This month, we celebrated Pride, recognizing Stonewall was a riot, as well as Juneteenth, knowing that our nation's other Independence Day symbolizes how justice has always been delayed for Black Americans. We are living in unprecedented times and while we may understandably yearn for a sense of certainty and stability, it’s clear that what was considered normal prior to this pandemic was not working for most of us, and as such, we are called to make a new way for ourselves and our communities in this time of transformation.
Today, the Board of Commissioners voted to declare racism a public health crisis in Hennepin County. "Due to racism, Black, Indigenous and People of Color in Hennepin County statistically have poorer educational outcomes, earn less, and are less likely to own homes or have access to quality health care and jobs than White people. These disparities have lifelong impacts, including higher disease rates, and, as we’re seeing now, higher rates of COVID-19. Naming racism as a systemic cause to disparities is key to continue to move this work forward." Let's draw inspiration from the courageous leadership of Commissioners Fernando and Conley to address a pandemic within a pandemic, and use the power and capacity we each have to contribute to our community's collective renewal.
Community Equity Program
The Community Equity Program (CEP) is an immersive program housed out of Wilder Foundation that brings together up to 15 Black, Indigenous, Black, People of Color (BIPOC) who currently serve as community leaders to build an even more powerful and influential voice in public policy decision making in order to drive social change and transform lives in Minnesota. Community Equity Program's mission is to deepen engagement of BIPOC communities in the legislative process by building connections to people, communities, groups, and organizations that influence or enact public policy. Apply for the 2020-21 CEP cohort by July 17! [Learn more.]
Facing Race Awards Nominations
The Facing Race Awards offer an annual recognition of anti-racism activists and organizations in Minnesota. They are a way to honor those in our community who challenge absent and harmful narratives on race, build solutions that unite, instead of divide, and push for justice and equity. Through these Awards, the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation celebrates and learns from those leading the way forward. Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their commitment to racial equity and anti-racism efforts in Minnesota? Nominate them for the Facing Race Awards by July 2. [Learn more.]
Coursera for Minnesota
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has partnered with Coursera to provide free career-focused, online learning resources to Minnesotans. Coursera offers 3,800 courses and training modules from over 200 top businesses and universities, including more than 60 courses from the University of Minnesota. These learning opportunities are aimed at preparing people for in-demand jobs. This partnership is made possible by the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative. Minnesotans interested in using Coursera must register before September 30, 2020 and will have access to the platform through March 2021. [Learn more.]
Emerging City Champions Fellowship
8 80 Cities is looking for young leaders with bold ideas to make mobility, public space, and civic engagement more equitable to apply for the Emerging City Champions fellowship and microgrant program funded by Knight Foundation. Now in its sixth year, the Emerging City Champions program has helped launch the leadership journeys of over 100 inspirational alumni. The program provides selected fellows aged 19-35 with leadership training, access to peer networks, coaching, and $5000 in seed funding to implement one community project in one year. Applications are due on Sunday, July 12. [Apply online.]