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 Bush 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 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).
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.
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 A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE (R) Institute
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.
Make It MSP - BE MSP Workplace Toolkit
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.
Acting Black: Demystifying Racism
60 minute solo performance created to inspire open and honest conversations about race and diversity followed by a facilitated discussion.
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 Providers Network
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.
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.
Organizing Minnesota’s Employment and Enterprise Equity Ecosystems
We align, we convene, we connect and we amplify the existing racial equity work to better organize Minnesota’s employment and enterprise equity ecosystems.
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.
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 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, and more.
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.
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
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, Inc.
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.
Northwest Indian Community Development Center
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.
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.
For thirty-nine years Penumbra Theatre has provided a safe space for difficult conversations that move communities forward. With Penumbra you can excavate the layers of your identity and reflect deeply on the unique role that you can play in creating social change. We offer workshops, residencies, speaking engagements, and consulting.
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.
Strategic Diversity Initiatives
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
TAP Resource Center - The Diversity Navigators
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.
The Underground Media Collective
We are a media cooperative dedicated to reimagining public media. We are centered around the stories of people of color and other marginalized communities.
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
YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
YMCA Equity Innovation Center
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.
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.