Building An Equitable Golden Valley

The City of Golden Valley hosts quarterly discussions on the topics of race, diversity, equity, and more. Discussion panelists feature a mix of City staff, councilmembers, commissioners, community members, and special guests. Read below to learn more about upcoming discussions.

Next Forum TBA


Attending A Forum

  • Online via Webex: Use the Q&A function to send questions to panelists.
  • Online via Facebook: Submit your questions in the comments of the live stream and staff will forward them to panelists.
  • Cable Channel 16: Call into the meeting at 763-593-8060 to participate in the Q&A. For technical assistance, contact the City at 763-593-8007 or
  • Via Phone: Call 1-415-655-0001 and enter code TBD.


+ Past Forums

Oct 8, 2020—What Does It Mean To Have Access To Voting

Voting is a fundamental right and privilege of every American citizen. Over time, barriers were erected that gave some groups more of a voice than others. A moderated panel explored the historical context of the voting process and discussed current barriers to voting that people face, including COVID.

Before the event, the City published a short survey to gauge if any residents have experienced challenges that impacted their voting experience and if they have any issues or concerns that may impact their participation in the voting process. All responses were compiled and can be viewed here.

Panelists: Golden Valley Councilmember Maurice Harris, Jackie Wells of the Golden Valley League of Women Voters, Zaylore Stout of Zaylore Stout & Associates, Golden Valley Human Rights Commission Chair Kyle Scott, and David Maeda, Director of Elections, Minnesota Secretary of State Office.

Moderator: Joelle Allen, Rising TIDES Task Force Chair



July 28, 2020—A Discussion With City Leadership

This forum provided an open space for community members to share, listen, and reflect on efforts to create equitable experiences for all Golden Valley residents and visitors while also processing the events that have happened in 2020 in Minneapolis and around the country.

Panelists: Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris, City Manager Tim Cruikshank, Police Chief Jason Sturgis, Rising TIDES Chair Joelle Allen, and Human Rights Commission member Kyle Scott.

Moderator: Amber Alexander, Rising TIDES Task Force

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