Racial Equity Minnesota launches in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 8:50 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A first of its kind program is aiming to help alleviate racial disparity in Minnesota. Racial Equity Minnesota launched in Duluth Tuesday.

Racial Equity Minnesota is a new statewide network of nonprofits dedicated to giving organizations the resources they need to address racial inequality.

Its launch in Duluth aimed to let others know they're here to help.

"If you are equipped and have enough resources and the right skills so you do not alienate people while you are working, then the chances are the conversations and dialogues start and those conversations and dialogues are very empowering," said Savita with the Rochester Diversity Council.

Xavier Bell of Community Action Duluth said it's a needed program, as demographics across the state continue to change.

"When we look at Minnesota's demographics, it's becoming a lot more culturally diverse," Bell said.

It's change that the nine different agencies involved hope communities will embrace along with the services provided.

Racial Equity Duluth will have other launch events in Minneapolis and Rochester later this month.

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Jennifer Austin