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).
AMAZEworks creates equity and belonging for all. AMAZEworks supports healthy identities and respect across differences by working at the intersections of anti-bias education, diversity/inclusion, and social emotional learning. Based in research and best practices, AMAZEworks provides anti-bias education curricula, tools, training, and equity consulting for schools, communities, and organizations.
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.
Today's youth require school environments promoting respect, inclusiveness & civility. At A CLASSROOM OF DIFFERENCE, we offer a variety of training programs for pre-K through 12th grade school communities - educators, administrators, youth, families - focusing on development of inclusive culture and respectful school climate by addressing bias and bullying.
Anti-Defamation League's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE ® Institute provides anti-bias training and resources for educators, parents, students and all members in the community. Interactive workshops and curriculum help families, teachers and caregivers create sustained bias-free classrooms and homes encouraging children to appreciate diversity at any age.
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.
Aeriel and Kyle Ashlee, co-founders of Ashlee Consulting, provide engaging keynotes and trainings on vulnerability, identity, and storysharing as tools to foster space for bold conversations. They are award-winning authors of VITAL: A Torch for Your Social Justice Journey, a book for incorporating social justice into everyday life.
The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Toolkit is an affordable, organization-focused, self-administered assessment for organizations wishing to build a more effective and reflective organization from the inside out. It’s made up of three distinct parts, and is intended to assess three important components of an organization: people, processes, and power structures.
CommonSense Consulting@Work provides its clients with strategies and solutions that foster workplace inclusion, engagement and performance.
CSC partners with clients that have to address the change in customer and employee demographics as well as workplace culture and environment. CSC provides the tools and strategies to value, respect and leverage diversity and allow clients to achieve their business plans. CSC provides value-added scheduling, services, and collaborative relationships for the right price point.
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.
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
The Cultural Providers Network (CPN) is a coalition of providers for children and families of color, institutions of higher learning and Minnesota policy professionals. Current membership includes professionals from approximately twenty agencies.
CPN's Mission is to build and sustain a network of diverse communities and organizations with a special interest in culture and ethnicity in order to promote policies, practices, standards and research that improve the health of children and their families and communities with a focus on behavioral health.
CultureBrokers LLC provides customized solutions to for-profit, not-for-profit, and governmental organizations wanting to improve their outcomes with culturally diverse employees, customers, and communities. Our approach makes your success inevitable by harnessing the dynamism of diversity and employing breakthrough rules of change. Our committed clientele experience quick, effective, and sustainable results.
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.
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.
Facing Race: A Renewed Commitment to Racial Equity
The Saint Paul Foundation & Minnesota Community Foundation
The board and staff of The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners affiliates, have adopted a new racial equity framework that deepens our commitment and infuses racial equity in all of our roles as community foundations.The Facing Race racial equity framework builds upon our decades-long focus on racial equity and outlines how racial equity is prioritized in decision-making and activities across the organizations. The Foundations would like to share their framework and approach to racial equity with individuals and organizations that are interested in this work.
Healing Roots creates learning opportunities for people of European heritage to become more aware of our culture and history, including whiteness and European root cultures, in order to become agents of change in creating a healthy society and create space for other ways of knowing. We offer workshops (fee) and discussions (no charge).
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.
InclusionINC is a leading global consulting and learning organization specializing in inclusion and diversity solutions tied directly to client company’s business objectives. InclusionINC set out to evolve the current thinking and business practices of diversity to inclusion, an actionable business strategy that garners direct ROI.
Interculturalist believes in the power of an interculturally mature future. Whether it be for work, play, family, or society, we commit to making positive impact through bringing effective training and coaching, insightful assessment and consulting, and innovative educational programs and tools for individuals and organizations.
IRG is a speakers bureau that builds bridges through education and awareness about the Muslim community. Muslims are one of the most diverse faith communities in the world. IRG's presentations are designed to get people thinking about the assumptions we make about each other and how to challenge them.
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. Currently project topics include: voting rights, economic justice, foreclosure prevention, immigrant rights, and gun violence prevention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Relationships Matter Now ,LLC uses a proprietary brand promise experience of Engage, Collaborate and Lead to build custom inclusive leadership strategies and programs for organizations. We co-create values and actions to meet both the organization's and leaders' needs.
Ly-Xiong Consulting works in partnership to close the gap between good intentions and equitable outcomes. Using participatory methods to integrate evidence and lived experiences, we cultivate action-learning communities that share power and hold each other accountable to move toward equity. Services include facilitation, training, coaching, planning and assessment with an emphasis on engagement.
Side by Side Associates works with organizations to develop and implement training and change initiatives aimed at building inclusive and equitable organizations and communities. Our intercultural development approach complements a commitment to addressing power and privilege. Our services include the DIA, a unique tool for assessing and increasing organizational inclusiveness.
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
Organizations and Corporate Businesses needing Diversity Assessments and Training Tools
Take a Pause Diversity Navigators (TAP) is an organizational management consulting firm providing operating advice and assistance to organizations and businesses - navigating partnerships with local diverse communities. Helping companies engage, attract, recruit and retain a diverse workforce. Retaining a multi-dimensional workforce positively impacts the economic and educational disparities in high unemployment & high poverty areas.
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
"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.
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.