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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Achieving Cultural Competency Consulting Services
Achieving Cultural Competence strives to put change in motion through cultural competence and inclusion learning opportunities and by providing unique tools and methods to assist organizations and the community to live and work more effectively in a multicultural society Services include consultation in cultural competence, multicultural social research, civic engagement, facilitation and training. Government and non-profits have had success using the dialogue model we offer to convene constituents and plan for a future of crosscultural inclusion, together. All work is based on utilizing community strengths to achieve shared goal. Bilingual in Spanish, with capacity for offering facilitation in Somali and Hmong.
African American Registry
African American Registry addresses White Privilege, Anti-Racism and Cultural Competency in Community Agencies, Businesses, Schools and Colleges. When our own 44th President is pestered into making his birth certificate public our services are more than needed. Our workshops offer groups of up to 100 an unmatched journey of truth and reconciliation with narrative assistance and a 'Circle Group' process. We feature affordable web seminar, conference call or in person formats. We specialize in helping educators dispense a diverse curriculum in all K-12 subjects, please view our 'Teacher's Forum' link, http://www.aaregistry.org/pages/teachers-forum. We have been requested at the 2010 Overcoming Racism Conference, the 2011 National White Privilege Conference, St. Olaf Churches 'Discussions That Encounter Forum' and more. Call or email us at 612-822-6831 or email@example.com for more information.
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
Families All Matter (FAM), a program of AMAZE, offers anti-bias programming for elementary and early childhood education that helps children learn respect across differences and develop advocacy skills for self and others. Using children's literature to introduce diversity themes through the lens of family, AMAZE helps prevent bullying, teasing and exclusion and includes an easy-to-use companion guide. In 2011, AMAZE will introduce after school anti-bias arts programming. AMAZE provides trainings & workshops on issues related to anti-bias work with children, was named a
The Miller Early Childhood WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Initiative
The Miller Early Childhood Initiative of A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) provides anti-bias training and resources for the early childhood community. Through interactive workshops and curriculum, the Initiative serves to assist families, teachers and caregivers in creating and sustaining bias-free early childhood classrooms and homes that encourage children to appreciate diversity at an age when the seeds of hate can begin to 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.
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.
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 project 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)
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.
Interculturalist helps individuals and organizations develop intercultural leadership skills so that they are more prepared to work with cultural and racial diversity around them and in society.
ISAIAH has 100 member congregations in the Metropolitan Area and St. Cloud. They are white, Latino and African-American people working to build the cross-cultural, cross-racial relationships necessary to truly link across the city, suburbs and Greater Minnesota for an agenda of racial and economic justice for 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 five 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
Cultural Proficiency Workshops
Cultural Porficiency Workshops offer introductions to Hmong, Somali, Latino, Karen, Ethiopian and Oromo cultures. Sessions last between one and three hours per culture. Average audience size is 25. Workshops can be held on site or at Neighborhood House.
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
Beyond Diversity: Courageous Conversations About Race & Educational Disparities
Pacific Educational Group is dedicated to helping school districts address racial educational disparities intentionally, explicitly, and comprehensively. PEG works in partnership with school districts to heighten awareness of institutional racism and develop effective strategies for ending racial achievement disparities through individualized, comprehensive support, training, and coaching. Our partner districts are beginning to see significant achievement gains for their students of color.
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 work with organizations to develop and implement training and organizational change initiatives aimed at building inclusive and equitable organizations and communities. They bring two complementary perspectives: an intercultural development approach, and a commitment to recognizing the role played by power, marginalization and privilege. We also convene a community of practice to share resources, tools and best practices in anti-racism and cultural competence.
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.
St. Paul Area Council of Churches
Minnesota Collaborative Anti-Racism Initiative (MCARI)
MCARI provides anti-racism consultation & training for nonprofit institutions, government, business and community organizations, and institutions of higher education. MCARI assists institutions to develop the capacity to address racism as a systemic issue by training internal leadership with an analysis of racism that is relevant to community and systemic transformation. MCARI offers introductory & comprehensive workshops on the systemic institutionalized dynamics of racism with dismantling strategies.
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 and Public Policy Department
The Racial Justice and Public Policy Department offers workshops, community dialogues, and events to raise awareness of white privilege and promote healing and understanding as a way to eliminate barriers that perpetuate racism.