Members of our team attended YWCA Minneapolis’ forum on race this past Tuesday. YWCA Minneapolis, our current client, hosts this forum because they believe that “the strength of our future depends on our ability to develop new skills around inclusion and equity, understand the realities of racism today and to commit ourselves to action.” The event brought over 1,000 community members of diverse backgrounds together- from high school students and nonprofit leaders to business-people and educators. While these participants came from a variety of areas, they shared a commitment to facing racial injustice head on, by having frank and truthful conversations about the nature of race relations in Minnesota and the United States. The panelists focused on their own experiences, while offering powerful insight into the structural and systemic origins of American racism that continue to fuel its visible, and insidious, presence in our state and wider society. They also issued a call to back up these discussions with action.
Thank you to YWCA Minneapolis for hosting these important conversations, and for drawing attendees from all across the Twin Cities! We were honored to attend, and we will hold these conversations close as we work to place culturally diverse and culturally competent folks at nonprofits.