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Sponsor: University of Minnesota


We immensely appreciated our esteemed presenters including: Dr. Angela Spranger, Dean Dr. Jamie Prenkert, panelists Angel Uddin, Geida Cleveland, and Dr. Cori Bazemore-James & Professor John Budd  and Todd Williams who led us in further discussion on a new and required class in the Carlson School: Race, Power, & Justice. 

A few of the many key takeaways heard were…(see attached notes for additional information – this information is also found on our website: TCDEIR) 
•    Dr. Jamie Prekert: listening is not enough. It takes action. Exactly what brings us, all of us in this room and on the call as allies and supporters of this work. 
•    Dr. Angela Spranger, that Anti-DEI Legislation is happening. Although we are lucky in MN and not safe. Angela called on us to help our companies recognize the imperative of equity and excellence!! 
•    Panelists: Angel Uddin, Geida Cleveland, Dr. Cori Bazemore-James
o    SCOTUS continue recruiting and provide equitable education. The legal decision was on admissions.
o    DEI isn’t just about race and gender. It’s about intersectionality’s and that impact everyone. 
o    We have an opportunity to have conversations and build relationships with more people. If I alienate people, our voice won’t be heard.
o    SCOTUS continue recruiting and provide equitable education. The legal decision was on admissions.
o    DEI isn’t just about race and gender. Need to go back in pipeline in junior high. 
•    Dr. John Budd and Todd Williams shared details on the UMN course: Race, Power, Justice


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Sponsors: Bremer Bank & Securian Financial

Exhibit: RACE - Are We So Different?
Science Museum


We had the opportunity to examine our shared history and current reality. To understand the past, acknowledge harm, and joining the conversation are the first steps toward a fairer future.  See more details here  After the Exhibit we gathered for happy hour at Herbies on the Park.  

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Sponsor: Bremer Bank

Our members learned from attorneys about what demographic data can be shared, and hot topics related to affirmative action via member interaction & sharing best practices in small groups.

Bremer Welcome from Colette Campbell, Chief Talent Acquisition and Diversity Officer & TCDEIR Welcome from Dr. Tonya Jackman Hampton

Fireside chat, TCDEIR E-team -Shamayne Moderator discuss with Penny Phillips & Ryan Olson, Attorneys specializing in Employment Law & Affirmative Action, from the law firm of Felhaber Larson.   


Small groups to connected & discussed best practices related to data sharing. Facilitated by TCDEIR E-Team member – Patricia Izek 


We also hosted an optional listening session post session regarding 2023 TCDEIR Programming.

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Organizations and workplaces are encountering more and more team members who identify as transgender or nonbinary. Join national trainers and speakers Nick Alm and Ellie Krug as they break down the basics of gender identity, discuss challenges that trans and nonbinary people face in the workplace, and how employers can design supportive and welcoming workspaces. 

Sponsor: Sonos

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Some organizations are seeing the COVID-19 pandemic as a moment to amplify and expand their DEI efforts whereas other companies are struggling to find ways not lose ground. This Roundtable discussion will allowed us an opportunity to explore how each of us is charting a pathway forward in response to COVID-19.
Event Host: Land O’Lakes

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Through consistent TCDIR member feedback, for this meeting we came together to listen, learn, and laugh as we shared DEI best practices. It was a great time to build community, connect, and come away with takeaways to apply right away. 

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As a masterful storyteller and facilitator, Dr. Jermaine Davis shared principles and practices on how to facilitate healthy conversations up, down, and across your organization.

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Sponsors: Minnesota Humanities Center, Land O'Lakes, nVent, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts & North Memorial


For our 30th anniversary, TCDEIR was honored to have in-person film clips and a conversation with filmmaker Emily Branham!  Emily's film, BEING BEBE: THE BEBE ZAHARA BENET DOCUMENTARY (which she largely filmed in the Twin Cities!), is an award-winning documentary about a young man who immigrates to the US from Cameroon – a country where Queerness is criminalized – and eventually becomes the very first winner of now-iconic reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race.  TCDEIR members had the opportunity to screen the film virtually to make for a meaningful discussion.



At a moment of heightened anti-trans and anti-drag rhetoric in the U.S. and globally, BEING BEBE offers positive representation at the intersection of LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and immigrant lives – paralleling BeBe Zahara Benet’s fight to maintain the trajectory of his career alongside a deep connection with his traditional African roots and family. BeBe’s humor and persistence with relentlessly creating his own opportunities is inspiring, while also challenging stereotypes and prejudices related to diverse gender expression.

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Sponsor: Sonos

Keith Baker the Executive Director of Reconnect Rondo was our featured speaker.  Did you know that 80% of Saint Paul’s African American population once lived in the Rondo neighborhood? They enjoyed friendship, culture and pride in this mixed-income community with a flourishing middle class. Rondo was a bustling place where businesses prospered. A lively neighborhood where residents danced their steps, played their games and swayed to a rhythm all their own. People worshiped together. They fell in love. They raised families. They believed in the promise of a better tomorrow for their children. But that promise was severely threatened.

Rondo was devastated when I-94 ripped through the community. This vibrant neighborhood was shattered with the 1956-1968 construction of Interstate 94. 700 family homes were demolished. 300 businesses were closed or torn down. And to make matters even worse, inadequate compensation went to the families for their significant losses. The effects of the fateful decisions made decades ago, are still being felt today.

As we honor Black History Month we need to learn about our own History in the Twin Cities.  And the vision Reconnect Rondo has to become an admired national model for equitable development success, known for leading a restorative movement in Minnesota. We learned about the MISSION  to lead the effort to revitalize the Rondo community with a land bridge that reconnects Rondo and reignites a vibrant African American cultural enterprise district in Saint Paul.  Reconnect Rondo’s PLAN is to connect Minnesota leaders, equity organizations and the Rondo community to ensure a better, brighter and more equitable future.


This day-long conference offered a variety of topics and activities for our TCDEIR members.  Our keynote speaker was Chris Heeter from the Wild Institute on the topic of “Finding Your Way Back”.  Philomena Morrissey (from our host Land O’Lakes) talked about their initiatives in the DEI space.  Kristi Hemmer led a meditation moment in the form of “Box Breathing”.  Emily Drury moderated a panel on Learning & Development Best Practices with panelists from General Mills and Securian Financial.  Patricia Izek moderated a session with panelists receiving Twin City Business Magazine’s 2022 Notable DEI Leaders.  We had a World Café activity on a variety of DEI topics.  And Ellie Roscher ended the session as a speaker on her book “12 Tiny Things”.  Our group also did a backpack building session for the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center and throughout the day we had a vendor fair with nonprofits and businesses serving the BIPOC community.  Sponsors: Land O’Lakes, Great River Energy, Bremer Bank, McGough Construction, Sleep Number and Stanton Adams Diversity Institute (SADI).


We heard from GREATER MSP and The Coven as they highlighted a new resource based on insights from people of color throughout the MSP region. The BE MSP Community Pulse is a two-part study designed to illuminate the gaps, successes and hopes of local organizations and employees of color regarding DEI efforts within their workplaces. We’re excited to share this resource for all organizations looking for insights on improving accountability in their racial equity and DEI commitments.  BE MSP Community Pulse.  We were also joined by Penny Phillips of the law firm Felhaber Larson who helped us make sense of the lessons learned during COVID.

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Our hope is to have some fun, make new connections and take some time for self-care!  Event Sponsors: Surly, Land O'Lakes & Sue Plaster Consulting, LLC


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A  special TCDIR member session to come together to support each other, share tools, resources, and best practices relating to the verdict from the Trial of former Officer Chauvin and the aftermath of the killing of Daunte Wright. 


Sponsor: Reviving Roots Therapy and Wellness


Revival Roots Therapy and Wellness is a new business in the Twin Cities that is focusing on ensuring individuals in the Black community prioritize their mental health by offering an array of healing practices and culturally relevant approaches to contemporary challenges. TCDEIR partnered with this organization to bring awareness to the members about its services as a significant contributor in the DEI and Health Equity space. We see the organization as a key team that can assist you with your DEI and Health Equity strategy and impact health and well-being of the Black employees in your organization. 

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Sponsor: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

This was a significant meeting as this was the 1st time in our TCDEIR history that we dedicated time for us to learn more about Native American History from past to present.  We also learned more about effective ways to recruit and retain Native American talent.  
Ron Feldman (First VP) and Patience Ferguson (SVP) provided an overview of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis & DEI Areas of Focus.
Alene Tchourumoff (SVP, Community Development and Engagement) was the moderator for a discussion that included these impressive panelists:

  • Karen Diver President Native American Affairs at UMN

  • Jessie Seim General Counsel Prairie Island Indian Community

  • Dr. Joe Hobat, CEO and President of American Indian OIC

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Scholar Angela Tate, curator of Women's History at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, provided an in-depth background on the history and significance of Juneteenth, how celebrations differ across the Black diaspora, the holiday's recent reemergence and federal holiday designation, and how Juneteenth fits into the long civil rights movement.  This was a hybrid event with virtual and in-person attendees.  We had a happy hour onsite for those attending in-person.

Sponsor: Minnesota Humanities Center

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TCDIR is brought Broadway straight into your living room with stars from Wicked and Dear Evan Hansen! Broadway artists from New York City shared in an intimate conversation about wellness and the importance of mental health as they performed some of our favorite songs. 


SPONSORS  Minnestoa Humanities Center, Bremer, Greater MSP, Land O Lakes, and Black Girl Wanders.

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By now, most DE&I professionals and HR managers are aware of the growing controversy and criticisms of DE&I trainings involving skin color and structural racism. Critics have attacked and sought to suppress this work under the label of "Critical Race Theory." We welcomed facilitators Ellie Krug Founder and president, Human Inspiration Works, LLC. and Dr. Keith Keith A. Mayes, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Horace T. Morse-Alumni Ellie Krug, for a special TCDIR session on the current state of DE&I suppression/Critical Race Theory and engage as we discuss positive strategies for countering that suppression. This is an incredibly important discussion for the time we're all living in!  


A big thank you to our sponsors: Hennepin Healthcare with special welcome from Jennifer DeCubellis Hennepin HealthCare’s CEO, Dr. Nneka Sederstrone, Chief Health Equity Officer, and Dr. Tonya Jackman Hampton, Chief People Culture Officer and TCDIR E-Team Co-Lead.

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The Derek Chauvin Trial, police shooting involving Daunte Wright, and continued hate crimes again Asian Americans has brought forth a resounding call for social and racial justice. This meeting was hosted by the Minnesota State System Office of Equity and Inclusion. We heard from Dr. Clyde W. Pickett, Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion at University of Pittsburgh, Andriel Dees, Interim System Diversity Officer, Minnesota State and Dr. Devinder Malhotra, Chancellor, Minnesota State about how higher education has been meeting the call for racial equity and social justice and their recommendation of strategies for accelerating a DEI agenda. We also had a conversation with the Executive Director of the Coalition of Asian American leaders, Bo Thaube: Coalition of Asian American Leaders - CAAL Minnesota (

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