Blueprint for Equity
As an on-going engagement strategy to establish shared understanding, this page will change and reflect the learning captured within our journey.
The Blueprint for Equity is an engagement strategy that connects the broader community to how we define and implement equity based solutions within our neighborhoods, communities and City. With access to financial, political and social resources, the 70 neighborhood organizations in Minneapolis can be significant partners in addressing racial disparities in our community. The Blueprint is intended to build awareness about the existing inequities and mobilize neighborhood organizations to develop strategies and tools for a collective impact in addressing racial disparities in our community.
The Blueprint for Equity is a joint effort between the NCR, the City’s Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission and Minneapolis neighborhood organizations. The success of this effort will require involvement of the entire community engagement system within the Minneapolis. The engagement system is comprised of neighborhood organizations, community organizations and City departments working to ensure that all residents, more specifically under-represented communities, are a part of and have access to all levels of the decision-making process.
The assumptions that drive our work and inform our activity.
Get Involved in the Conversation
Here are some ways for you to engage in the conversation about equity, inclusion and access:
Neighborhood and Community Listening Sessions
NCR and the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission are building on previous work to address access, equity and inclusion. Being an active listener and understanding the present landscape of activity, values, and perspectives of community stakeholders is paramount to shaping shared language and understanding. Therefore, we are asking the following questions to start the community listening sessions with neighborhood and community organizations but the conversation outcomes will be driven by the participants.
- What do you see as 3 to 5 key opportunities existing in your neighborhood that could lead to greater inclusion?
- What do you think people are concerned about, but do not tend to talk about out loud?
- Who are the key organizational players that are making or can make a difference?
- What is the role of neighborhood organizations in achieving inclusion and equity? What matters
- when it comes to making our neighborhoods operate more inclusively?
- What would be some ideal “early” activities to ensure that there is strong inclusion built in to the Neighborhood Participation Plan?
- What type of capacity do neighborhoods need to be successful in expanding inclusion? How would we know and track this for the short and long-term?
It is our goal to meet with at least 57 neighborhood organizations (80% of neighborhood organizations) and 30 community-based organization and affinity groups to ensure that all under-represented communities are afforded the opportunity to have their voice be heard.
These sessions will be delivered through a facilitated structure by NCR staff and NCEC Commissioners. When your organization is ready to host a facilitated dialog contact an Access and Outreach Specialist within NCR, your assigned specialist can be found on the NCR website. Please call or email your assigned Access and Outreach Specialist to set a time and place to host your community listening session.
What we are Hearing
Thoughts and comments we are hearing in our community listening sessions:
- 9/23/2013: Nokomis East Neighborhood Association Listening Session (pdf).
Other Conversation Resources
NCR has engaged the YWCA to create access for community and neighborhood organizations to sponsor community dialogs on The New Conversations® Uncovering Five Myths that Support Racism dialogue tool is designed for individuals and groups who have begun their journey into exploring racism and want to learn more about the various facets of the problem. For more information about the conversations or to host a session you can visit the Facing Race website.
Last updated Dec. 19, 2013