Greater Minnesota is becoming more welcoming, and benefiting from the results

Lessons from communities

When communities decide to address inclusion and racism, they are asking residents to change assumptions that have been part of American culture for centuries. Extension joined leaders of the Region Nine Development Commission project to consider what they learned from starting the initiative. Here are their thoughts:

  • It takes time. Trust needs to grow. People need time to talk through concerns.
  • The process of starting initiatives is complex. It’s not linear. Be prepared to adjust your sails as you steer.
  • School districts are strong partners for equity efforts. Schools are on the front line of creating welcoming communities for all students.
  • Partner with organizations and groups that are trusted in the communities that you want to hear from.
  • Be prepared to question policies and practices your community has relied upon to get things done.

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