What does a racially just higher education system look like?

Race equity is a path from hope to justice— where People of Color and Indigenous people (POCI) use their personal agency to build systems of healing and liberation that uplift and value the human dignity of all people.

Race equity in higher education means the humanity of POCI students is honored and celebrated in all education spaces, and the racial predictability and disproportionality of student achievement is eliminated.

Together, we can and must work to build a more racially just education system in Minnesota, so we can build a Minnesota where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

We hope you’ll join us and commit to building a better Minnesota for all.

Advancing racial equity in Minnesota takes all of us

Minnesota’s higher ed institutions weren’t designed to serve students of color and American Indian students. Systemic barriers to college access and completion for POCI students still exist today, resulting in some of the deepest racial disparities in the nation.

That’s why we’re collaborating across colleges and higher-ed institutions to build an equitable higher ed system that honors the unique needs and goals of Minnesota’s POCI students.

Whether you’re a policy maker, faculty member, student, staff, or community member, you have an essential role in advocating for and building a truly just higher-ed system in Minnesota.

Committing to action through the Minnesota Equity in Higher Education Compact

Minnesotans like you are making a commitment to transform our higher-ed institutions to be racially just, culturally responsive, and accessible for students of color and American Indian students so we can build a Minnesota that works for everyone.

Leading meaningful change, together

The College Race Equity Advocacy Advisory Council is a state-wide, multi-racial group of researchers, policy makers, and higher-ed leaders and faculty collaborating to direct, lead, and build new polices and best practices to advance race equity in Minnesota’s higher education systems.

What Minnesota can do right now

The Minnesota Legislature has a target goal for 2025 that 70 percent of Minnesota adults ages 25 to 44 will have a postsecondary certificate or degree.

To get there, we need to take bold action now to undo systemic inequities in Minnesota’s higher ed systems and design models to increase college access and completion for Minnesota’s growing number of POCI students.

Financial aid reform

Minnesota’s financial-aid policies are outdated, and fail to address the unique needs of Minnesota students of color and American Indian students. By using a race equity lens to shift higher education financial aid policies, we can produce greater racial equity in college completion and degree attainment that will lead to greater prosperity for POCI students and Minnesota.

Anti-racist & culturally responsive practices

Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and dismantling racist attitudes, systems, structures, policies, & practices to advance a more racially just future where the humanity of everyone is valued and uplifted. Minnesota’s colleges must do the work to build anti-racist policies and practices in every area—from leadership positions to public narratives.

Holistic student supports

Holistic student supports meet students where they are—they uplift and leverage their unique talents, strengths, experiences, and abilities—and provide them with the best pathways to achieve their personal and financial goals. In Minnesota, that means redesigning the student experience at all levels to support low-income working students, first-generation students, and students of color.

Developmental education reform

Developmental education is incredibly costly to students, and costly to their success in college completion. Minnesota must reassess its developmental ed requirements by revising policies and testing for determining developmental ed placement, and reinvesting in evidence-informed models that increase college access, retention, and degree attainment for POCI students.

News & Updates

Minnesota must address the racial inequities of student debt

Ensuring critical student consumer protections while working to demystify student debt is essential if Minnesota wants to ensure racial equity in college access and reduce the disproportionate debt POCI students face.

Minnesota removes limitation for developmental ed students

Thanks to the research and insights of MnEEP’s CREAAC Chairs and Members and so many higher-ed partners, the Minnesota State Legislature voted to ensure the State Grant will cover costs of developmental education courses without counting towards a student’s grant term limits.

Minnesota’s College Race Equity Advocacy Advisory Council (CREAAC)

Through cross-cultural partnerships, we can build racial justice in Minnesota’s colleges and universities.

“Everyone has an asset they bring to the table.”

MnEEP’s College Race Equity Advocacy Advisory Council members talk about what it means when we work together to build racial justice for all students in Minnesota.

Join us in building a more racially just Minnesota for everyone.

MnEEP Executive Director Carlos Mariani Rosa shares how you can be involved in meaningful ways.