News: Hennepin County accepting applications for new Race Equity Advisory Council

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Hennepin County Minnesota


Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

Hennepin County accepting applications for new Race Equity Advisory Council

Applications are now being accepted for Hennepin County’s new Race Equity Advisory Council. The 16-member council will advise both the county board and county administration on their vision and strategy, which focuses on confronting and overcoming barriers that impact many residents, especially those of color. By partnering with residents who are experiencing disparities, as well as with community partners who are assisting individuals and families impacted by disparities, the ability to reduce racial disparities and advance racial equity throughout Hennepin County will be more successful.


The duties/responsibilities for members include:

  • Learn: Understand Hennepin County's vision and strategy to reduce disparities.
  • Evaluate: Review and evaluate disparity reduction priorities and strategies.
  • Participate: Attend monthly Race Equity Advisory Council meetings.
  • Plan: Develop statements outlining unmet needs of residents focused on reducing racial disparities, and advise on the community engagement plan for disparity reduction and racial equity.
  • Report: Offer recommendations regarding strategies and ideas targeting reducing racial disparities for the residents annually to the county board.


Who should apply

Preference will be given to Hennepin County residents. Individuals with lived experience of racial disparities in the area of education, employment, health, housing, income, justice and transportation are encouraged to apply.

Members should have:

  • Connection with local historically marginalized communities;
  • Experience/expertise in specific domains including education, employment, health, housing, income, justice and/or transportation;
  • A commitment to racial equity, social and environmental justice, and diversity and inclusion;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse perspectives and experiences; and;
  • The ability to represent the geographic and demographic diversity of Hennepin County.

Application process

Apply at by February 19, 2020.

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