Making a difference
Recognizing a problem
- In 2011, the Economic Policy Institute reported that Minneapolis was home to the nation's worst employment disparity between whites and people of color.
- In 2012, the Minneapolis City Council passed Resolution 2012R-456: Supporting Employment Equity in the Minneapolis Region
- The resolution:
- Named institutional racism as a critical factor in employment disparities.
- Announced our intent to lead by example to increase racial equity in employment in Minneapolis and throughout region.
In 2012, we created the Urban Scholars program to address employment disparity in our City by:
- Serving racially diverse students
- Connecting public and nonprofit organizations with young talent
- Giving them the tools to build an equitable and inclusive workforce
Since 2012, our program has grown from:
- Serving eight students in its first year to more than 100 each summer
- A local internship program to a regional partnership