The Research And The Words of Dr. Algernon Austin Still “Ring True”, As Some Progress Has Been Made in MSP.

Almost seven years ago in 2010, when the Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) came together under the auspices of the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners, Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board, the City of Saint Paul, and the City of Minneapolis, the Saint Paul/Minneapolis Metro Area was identified as having the highest racial employment disparity in the nation.


In 2012, the BRC Report led to the formation of Everybody In, a regional collaboration tasked with eliminating racial employment disparities in the seven-county metro area by 2020.  Conversely, the state’s GDP would have been $16 billion higher, if there had been no racial gaps in income to address.  To help close this gap, early on Everybody In adopted a collective impact model to expedite the synergies of the regional economy throughout the seven-county metro area, by connecting organizations and opportunities in areas closely related to: (1) Policy, Outreach and Collaboration; (2) Education and Work Preparedness; and (3) Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Businesses.


It was the profound research and words of Dr. Algernon Austin, who authored “Uneven Pain Unemployment by metropolitan area and race”, in his former position as the director of the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race Ethnicity and the Economy (PREE) that influenced the formation of the BRC and subsequently, Everybody In.


In partnership with Commissioner Kevin Lindsey and the MN Department of Human Rights (MDHR), Everybody In is inviting YOU to an “Intimate Conversation with Dr. Algernon Austin” on Wednesday, December 13th at 2pm after Dr. Austin’s Keynote at the 2017 Human Rights Symposium. If you will like to attend and have the opportunity to hear Dr. Austin’s profound words and wisdom again, please RSVP to


**If you are interested in attending a part of or the entire MDHR 2017 Human Rights Symposium on December 12th-13th, see more details below.


Greetings All,

Thank you for dedication to working on Human Rights issues. As you may know, MDHR is hosting Dr. Algernon Austin as a 2017 Human Rights Symposium Keynote Speaker on Dec. 13. You are cordially invited to join us at the Saint Paul RiverCentre to meet with Dr. Algernon Austin in an After the Keynote discussion at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Additionally, you are welcome to join us for keynote presentation and lunch, which costs, $30. Lunch begins at Noon and is followed by Dr. Austin’s keynote presentation from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The After the Keynote meeting with Dr. Austin will be in Room 1 at 2 p.m. This session will be moderated by MDHR Commissioner Kevin Lindsey.


Date: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Keynote Presentation: Lunch begins at Noon with the Keynote Presentation at 12:30 p.m.

After the Keynote Presentation:  2 p.m. in Room 1

Location: Saint Paul RiverCentre


Also, you can register for a full day of programming at the 2017 Human Rights Symposium, which includes a whole day of programming with a variety of speakers sharing their expertise on Emerging Issues, Public Policy & Civic Engagement, Employment, Economic Development & Housing, Criminal Justice, and Disability.


Register for 2017 Human Rights Symposium

Register for Dr. Algernon Austin’s Keynote ONLY


Thank you for your time. If you have any question, please contact Jonathan Wong or Emily Zimmer.


Everybody In Press Release 12/9/17 (PDF)

For more information, contact Walter Smith.