Department of Civil Rights
Velma J. Korbel, Director
350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday
Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress. In June of 1978, Rep. Horton introduced a joint house Resolution which proposed that the President should “proclaim a week, which is to include the seventh and tenth of the month, during the first ten days in May of 1979 as ‘Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.’" This joint resolution was passed by the House and then the Senate and was signed by President Jimmy Carter on October 5, 1978 to become law.
Over the next decade, presidents passed annual proclamations for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week until 1990 when Congress expanded the observance to a month for 1990. In 1992 Congress designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. A majority of the workers who laid the tracks for the transcontinental railroad were Chinese immigrants.
The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights looks forward to celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month with our community partners. Information regarding local events/celebrations and links to resources related to Asian-Pacific Heritage are found here.
One Minneapolis: A Call To Action! Report 12/02/2011
One Minneapolis: A Call to Action! Report
Supporting Equity in Employment in Minneapolis and the Region 08/08/2012
Minneapolis Request for Council Action and Resolution 2012R-456
Urban Scholars Report 12/20/2012
Urban Scholars Program Evaluation 2012
Results Minneapolis - Eliminating Racial Employment Disparities 03/19/2013
The Department of Civil Rights and Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) collaborate each year to inform City leaders of the progress of Eliminating Racial Employment Disparities in Minneapolis and the region. Results Minneapolis is a management tool the City uses to systematically track performance towards achieving the City's goals and vision.
Eliminating Racial Employment Disparities (March 2013)
Equity In Sight Conference 04/09/2013
Equity In Sight Conference:
An Update on Efforts to Close the Twin Cities' Racial Employment Gap
Thank you to all who were involved in the Equity In Sight Conference. There was a great deal of energy in the room and we hope that the energy continues. To help you decide where to focus your energy; here are several links to the conference materials:
Equity in Sight Conference Agenda
Equity in Sight Conference Pecha Kucha Presentations
Equity in Sight Conference Attendee List
Equity in Sight Conference Presenters & Partners Biographies
Minnesota Compass Presentation
Twin Cities Diversity Roundtable 04/18/2013 - Seattle Office for Civil Rights Visit
City of Seattle Race and Social Justice PowerPoint Presentation
Last updated Apr 10, 2014