You’re invited to the first Regional Convening on Racial Equity

The first of several Regional Convenings on Racial Equity will meet August 5 and 6 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mayor Betsy Hodges of the City of Minneapolis and Mayor Chris Coleman of the City of St. Paul join the the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and the Government Alliance on Race & Equity in order to address issues of race, equity, and inclusion.

The convening will feature workshops, keynotes, and panels featuring experts from across the nation. Praxia Partners founder, Joe Recchie, will be one of the featured panelists, so check back with us to learn more about the ideas raised.

The convening’s goals are to:

  • Increase understanding of and commitment to racial equity and to making a real difference in the community.
  • Share local and national racial equity best practices.
  • Further cross-jurisdictional, cross-community, and cross-sector strategies for racial equity.
  • Foster post-convening collaboration.

The mayors wrote of the event’s importance, stating, “Across all indicators of success — jobs, housing, education, criminal justice, health or any other area — our region suffers from great racial inequities that are holding all of us back.”

In addition to mayors Coleman and Hodges, speakers include john powell, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society’s Executive Director, and Glenn Harris, the Center for Social Inclusion’s President.

Workshops include:

  • From outreach to engagement – developing community leadership and commitment
  • Operating in accordance with our values – improving access to government contracting
  • Operating in accordance with our values – improving access to government jobs
  • Increasing and improving jobs – closing the racial equity gaps in jobs and improving success for all
  • From Policy to Power-Sharing – Creating Change in Educational Equity
  • Making sure we all have a place to call home – closing the racial equity gaps in housing
  • Innovative partnerships to support place-based strategies for racial equity
  • Healthy people / healthy communities – closing the racial equity gaps in health and improving outcomes for all
  • Environmental Justice – creating and protecting a healthy environment for all
  • Criminal Justice – addressing persistent racial inequities throughout the criminal justice system
  • Transportation equity – don’t leave communities of color behind
  • Inequality and the racial wealth gap

You can register for the event here today or tomorrow.

About the organizers

The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society calls the University of California, Berkeley home, but its impact is far-reaching. Areas of research include:

  • Diversity and Democracy
  • Diversity and Health Disparities
  • Economic Disparities
  • LGBTQ Citizenship
  • Race, Diversity, and Educational Policy
  • Reconfiguring the Landscapes of Disability

The Government Alliance on Race and Equity advocates that the government should:

  • Make a commitment to achieving racial equity
  • Focus on the power and influence of their own institutions, and
  • Work in partnership with others

About Holly

Holly Jensen is a writer and poet who has worked with nonprofits and businesses for over a decade. She also serves as editor of The Ghazal Page, an international literary journal.
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