Facing Race

Changing the Narrative

Nominations Open

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their commitment to racial equity and anti-racism efforts in Minnesota? Now is your chance to nominate that person for the Facing Race Awards.

The Facing Race Awards are part of the Foundations' commitment to equity and offer the chance to recognize community members who are courageously transforming our region and state.

Two individuals will be selected and recognized on September 19 at our public award ceremony. Each award recipient will receive a $15,000 award to benefit the nonprofit of their choice.

Nominations will be open until June 7 at 3 p.m. Please note that nominations submitted via mail or email will not be accepted.

Nomination Criteria

Each adult or youth nominee must:

  • Actively engage in creating a racially equitable community.
  • Demonstrate commitment to directly addressing issues of racism and/or tackling racial inequity in the East Metro or across Minnesota. Nominees might be working to reduce racism by changing attitudes, behaviors and practices, or by increasing access to resources at an individual, community, neighborhood, institutional, policy or systemic level.
  • Individuals must work with or through an organization(s).
  • If your nominee is a youth under the age of 18, you must receive consent from the nominee's guardian.
  • Not be self-nominated.
  • Not be a former Facing Race Award recipient.
  • Not be staff or board member of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations.

Selection Criteria

Nominees will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  • The degree to which the nominee's work helps to eliminate racism and its effects, and promotes racial equity in Minnesota.
  • The nominee's accomplishments in the past five years, including 2019.
  • The degree to which the nominee's accomplishments benefit the communities in either the East Metro area (Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties) or statewide.

Save the Date for the 2019 Facing Race Awards

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel

Past awards events

Bo Thao-Urabe and Otis Zanders with 2018 Facing Race awards

2018 Facing Race awards

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations announced Bo Thao-Urabe and Otis Zanders as recipients of the 2018 Facing Race Awards. The awardees were recognized at a public ceremony on October 1 at the University of St. Thomas.

Meet the 2018 recipients
2017 Facing Race awards recipients photo

2017 Facing Race awards

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations announced Hamse Warfa and the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood as recipients of the 2017 Facing Race Awards. The awardees were recognized at a public ceremony on September 18 at The Ordway Center for Performing Arts.

Meet the 2017 recipients
Portrait of 2016 Facing Race Ambassador Award recipients

2016 Facing Race Awards

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations hosted a celebration honoring anti-racism activists in Minnesota. We honored six individuals working to build communities where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

Meet the 2016 recipients
the 2015 ambassador award holders hold their awards

2015 Facing Race Awards

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations hosted a celebration honoring anti-racism activists in Minnesota. We honored six individuals working to build communities where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

Meet the 2015 recipients
the 2014 ambassador award holders hold their awards

2014 Facing Race Awards

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations hosted a celebration honoring anti-racism activists in Minnesota. We honored six individuals working to build communities where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

Meet the 2014 recipients
the 2013 ambassador award holders hold their awards

2013 Facing Race Awards

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations hosted a celebration honoring anti-racism activists in Minnesota. We honored six individuals working to build communities where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

Meet the 2013 recipients

 

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