In the spotlight with Hmong Youth Leadership Group counselor Jennifer Thao

I had the great pleasure to sit down with recent University of Minnesota CEHD graduate and new CHAT Youth Leadership Group Counselor, Jennifer Thao at the charming picturesque Nina’s Coffee Cafe, located in Cathedral Hill of St Paul. As a Board member and arts lover, I must say I am proud that CHAT has a bright and talented young leader guiding the Youth Leadership Group (YLG).

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In the spotlight with Tou Yia Xiong, 'Tree Top Adventure' creator

Tou Yia Xiong is an illustrator and designer who recently designed a toy which was featured on ABCs daytime talk show The View during their Best of 2014 New York Toy Fair segment. Tou Yia’s toy design, called Tree Top Adventures, is an elevated four quadrant wooden activity center that includes 6 bead tracks and 6 gliding tracks.

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Huge gap in pollution exposure by race surprises University of Minnesota researchers

By now you probably know that people of color nationwide have, among other things, higher rates of unemployment, poverty and educational disparity compared to white people.

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"Kill the lazy vermin": Genocide and the Dakota people of Minnesota

Jane Gray Swisshelm was a progressive woman in her day. She edited a newspaper in St. Cloud in the 1850s and '60s and fought for women's rights and against slavery. But according to a story on Minnesota Public Radio on September 26, 2002, she also called for the extermination of all Dakota Indians following the Dakota-U.S. War of 1862.

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Redlining is hurting the Twin Cities

When asked to explain structural racism, there are few historical examples that more effectively illustrate the concept than redlining.

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We don't always know when we're biased

Most of the bias in our society operates without people being aware of their own bias.

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Is 'redlining' alive in the Twin Cities? New report finds racial, neighborhood-based disparities in mortgage lending

An analysis of loan data conducted at the University of Minnesota Law School has found that minorities are more likely than whites to be turned down for a mortgage or refinancing in the Twin Cities.

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NEWSDAY | Rats, bats and worse: Native American school left behind in Minnesota

Fungus, rodents, bats, exposed wiring and other hazards in a converted, metal-clad pole barn: that's the high school for Native American students in Minnesota' Leech Lake Indian Reservation, accord

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State auditor clarifies intent: Make 'minority councils' better, more effective

In last week’s issue of the MSR, we detailed the points made by the Minnesota’s Office of the Legislative Auditor’s (OLA) in their annual audit of the four “minority councils” in Minnesota (See MSR April 3-9, “Audit questions need for Council on Black Minnesotans”). The report released last month, which was critical of the councils’ effectiveness, also included criticism of the governor’s office and the legislature which the councils report to.

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