Golden Valley HRC Invites Community To Racial Equity Speaker Series

The Golden Valley Human Rights Commission invites you to join community members from around the metro area for “Advancing Racial Equity,” a speaker series sponsored by the Government Alliance on Racial Equity (GARE). The first session is Feb 22, 3-5 pm, at the Minneapolis Central Library.

“Advancing Racial Equity” is sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities in partnership with GARE. GARE believes if governments work proactively to leverage significant change, it sets the stage for achieving racial equity in communities. It’s goal is to build a national movement. Currently, GARE is in 30 states and more than 100 cities.

The City of Golden Valley is part of Minnesota’s 2017 cohort, which includes teams from government jurisdictions that make a one-year commitment to attend monthly sessions covering skill building, strategy development, peer-to-peer networking, and problem solving. The focus is on in-depth learning about racial disparities and developing a comprehensive action plan for the community.

Minnesota’s 2016 cohort included 11 cities, one county, and several state agencies.

Speaker Series

A highlight of “Advancing Racial Equity” is a speaker series that is open to the community. Four sessions are scheduled throughout the year at various locations, some yet to be determined. The first session will be Feb 22 in Minneapolis:

“The Role of Government: Opportunities and Challenges – The Work Ahead”
Feb 22, 3-5 pm
Minneapolis Central Library – Pohlad Hall
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401

The event will feature a welcome and overview from GARE and the League of Minnesota Cities, followed by discussion with a panel of representatives from Minnesota’s 2016 cohort (Elizabeth Tolzmann, Assistant City Manager of Bloomington; Jake Spano, Mayor of Saint Louis Park; Kevin Frazell, Director of Member Services for the League of Minnesota Cities; Althegra Williams, Community Outreach & Access Coordinator, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; and others).


RSVP to Judy Nally at 763-593-8002 by Friday, February 17 to attend this event, as space is limited.

Upcoming Dates And Topics

  • May 24, 6–8 pm—“Organizing for Power – Inside and Outside Strategies”
  • Aug 23, 6–8 pm—“Moving Elected Leadership to Advance Racial Equity”
  • Dec 6, 5:30–8 pm—“Celebrating Our Success, Facing New Challenges”

Locations have yet to be determined. Updates and details will be posted on the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission web page.

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