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GARE Minnesota’s Organizing for Power: Inside and Outside Strategies Speaker Series

May 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

Special Event


The GARE MN Racial Equity speaker series is an opportunity to enhance your understanding of our work by hearing about the experience of others who are working to achieve racial equity. On May 24 from 6 pm – 8pm, our topic is “Organizing for Power – Inside and Outside Strategies.” Our guests will share insights on what it takes to create community-level racial equity outcomes through the process of community engagement.

Who should attend:

Your team members, elected officials, public commission appointees and representatives of community and civic organizations you partner with or are cultivating a partnership with.

Where and When:

“Organizing for Power – Inside and Outside Strategies” will be held on May 24 from 6 – 8 pm at:

Schneider Theatre

1800 W Old Shakopee Rd.

Bloomington MN 55431

Upwards of 200 GARE participants and 170 guests are expected for this event.

Panelist / Presenters include:

Terri Thao, Program Director at Nexus Community Partners

Terri manages the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute, a rigorous leadership skills effort that prepares people of color for success on public boards. Nexus Community Partners Community Development Institute has helped clarify effective engagement practices for institutions that want to work in alignment with community concerns. You can learn more about Terri at https://nexuscp.org/member/terri-thao/

Vina Kay, Executive Director (or representative) of Voices for Racial Justice

Voices for Racial Justice engages community voice to align local and ST of MN government practices with a community racial equity analysis. They work with community to create Racial Equity Agenda and Bill Watch and the MN Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity that tracks elected officials’ support of racial equity legislation. You can read more about Vina at https://voicesforracialjustice.org/our-team/vina-kay/

Nadine Graves, board member, We Are All Criminals (WAAC)

We Are All Criminals is raising public awareness of differential treatment by race in the criminal justice system. WAAC is engaging the community in a discussion that asks us to consider the long-term economic and social impact of not having options for criminal record expiration. “Criminal records can have a profound and debilitating impact on one’s life: from finding gainful employment and renting safe and affordable housing, criminal records can impose significant barriers to moving forward.” WAAC offers changes to practices and policy that various sectors can adopt to change this dynamic. Nadine is a 2017 Juris Doctor Candidate at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, ACertified Student Attorney for the MH Child Protection Program, and Editor for the Law Journal of Public Policy & Practice.

To register for GARE Minnesota’s Organizing for Power: Inside and Outside Strategies Speaker Series, click here.