Elected Officials Race Equity Community of Practice


Please note: This first-come, first-served registration is limited to 50 city and county elected officials.

The League is excited to announce a new training opportunity for elected officials in cooperation with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE).

The Elected Officials Race Equity Community of Practice is a skills-building series for organizational change makers. There will be four sessions held at the LMC offices in St. Paul. Additional sessions (up to two) may be convened to devote more time to understanding a topic, and/or explore a new topic or skill identified from participant feedback.

The purpose of this series is to increase confidence, aptitude, and commitment of elected officials to lead organizational change and build a community of practice that fosters racial equity outcomes.

In this training series, elected officials will:

  • Achieve shared understanding of how we talk about race, its history in local government, equality and equity, implicit and explicit bias, and individual, institutional, and structural racism
  • Understand elected officials’ unique roles in both leading and supporting national best practices
  • Acquire a skill for shifting narratives and effective messaging
  • Practice developing messages for a current communications challenge involving race
  • Use the Racial Equity Toolkit to assess a current policy or one that is under consideration using data
  • Advance the use of a racial equity analysis and action plan in decision- and policy-making
  • Explore what we mean and what we are seeking to achieve with “community engagement”
  • Understand roles and strategies of elected officials for inside/outside organizing to effect organizational change

Session Dates/Time:
June 29, July 27, August 24, and September 28
5:30-8 p.m. (includes light meal)
Note: There may be 1-2 optional additional sessions in October and November.

—Participants are expected to attend all four (4) sessions, and complete homework and reading assignments between sessions.
—Participants will be paired with a peer to consult with for each session. This practice will provide time and support for problem-solving.

Fee: $100 (covers all sessions)

League of Minnesota Cities
145 University Ave. W. (view map)
St. Paul, MN 55103