Equity Division

We apply an equity framework to effect change.

Discrimination has been illegal for decades

  • When people believe they are a victim of discrimination, they can file a complaint.
  • When an investigation finds discrimination, remedies can occur for an individual.

Remedies rarely go beyond the individual harmed

  • Even though people file complaints, the systems and institutions responsible are not changed.
  • Inequities persist for many black, indigenous and people of color.
  • These persistent inequities are a civil rights issue.  
  • We are addressing inequities at the systems and institutional level.

Our department uses a racial equity lens to effect change on the way we do work

  • In the Civil Rights Department
  • In the City of Minneapolis
  • With groups across our city 

Our work includes 

  • Education and awareness 
  • Research and analysis 
  • Program development and implementation 


An example of our work is the creation and management of Urban Scholars. 

  • We developed this program in response to the employment gap data.
  • We continue to use a racial equity framework while managing the program. 

Read about Urban Scholars 

Contact us

Civil Rights Equity Division

Cassidy Gardenier



City Hall
350 Fifth St. S., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415 

Office hours

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday