Explore exhibit on race, learn about advancing racial equity Feb. 17
The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites City employees to attend a program on advancing racial equity from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Free and open to the public, the event will include information on governmental practices to advance racial equity, and attendees will get the opportunity to view the museum’s exhibit “Race: Are We So Different?”
The event is the first in a year-long speaker series aimed at advancing racial equity across jurisdictions and with the community. The program features:
- Joanne Jones-Rizzi, director of community engagement at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
- Diana Falchuk, deputy director of the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) and project manager of an organizing effort in Seattle that used the “Race: Are We So Different?” exhibit to educate and organize actions to advance racial equity in Seattle.
- Benita Horn, a community leader in Seattle who worked with Diana and RSJI to train more than 100 facilitators to work with a broad swath of organizations to visit the exhibit, participate in facilitated dialogues and make commitments to take action.
The speaker series is part of a broader training offered by The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) in partnership with the League of Minnesota Cities for a cohort of 11 governmental jurisdictions focused on advancing racial equity, including the City of Minneapolis.
Can't make it to the event Feb. 17? Check out these resources on race:
- Ten things everyone should know about race.
- "RACE -- The Power of an Illusion" (See a preview of the documentary).
If you have questions about the event or are interested in learning more about the City’s equity and inclusion work, email Joy Marsh Stephens.
Save the date for future events in the Advancing Racial Equity speaker series:
- 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, May 18.
- 6- 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17.
- 5:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7.
Watch Minneapolis Matters for details on the events.
Published Feb 9, 2016