Below is a listing of racial equity programs and training providers serving workplaces, civic organizations, educational institutions, faith communities, and anyone working to combat racism and increase cultural competence.
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 Bush Foundation or Minnesota Compass.
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).
Afro American Development Association (AADA) works to alleviate poverty by supporting New American and other diverse communities. AADA fosters job opportunities, reduces dependency on government assistance, promotes education, and through training and capacity-building contributes to greater economic growth and development throughout this region of Minnesota and North Dakota.
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.
A toolkit for sparking conversations and building an inclusive culture in the workplace. This toolkit is about shifting the focus of diversity efforts from an exercise in risk mitigation to a source for growth. This initiative is about unlocking the full potential of every individual, no matter their background or identity, and creating an environment where people thrive. When organizations achieve a truly inclusive culture, they achieve higher financial performance, have a more satisfied workforce, and attract the best talent.
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.
Urban Immersion Service Retreats (UISR) creates and facilitates training’s and immersions focused on educating participants about the complexities and root causes of poverty and social justice issues within our communities.
Participants are asked to put themselves in the shoes of those living in poverty in our communities. This simulation engages participants in making tough choices as a family of five living in Minneapolis on a limited budget, to stimulate awareness, openness, and learning.
UISR is a program of Greater Minneapolis Community Connections (GMCC).
Marnita's Table seeks to make Intentional Social Interaction the new pattern for society, with people of color and other under-resourced people included at the resource sharing table. We are experts at bringing policy makers and other leaders together with those who are impacted by the policies being made.
Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration
Inclusive Volunteerism Initiative
Nonprofits and governments engage primarily White volunteers to deliver programs and services to communities of color. Nonprofits can't fully meet their mission if mentors, food shelf assistants, disaster respondents, and board members (to name a few) do not reflect the racial diversity of the communities served. The Inclusive Volunteerism Initiative focuses on researching, identifying and dismantling the systemic inequities faced by people of color when volunteering on a formal basis with a nonprofit or government organization.
Nexus Community Partners works at the intersection of community building and community development, engaging communities of color and immigrant communities to achieve equitable, sustainable revitalization. Nexus considers the engagement of communities of color and immigrant communities essential to equitable community revitalization. Nexus honors the knowledge and capacity that exist within communities, and the intrinsic value of differing cultures and backgrounds. Nexus recognizes respectful working partnerships as a powerful context for mutual learning and transformative action. Nexus strives for cultural competence and authentic community engagement in all of its strategies and activities.
Our mission is to identify, coordinate and deliver resources that promote wellness and equity for American Indian families in northwest and north-central Minnesota. NWICDC offers a wide range of Anishinaabe informed services and community advocacy to more effectively meet the needs of Indigenous people, families and communities.
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 equity since 1996, Breaking Ice helped develop a dialogue on diversity following Hurricane Katrina and received the 2008 Nonprofit Mission Award for Anti-Racism Initiatives.
As the only network of its kind in the state, with 7 member organizations, REMN is trusted to help deliver positive outcomes and solutions on the complex topic of racial equity through a comprehensive portfolio of products and a continuum of services, from assessment to implementation.
Strategic Diversity Initiatives (SDI) is a certified LGBTQ-owned and women-owned consulting firm with 25 years’ experience helping large and small organizations with their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, including strategic planning, audits, coaching, consulting, and training. A list of services, as well as past clients, can be found on our website, strategicdi.com
We offer exciting and powerful tools for growth and change, providing an opportunity for groups, individuals and organizations to make a departure from their everyday routine in their journey for social justice. Major areas which could be addressed are: team-building, personal awareness and growth, equity and inclusion, or simply recreation.
Voices for Racial Justice works with communities of color and American Indian communities to lead the way toward a more inclusive, equitable Minnesota. Its mission: to advance racial, cultural, social, and economic justice in Minnesota through organizer and leadership training, strategic convening and campaigns, and research and policy tools.
The Center brings together diverse stakeholders from all sectors to develop a common understanding of, and design solutions to, challenges related to diversity, equity and inclusion. We have an interactive transformative experience around culture, history, and race as well as customized training to meet leadership teams and communities where they are in the journey.