Six community projects will receive grants to participate in a Diversity and Anti-Racism Initiative led by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System with funding from the Otto Bremer Foundation.
Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Staples is one of the six colleges awarded grants of $7,000 to $7,500.
The Central Minnesota Diversity Task Force has established diversity training as a high priority to build community action on addressing racism.
The innovative design is using the cultural expertise of existing faculty, students, staff and employees of participating agencies to reach more than 6,000 individuals of the collaborating institutions.
Sessions will have three to five representatives from each participating agency. Facilitators will be selected from each participating agency. Facilitators will be trained in a "train the trainer" program to deliver a standardized training format that will be available to all employees of the participating agencies.
The design will be based on the principles of the "Dialogue Training" implemented in March and April 2004.
Each of the awarded projects focuses on issues related to social justice, racism, economic justice and human rights.
This round of grants comes in the second year of a three-year initiative.
The grants recipients were chosen by a 20-person Otto Bremer Grant Committee composed of faculty, staff, administration, student and union representatives throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.
Other colleges funded: Century of White Bear Lake, Dakota County Technical in Rosemount, Riverland of Austin, Rochester, and Southwest Minnesota State (Marshall).
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