Small Communities Invited to Attend Informational Session on Race Equity

The League of Minnesota Cities and the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) are looking to work with a group of smaller cities and counties interested in helping develop and pilot a race equity program. An initial convening of potentially interested jurisdictions will be held on Oct. 30 at the Redwood Falls Community Center.

This event is not a workshop or seminar, but a gathering and informational session for potential partners ready to commit over the next year to developing and piloting an approach for dealing with racial equity issues in smaller cities and counties. Cities and counties from all over the state are welcome to attend.

The League has partnered with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) to work with larger communities on advancing race equity. LMC and SWIF now want to do similar work tailored for smaller communities. (If your city is interested in participating in a 2019 cohort with GARE, contact Kevin Frazell at or (651) 281-1215.)

The Oct. 30 event is designed to create a space for city and county officials interested in working on race equity to build relationships, share ideas, and brainstorm ways to engage in the work. The event is free, but registration is requested.

—Register for the LMC-SWIF Race Equity Work Conversation


The following is a preliminary agenda:

9 a.m. Welcome from SWIF and LMC

9:15 a.m. Why we are here together: sharing around the room

10 a.m. 15-minute break

10:15 a.m. Overview of key concepts in race equity work

12:15 p.m. Lunch and conversation

1 p.m. Designing a model (all)

  • Ways to engage in this work.
  • Preferences for the kinds of events to participate in.
  • Building capacity among local governments to address racial inequities.
  • Supports/resources to help move this work forward.
  • Engaging with community groups.

2:45 p.m. Wrap up and next steps

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