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National Day of Racial Healing


  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to Wednesday, January 20, 2021

National Day of Racial Healing is a day set aside to share truth, deepen relationships and build trust to create a more just and equitable world.

The goal is for residents to participate in healing circles and engage with local leaders who are advancing racial equity. 


  • Normandale College
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University
  • Bloomington Public Schools' Office of Educational Equity
  • City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission 


Monday, January 18, 3 - 5 p.m.

Introduction to strategies for trauma awareness and resilience for cultural competence, racial healing and equity training

  • The training teaches attendees how to build culturally competent peace into their lives and communities for racial healing, equity, and justice for all. The training is free; 2 hours of CEs are available for MN social workers, teachers, and nurses for $25.
  • Register online

Tuesday, January 19 - Wednesday, Jan 20

Racial healing talking circles

Talking circles are an opportunity for those interested in engaging in constructive dialogue to come together to envision just, truthful and safe spaces for all community members.

Wednesday, January 20, 5  – 7 p.m.

Equity Symposium 

This virtual symposium highlights several local leaders' efforts to advance racial equity via short, interactive presentations.

Symposium link (Zoom)

Symposium Agenda

  • Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
  • Welcome and Remarks by Mayor Tim Busse and Dr. Joyce Ester, President of Normandale Community College
  • Presentations
    • Session A Presenters
      • Tahm Loyd and Amal Mohamed, Bloomington Antiracism Coalition (B.A.R.C.)
      • John Parker – Der Boghossian, Equity and Inclusion Officer Normandale College
      • Alane Lucht, DC, Professor Northwestern Health Sciences University
    • Session B Presenters
      • Jonathon McClellan, Hennepin County Race Equity Advisory Council
      • Dr. Jenna Mitchler, Assistant Superintendent Bloomington Public Schools
      • Sue McKinley, Bloomington Volunteers Connection
      • Denisha Richardson, The Beacon Axiome Group, LLC
  • Closing Remarks
  • Networking

More information on National Day of Racial Healing.