Who is the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative?

The Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC) is a loose collective of organizations and individuals committed to overcoming racism in Minnesota. We invite you to join us! We have organized annual Overcoming Racism conferences in the Twin Cities since 2009. Since 2012, we also organize a year-long film and discussion series, Refocus the Frame: Turning a Lens on Race and Racism

We are always seeking sponsorships & donations for the Overcoming Racism conference & other FREC activities.  Sponsors contribute $500 or more. Sponsorships and donations help to keep the conference fees accessible to all and provide scholarships. Cash donations of any amount are welcome. If you are interested in being a conference sponsor or making an in-kind donation, please contact us.

We need you! Join us for our monthly planning and coordination meetings, on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 9-11 am at Cherokee Park United Church 371 Baker St. in St. Paul.

FREC Members as of 11/2015--always a work in progress...
Brian Balk, Community Volunteer Donavan Begay, formerly University of Minnesota Monzong Cha, Wilder Research Michelle Erdman, University of Minnesota Student Cardina Esparza, Wilder Foundation Emily Farell, The Advocates for Human Rights Carol Fogarty, Ramsey County Sarah Gleason, Side by Side Associates Candy Hadsall, Minnesota Department of Health Sue Hammersmith, Retired President, Metropolitan State University
Gloria Honda, Community Volunteer Rev. Tim Johnson, Cherokee Park United Church Bill Keatts, Discussions That Encounter Amy Kenzie, Minnesota Department of Health Andre Koen, AM Horizons Training Group Katie Levin, University of Minnesota Writing Center Becky Montgomery, Community Volunteer William Moore, Community Volunteer Craig Morris, Metropolitan State University Okogyeamon, ASDIC Antiracism Study-Dialogue Circles Julie Plaut, Minnesota Campus Compact Leon Rodrigues, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Barb Rose, Side by Side Associates Sally Ruvelson, Community Volunteer Rowzat Shipchandler, formerly The Saint Paul Foundation Julio Vargas-Essex, Metropolitan State University Antonia Apolinário Wilcoxon, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Sherilyn Young, Community Volunteer Vang Tou Xiong, Hmong Archives and East Side Freedom Library

AGREEMENT: June 9, 2011

Mission:   To work collaboratively and democratically toward just, equitable, antiracist communities. 
• Members, who may be organizations and their representatives or unaffiliated individuals, are committed to working against racism, systemic racism, white privilege/supremacy, and colonialism.
• Meetings are open to all interested parties.  Parties may become members after attending three meetings and taking on tasks for the organization, serving on a committee, and/or providing financial or other support, in a manner consistent with the organization’s mission and norms.  Members commit themselves to the mission, norms, and guidelines included in this document.
• Members are recognized as such in organizational documents, website, etc., and have access to all organizational documents.
• The Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative is an organization without legal standing such as a corporation, non-profit, etc.
• The organization conducts its activities by the actions of its membership and through the work of standing committees, including but not limited to:

  • Communication/Outreach
  • Program
  • Day Of/Logistics
  • Finance/Fundraising/Budget
  • Accessibility
  • Executive Committee
• Each committee except the Executive Committee is led by one or more Conveners, who together comprise the Executive Committee.
• Decision-making is the responsibility of the members present at a regularly scheduled or specially-called meeting for all members.  Consensus is the preferred method for decision-making.  Authority for specific decisions, often within specified guidelines, may be delegated to committees or individuals.  In circumstances where a regular meeting cannot be held in a timely manner, the Executive Committee may make a decision for the organization.
• Cherokee Park United Church is the fiscal agent for FREC, per written agreement.  It is the only organization empowered to receive and disburse funds in behalf of the organization.  Donations to the organization are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law if they are made payable to CPUC.
• This document, FREC Agreement of June 9, 2011, may be modified by FREC at any regular meeting, following the process whereby it makes its decisions as given above.
Objectives for FREC Members
• Deepen our holistic understanding of how the racial domination system and colonialism generate racist practices and white privilege, impede our efforts for racial justice, inhibit us from talking about race, and perpetuates itself through culture, ideas and institutions.
• Improve our skills in countering racism and organizing for racial justice by seeking and sharing knowledge about best practices and sound social science theory, and sharing models, skills, tools, approaches, programs, and practices.
• Use our organizational networks to strengthen and expand the outreach, influence, and effectiveness of FREC mission and activities.
• Broadly share our knowledge and skills with other individuals and organizations.
• Support each other and others involved in antiracism work.
FREC Activities
• Conduct and engage in group study at each of the regularly-scheduled meetings.
• Share antiracism educational documents, and information about member-sponsored or endorsed workshops and conferences, with educators, other antiracism/social justice activists, and community leaders.
• Hold an annual conference reflective of FREC mission and objectives, providing opportunities for participants to gain knowledge about racism, systemic racism, white privilege/supremacy, and colonialism to learn practical skills for countering racism and facilitating difficult conversations, and to network with others engaged in antiracism efforts.
• Encourage networking and mutual support with and among other anti-racist organizations, either through member involvement in organizations or activities at the annual conference.
• Maintain a website to serve these goals.
• Issue public statements, or otherwise act, in support of other anti-racist causes or organizations as deemed appropriate.
• Members share leadership and responsibilities (facilitation of meeting, agenda setting, note-taking, participation).
• Members accept personal accountability to the group and honor mutual expectations.
• Members acknowledge and honor restrictions that may exist for individuals given their organizational requirements.
• Delegation/delegated authority is honored – responsibility with authority is given to individuals and sub-groups; thus, not all members are involved in every decision.
• Meeting participants agree to standards for behavior which are designed to engage broad participation, honor differences, and enhance learning and understanding, including:
  • Keeping an open mind for different approaches and opinions;
  • Listening with respect and without judgment;
  • Making statements honest and transparent;
  • Committing to immediately address unintended racial hierarchies/ interaction patterns that may enter into discussion;
  • Providing time for critical thinking and thoughtful decisions;
  • Using consensus as the preferred method of decision-making; and,
  • In the face of a dilemma or conflict, committing to err on the side of compassion.

Thank You to the following individuals and organizations who helped make the 2011 conference a success:
John Bell (Minnesota Private College Council)
Pastor Chris Berthlesen, Brenda Olson & Heavenly Day Café (Saint Paul First Lutheran Church)
N. Jeanne Burns (Writer and Activist)
Mike Costa (Concord Printing)
Sidney Gardner (Metropolitan State University Gender & Sexuality Student Services)
Sharon Goens (The Saint Paul Foundation)
Sarah Gleason (Side by Side Associates)
Jim Golden (Golden’s Deli & Market)
Mimi Goodwin (Community Volunteer)
Sue K. Hammersmith (Metropolitan State University President)
Mariam Hannon (YWCA of Minneapolis)
Gloria Honda (Community Volunteer)
Anne Hodson (Photographer/Videographer)
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
Pastor Tim Johnson (Cherokee Park United Church)
Mitchel Judkins (Graphic Designer)
Sunny Kase (Minnesota Private College Council)
Bill Keatts (Saint Olaf Catholic Church)
Maggie Lorenz (Metropolitan State University VOICES)
Lawrencina Mason-Oramalu (William Mitchell College of Law) Julia McBride-Bibby (Higher Education Consultant and Activist)
Metropolitan State University’s and University of Minnesota’s Disability Services Offices for coordinating the ASL Interpreters and providing accessibility consultation
Metropolitan State University LGBTQ Student Coordinating Committee
Metropolitan State University Diversity Learning Task Force
Metropolitan State University students, staff, faculty and administrators
Metropolitan State University VOICES
Becky Montgomery (Ramsey County)
Joy Sorensen Navarre (Cherokee Park United Church)
Margery Otto (ASDIC Antiracism Study-Dialogue Circles)
Art Owen, (Prairie Island Dakota Elder)
Herbert Perkins (ASDIC Antiracism Study-Dialogue Circles)
Anne Phibbs (University of Minnesota)
Raúl Ramos (Change Agent Consulting: Each one, Reach one, Teach one LLC)
Leon Rodrigues (Bethel University)
Beryl Rourke (William Mitchell College of Law)
Yolonda Rogers (Metropolitan State University TRiO Upward Bound)
Barb Rose (Side by Side Associates)
Sally Ruvelson (Community Volunteer)
Guadalupe Sánchez (Metropolitan State University Equal Opportunity and Diversity)
Lou Schoen (Discussions that Encounter)
Rowzat Shipchandler (The Saint Paul Foundation)
Jill M. Sondergaard (Events Consultant)
Melani (Lani) Suarez (Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women)
Nicki Tait (Day One Services)
Truly Webb (Metropolitan State University Equal Opportunity and Diversity)
Antonia Apolinário Wilcoxon (Minnesota Department of Human Services)
AND, to our keynote speakers, workshop presenters, conference participants, volunteers, and the diverse array of talented artists/activists
Thank You to the following organizations for partnering with FREC to widely promote the conference, and sending a number of people to the conference (list as of Nov. 1, 2011):
Metropolitan State University Student Senate and SAFAC, Minnesota Department of Human Services,
Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, Minnesota’s Private Colleges, and Ramsey County