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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
Town Hall - Voter Suppression and Ballot Security
Wednesday, October 19
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Eisenhower Community Center Auditorium
- Cheryl Youakim, DFL State Representative Hopkins & St. Louis Park (46B)
- Emma Greenman, DFL State Representative Minneapolis & Richfield (63B)
- David Maeda, Director of Elections, Office of Minnesota Secretary of State
Moderated by Rick Rexroth, Hopkins High School History/Social Studies Teacher
Previous Event Recordings
Our videos can be found on our Facebook Page or Youtube Channel.
Race & Education: Dynamics and Social Impact (PDF)
May 24, 2021
Keynote Speaker Sondra Samuels presents on the impact of racial disparities on education, followed by a question and answer session moderated by Diversity and Inclusion consultant Bill Wells.
A Community Conversation on Race and Housing
The discussion covered topics including:
- The POWER of the renter
- Building a racially inclusive community
- Working toward housing stability
- The impacts of housing disparities on our community
- Curt Boganey - Former Brooklyn Center City Manager
- Nelima Sitati Munene - Executive Director, African Career Education and Resource Inc (ACER)
- Derwin George, Realtor, Edina Realty
HREI Town Hall Forum: Community Policing Today
February 18, 2021
A virtual conversation on policing in our local communities, featuring a panelist discussion moderated by Diversity and Inclusion Consultant Bill Wells. Panelists included:
- Brent Johnson, Hopkins Police Chief
- Mike Harcey, St. Louis Park Police Chief
- Scott Boerboom, Minnetonka Police Chief
HREI Presents Jim Crow of the North
September 9, 2020
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 included 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. Panelists include:
- 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
Give the Gift of a Better Community
To donate, please fill out the Hopkins Race & Equity Initiative Donation Form.
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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.