Prosperity and Disparity in Minneapolis: How Wealth Distribution Impacts Communities
Leisure and hospitality employment in Minnesota has decreased by 73,000 (-23%) since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Explore Minnesota Tourism. In Minneapolis as many as 20,000, of the pre-COVID 19 high water mark of 36,000, leisure and hospitality workers have lost their jobs. Historically, unemployment rates for Black and Hispanic people are significantly higher than that of their white counterparts. In this session, Sharon Sayles Belton dives into the root causes of these economic disparities in Minneapolis between Minnesota’s BIPOC and white populations.
To help keep the discussion going on the topics covered during this we want to provide some additional reading material from our speakers, James Burroughs and Jim Wolford.
MN Business Coalition for Racial Equity (MBCR)
Leaders from more than 80 organizations have come together to build an equitable, inclusive and prosperous state with and for Black residents.
James Burrough's blog explores the essence of equity and inclusion.
Article: Equity Lens is vital response to COVID-19 and its impact on communities of color
The Equity Lens is a popular term in the field of equity, diversity and inclusion. The Equity Lens is not available in stores. The Equity Lens is not something you can actually touch and feel. The Equity Lens does not come with instructions or a score sheet to assess whether you are using it correctly. The Equity Lens is behavior change, culture change, equity actions, and systems change. The Equity Lens is vital as the world responds to COVID-19 and the impact it has had and will continue to have on communities of color.
Equality and Inclusion Educational Resources
Tools for understanding racism, privilege and bias.
Start Reading Now directly supports low-income students by addressing summer reading set-back and inspiring kids to read by choice.
Twin Cities African American Leadership Forum
The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) is a cross-sector network of Black Thought Leaders, Influencers, Builders, and Ambassadors. Their mission is to foster a just society that works better for all Americans by addressing disparities in Economic Development, Health & Wellness, Education, and Family & Culture in the Black community, and convening, supporting and developing the leadership capacity of Black leaders across Minnesota.
Coalition of Asian American Leaders MN
A network that equips and uplifts leaders, develops and takes action on shared agendas, and build across communities towards equity, justice, and prosperity
Latino Economic Development Center
An association of Latino entrepreneurs and leaders in the state of Minnesota. Our members have drive, passion, and know-how that creates this burgeoning Latino business community which is the nucleus of good quality life.