A Message from the MPA Program Director, Dr. Lori Dickes

June 23, 2020

The events of the past weeks are manifestations of generations of systemic racism and structural inequities.  As the Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey said these feelings of anger and sadness are “not only understandable, it’s right — it’s a reflection of the truth that our black community has lived.”  This may have left some of us wondering what is our part, how do we help inform and change structural and systemic racism in all its forms?

Our program is focused on educating and supporting the development of professionals who value good governance, transparent institutions, diversity and inclusion in all forms, and social and economic justice such that we enhance the strength and sustainability of all of our communities and the individuals in them. We have much work to do but as MPA Program Director, please know we are committed to all of our students and we are with our black and brown students now and always.

While we cannot walk in your shoes, we will walk with you, we will listen and we will work alongside you and others for real change in all of our communities. As a part of this, over the next few weeks, we will be considering some ideas for special topics courses, lunch and learns and other opportunities to learn together about these important issues and public administration. We will be soliciting your feedback and ideas and we welcome them all.  

I send peace to all! Lori


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