Hopkins Race & Equity Initiative
About the Hopkins Race & Equity Initiative
The Hopkins Race and Equity Initiative (HREI) is a collaborative effort creating opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of race, equity and diversity and promoting a sense of community that welcomes and values all residents. Partnering organizations include:
- The City of Hopkins
- The Gethsemane Lutheran Church
- The Hopkins Public Schools
- The Police Department
Read more about Race Equity in Hopkins.
Alex Fisher, Director of Community Education and Engagement Hopkins Public Schools
Ari Lenz, Assistant City Manager - Hopkins
Bill Wells, Diversity Equity and Inclusion Consultant
Brent Johnson, Police Chief
Donna Anderson, Gethsemane Church
Dre Jefferson, Hopkins Public Schools District Facilities Use Coordinator
Erik Husevold, Captain Hopkins Police
Pastor John Nelson, Gethsemane Church
Julia Ross, Joint Community Police Program Community Liaison - Hopkins Police
Kersten Elverum, Director of Economic Development and Planning - Hopkins
PeggySue Imihy, Management Analyst Hopkins
Pastor Sarah Moat, Gethsemane Church
Stanley Brown, Equity and Inclusion Director Hopkins Public Schools
Community Event - Not Your Model Minority: The Histories and Realities of Anti-Asian Racism
Wednesday, July 21 7 - 8 pm Gethsemane Lutheran Church
Two students from the University of MN will engage in candid conversation about societal and personal experiences of anti-Asian racism. They will examine historical and contemporary issues that Asian Americans face, and ways that individuals can stand in solidarity and support marginalized communities.
Haruka Yukioka (they/them) has been involved in the Asian-American student union and is on the social justice committee of the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League.
Saulkdi Yangh (he/him) is an advocate for those who are displaced and works for transformative justice. He leads processing circles to engage in critical conversations about community organizing and care and healing from past traumas.
Previous Event Recordings
HREI Presents Jim Crow of the North - September 9, 2020
Join HREI for a special screening and discussion of the TPT documentary, "Jim Crow of the North", revealing the history and impact of racist real estate covenants in the Twin Cities Metro Area. The Conversation also includes discussion on the future and affordable housing.
Panel discussion moderated by Bill Wells featuring:
- Dan Bergin, Producer, Jim Crow of the North;
- Dr. Kirsten Delegard, Project Director, Mapping Prejudice Project;
- Kersten Elverum, Director of Planning & Economic Development City of Hopkins
Racial Disparities: [Not] In my Neighborhood?! - June 29, 2020
Join the Hopkins Race and Equity Initiative for a virtual conversation on racial dispartities in West Metro neighborhoods, featuring a panelist discussion moderated by Bill Wells.
- Al Nuness, Para Professional and Director, Invictus Leadership Group
- Bishop David E. Johnson, Senior Pastor, Grace Apostolic Church
- Kissy Coakley, City Council Member, City of Minnetonka
- Dr. Kirsten Delegard, Director/Co-Founder, Mapping Prejudice Project
- Julia Ross, Joint Community Police Partnership, Hopkins Police Department
- Astein K. Osei, Superintendent, St. Louis Park Public Schools
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The Hopkins Race and Equity Initiative recently awarded seven micro grants to fund programs designed to engage Hopkins students and community members in projects and activities that align with the initiative’s purpose and goals.
More information about the awards is available here.