City Coordinator’s Office of Equity and Inclusion plans year of engagement opportunities on racial equity
The recent “Breaking Ice” performance in March kicked off a year of opportunities for City employees to learn about and discuss racial equity issues. The City Coordinator’s Office of Equity and Inclusion planned the activities to foster better understanding and communication among employees and to help us make progress on our City goal of One Minneapolis. The activities offer a safe space to address the conversations on race relations happening in Minneapolis, help us grow as an organization and better serve our residents.
Please mark your calendars and plan to participate in the following:
Foundations of Equity certificate
A series of five classes will be offered twice for employees to learn more about equity and inclusion:
What are microinequities and how do they impact the workplace?
April 27, 2016 at 10 a.m.
Can we really work together – generational differences at work.
June 2016 (afternoon)
How will increasing diversity impact my job?
July 2016 (morning)
What is marginalization?
September 2016 (afternoon)
How does unconscious bias affect my workplace engagement and performance?
October 2016 (morning)
Take all five classes to earn the Foundations of Equity certificate. Each class is one hour, and employees will be able to sign up soon in the learning and development section on COMET.
Enterprise equity and inclusion SharePoint site
In an enterprise as large and spread out as the City, it can be a challenge to know everything that we’re doing to advance racial equity. The City Coordinator’s Office of Equity and Inclusion has been developing this SharePoint site to help employees learn more about everything the City is doing to advance racial equity. You’ll find information and opportunities to get involved and, most importantly, engage with others on topics of race, culture and equity. The web page will showcase what departments are doing and where we are collaborating in interdepartmental teams. It will also provide a set of tools to help us build a shared culture and language around equity. Watch future editions of Minneapolis Matters and CityTalk for the announcement that the site is up and ready to use.
Advancing Racial Equity speaker series
This speaker series began in February with a program at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Attendees had the opportunity to view the museum’s exhibit “Race: Are We So Different?” and listen to speakers:
- 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.
Save the date for future events in the Advancing Racial Equity speaker series:
- 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, May 11.
This will be a candid and engaging conversation highlighting the challenges and opportunities of our changing demographics and diverse communities, featuring speakers:
o Deepa Iyer, author of “We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future,” senior fellow with the Center for Social Inclusion, and former executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together
o Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, professor of clinical sociomedical sciences at Mailman School of Public Health, professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University and a board-certified psychiatrist who is interested in the links between the environment and mental health.
o Photographer Wing Young Huie, most well-known for his photographs documenting people in a culturally diverse and changing urban landscape. Some of his photographs are on display in the Public Service Center.
- 6- 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17.
- 5:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7.
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.
READ book club
READ stands for Reading for Equity and Diversity. The book club will select books and hold book club discussions periodically. Learn about the first book club selection. Registration for the first book club discussion will be available soon in COMET.
Equity and inclusion resources for departments
The City Coordinator’s Office of Equity Inclusion has a number of resources available including movies for departments interested in hosting their own equity and inclusion events with employees. Contact Joy Marsh Stephens at [email protected] or 612-673-2102 for a recommendation on materials.
Published Apr 6, 2016