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.

June 9, 2021—Closing the Disability Inclusion Gap in the Community

The City’s next Building An Equitable Golden Valley forum, Closing the Disability Inclusion Gap in the Community, will be held Wed, June 9, 6–7:15 pm via Cisco Webex.

The objectives of this forum are to:

  • provide an understanding of barriers to employment faced by people with dis/abilities
  • dispel myths regarding workplace safety, productivity, and cost of employing people with dis/abilities
  • share examples and strategies of inclusion and accommodations to help your organization become more inclusive

Join The Event


Television: Watch live on Cable Channel 16.

Phone: Listen to the session by calling +1-415-655-0001 and entering the meeting code 133 131 6379.


+ Past Forums

March 30, 2021—Lasting Impacts of Discriminatory Housing Practices

Learn aabout the development of the Minneapolis area, the active effort to ensure it was an all-white community, and how the effects of these actions can still be seen today.

Panelists: Jamar Hardy, Edina Realty; Jared Shepherd, attorney; Emily Goellner, City of Wayzata; and Deirdre Wells, Frazier Group.

Moderator: Destiny Nathan, Golden Valley Human Rights Commission


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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