Next Racial Equity speaker series event is May 24

The next event in the Racial Equity speaker series is an opportunity to hear insights on others’ work to achieve racial equity. On May 24, our guests will share what it takes to create community-level racial equity outcomes through the process of community engagement in a forum titled “Organizing for Power – Inside and Outside Strategies.”

Organizing for Power – Inside and Outside Strategies
6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 24
Schneider Theatre
1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington

Panelists and presenters include:

Terri Thao, program director at Nexus Community Partners

Terri manages the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute, a rigorous leadership skills effort that prepares people of color for success on public boards. Nexus Community Partners’ Community Engagement Institute has helped clarify effective engagement practices for institutions to work in alignment with community concerns. You can learn more about Terri at

Vina Kay, executive director at Voices for Racial Justice

Voices for Racial Justice works to advance racial, cultural, social and economic justice in Minnesota through training, strategic organizing and campaigns, and research and policy tools. Its tools include the Racial Equity Agenda and Bill Watch and the Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity, which tracks Minnesota elected officials’ support of racial equity legislation. You can read more about Vina at

Nadine Graves, board member, We Are All Criminals (WAAC)

We Are All Criminals (WAAC) is raising public awareness of the ways the criminal justice system differentiates by race. Observing that criminal records can have a profound and debilitating impact on one’s life, WAAC is engaging the community in a discussion that asks us to consider the long-term economic and social impact for those whose criminal records don’t expire. WAAC offers changes to practices and policy that various sectors can adopt to change this dynamic. Nadine is a 2017 Juris Doctor candidate at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a certified student attorney for the Mitchell Hamline Child Protection Program, and editor for the Law Journal of Public Policy and Practice.

Register for this event through Eventbrite.


Published May 12, 2017



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