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Race & Equity

In Minneapolis, all of our work to eliminate socio-economic disparities centers around our belief that what we look like and where we come from should not determine the benefits, burdens, or responsibilities we bear in our society. Because we believe all people are created equal in​ terms of rights, dignity, and the potential to achieve great things, we see inequality based on race, gender, and other social characteristics as not only unfortunate but unjust. The value of equality, democratic voice, physical and economic security, social mobility, a shared sense of responsibility for one another, and a chance to start over after misfortune or missteps -- what many Americans call redemption -- are the moral pillars of the American ideal of opportunity (The American Prospect, 2007). Despite Minneapolis' reputation as one of the most progressive, thriving cities in the country, we cannot escape the present legacy of past discrimination.

For more information on the Division’s work, please read the Divisions Race & Equity's 2019 Annual Report 

City Council definitions

Racial Equity Community Advisory Committee

    The Racial Equity Community Advisory Committee was created by Resolution 2017R-499 : Establishing the Racial Equity Community Advisory Committee to serve as an advisory board to the City Council, Mayor, and City Departments on City policies, practices, budget, and other matters that it determines to be appropriate, related to addressing racism and racial inequities and promoting racial justice and racial equity in the City enterprise and in the City as a whole. It is meant to advise the Racial equity Steering Committee on the creation and implementation of the Racial Equity Action Plan, and provide an annual evaluation report to the community on the City's progress addressing racial inequities and closing racial disparities.

    The current members of the Racial Equity Community Advisory Committee are:

    Seat # Candidate Seat # Candidate
    Seat 1: Ward 1 Joo Hee Pomplun Seat 9: Ward 9  
    Seat 2: Ward 2 Noel Gordon, J. Seat 10: Ward 10 Samantha Pree-Stinson
    Seat 3: Ward 3 Kameron Lindsey Seat 11: Ward 11  
    Seat 4: Ward 4 C Terrence Anderson Seat 12: Ward 12  
    Seat 5: Ward 5 Qannani Omar Seat 13: Ward 13  Kate Redden
    Seat 6: Ward 6 Josie Shardlow Mayor Appointed Aaron Hill
    Seat 7: Ward 7  Elizabeth Adams Mayor Appointed  
    Seat 8: Ward 8  Ade Salami    

     Vacancies - Seat: 9, Ward 9, Seat:11 Ward 11, Seat 12: Ward 12, Mayoral Appointment

    The regular meeting of the Racial Equity Community Advisory Committee will be on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Location may vary.

    Racial Equity Community Advisory Committee Agendas and Meeting Minutes

    Please see LIMS for additional agendas and meeting minutes.

Past equity work

Enterprise engagement

  • Foundations of Equity
  • Reading for Equity & Diversity Book Club
  • Trauma Education & Capacity-Building
  • Racial Equity Coordinators
  • Equity & Inclusion Event Calendar - Internal & External
  • Centralized Tools and Resource Inventory

Department consultation

  • Equity & Inclusion Team Department/Support
  • Project/Policy Analysis
    • Public Works' 20-Year Pavement
    • City Clerk & NCR's Appointed Boards and Commissions
    • Sustainability's Green Zones
    • City Attorney's Office Trauma Training
    • Human Resources' Supervising a Diverse Workforce Training
    • 311 Vicarious Trauma
    • 911/311/Emergency Management Psychological First Aid
  • Staff Racial Equity Training
  • Department Racial Equity Planning

Cross-department collaboration

  • Engagement Design Team
  • Supplier Diversity Team
  • Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee
  • Enterprise Resource Group Partnerships
  • 100 Resilient Cities alignment
  • Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy alignment
  • Welcoming Cities Task Force
  • Civil Rights Urban Scholars project collaboration - 2016
  • IGR Policy Review Team
  • Participatory Budgeting Working Group
  • Minneapolis Police Department History of Race
  • Minneapolis Police Department National Initiative

External collaborations

  • Government Alliance on Race and Equity
  • Minnesota League of Cities
  • Everybody In Steering Committee
  • Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board
  • Upper Harbor Terminal
  • Meet Minneapolis

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Published Jan 25, 2017



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