How Can a City Advance Racial Equity? PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

February Stone Arch Discussion Group

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Saturday, February 13, 2016 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Wilde Roast: 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414


joy marsh stephensWelcoming new Minneapolis Equity & Inclusion Manager Joy Stephens to lead a conversation about what Minneapolis is doing to advance racial equity. Joy is one of two Equity & Inclusion Managers. Her main role will be with equity initiatives within the City as a workplace. She will work closely with enterprise leadership on a variety of initiatives including supporting the work contemplated by the Racial Equity Action Plan as well as that already undertaken within City departments. She will help support equity and inclusion efforts in hiring, recruiting, supplier diversity and contracting.

Joy most recently worked at UnitedHealth Group where she led large-scale systems and operational change across the multinational organization with more than 180,000 employees. With undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota, she has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of sectors including public schools, health care and financial services. She has served leadership roles in numerous nonprofit boards, schools, and other community groups with a focus on driving equitable outcomes for people of color across the Twin Cities metro area. She views her new role with the City as an ideal opportunity to marry her organizational development and change management skills with her passion for racial equity.

Please everyone, come a little early to buy your coffee. Refills will be in the room. See you Saturday.

Also, check out the recap of the Stone Arch Discussion's 30th Anniversary!








MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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