisor partnerships, Holocaust education, Close the Gap and teacher trainings, and work in Greater Minnesota.

Jones! Consulting

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 a societal pattern where people of color, the disenfranchised, the poor, the unheard and the fragile are automatically included and valued at the table. Literally. 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 workplace differences. Created for each client and its inclusion initiatives, the tailor-made shows are produced by Mixed Blood Theater company. But they go beyond theater, creating follow-up training programs that focus on behavioral change in individuals.

Native Vote Alliance of Minnesota

One Ummah Consulting

One Ummah is a team of trainers and consultants from a broad range of fields, with over 50 years of combined experience. They offer innovative solutions, comprehensive strategies, and services to help build multicultural competence and 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 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.

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 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 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, and history of how people became white in the US. Workshops for ages 13-19 are 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
Breaking Ice is a customized professional theater experience to help organizations and businesses with difficult interpersonal and institutional issues. Helping open conversations on racism and equality since 1996, Breaking Ice helped develop a dialogue on diversity following Hurricane Katrina and received the 2008 Nonprofit Mission Award for Anti-Racism Initiatives.

Racial Equity Minnesota Network

As the only network of its kind in the state, with 9 member organizations, Racial Equity Minnesota is trusted to help deliver positive outcomes and solutions on the complex topic of racial equity through a comprehensive portfolio of products and continuum of services.

Saint Paul Public Schools

Multicultural Resource Center, located at Washington Technology Magnet School
Multicultural Resource Center is a lending library providing resources (artifacts, books, films, curriculum, learning trunks) to support the cultural proficiency journey of staff and students in Saint Paul Public Schools and the East Metro Integration District members. We offer free staff professional development opportunities around anti-racism and cultural proficiency.

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

Wonder Years
The exhibition Wonder Years bridges the gap between the public and current research on the science of early childhood development. 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, productive life.

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 works with the Parish Social Justice Commission to be a visible presence for racial justice in the congregation and provide opportunities to raise awareness about racism and encourage parishioners on the journey of spiritual conversion toward equality for all. Offers videos, book reviews, events, bulletin articles, retreats and discussions.

The Saint Paul Foundation

Facing Race We're All in this Together
The Facing Race initiative provides tools and resources so individuals and organizations can reflect on, discuss and take action to end racism. Facing Race's "New Conversations" dialogues engage community members around this tough issue. The Foundation offers sessions open to the general public, facilitation assistance to organizations, and train-the-trainer courses. 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 MA degrees as well as a certificate, providing clergy and lay leaders of faith communities knowledge, understanding, and skills to facilitate anti-racism transformation in congregational or other settings. United Theological Seminary is an ecumenical graduate school.


YouthCARE (Youth for Cultural & Racial Equality) is a nonprofit organization with a 39 year history of providing positive multicultural youth development services for Minneapolis and St. Paul youth. YouthCARE's primary goal is to provide programs and services that help youth develop leadership, employment readiness, and self-sufficiency skills.

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; builds commitments to policies and practices creating long-term, sustainable change; and invites open dialogue, moving from understanding to strategic action.
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