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Minority Inclusion Project (MIP) works within a peer-learning network of nonprofit, private, and public partners to close the nonprofit racial leadership gap by creating pathways to leadership for people of color.  We provide board training & leadership development, diversity programs, transformative consulting services, and community conversations that help create a more informed, equitable, and inclusive social sector where all people – with regards to race, age, culture, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, class, or disability are invited to the leadership table, respected, and treated fairly.  Our growing network includes more than 50 organizations and 700 individuals across sectors including faith-based and arts organizations, private and community foundations, nonprofit agencies, community coalitions, private sector businesses, colleges, and more.

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Coffee Connections: A Discussion About The Effects of Systemic Racism in Nonprofits

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
1:00 pm4:00 pm
Hands on Hartford - 55 Bartholomew Avenue, Hartford CT 06106
Coffee Connections: A Discussion About The Effects of Systemic Racism in Nonprofits

On April 12, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson made national news when they were racially profiled and arrested FOR SITTING at a Starbucks in Philadelphia, PA. The arrest led to outcries for action followed by a swift response from the City of Philadelphia and the CEO of Starbucks. In the aftermath, Starbucks announced that more than 8,000 Starbucks stores in the U.S. would close on the afternoon of May 29 so nearly 175,000 employees can get training in unconscious bias.

When Starbucks closes on the afternoon of May 29, Minority Inclusion Project will host a COFFEE CONNECTIONS to discuss the impact of systemic racism in the nonprofit sector. Coffee Connections is a community forum that creates a trusting space for networking and critical conversations about equity, race, diversity, and inclusion in the nonprofit sector. The series started in 2016 and has welcomed more than 200 people to meeting spaces for these important conversations. Our attendees include organizational decision makers, change agents, potential change agents, and community allies. Coffee Connections exists to:

- Confirm the racism people have identified in the organization and community
- Provide tools to frame their examination and analysis
- Connects change agents with one another
- Widens the space in organizations and communities for their voices to be heard

Join us at Coffee Connections for a panel discussion featuring nonprofit and business leaders from across the state followed by a conversation with Enola Aird, Executive Director of the Community Healing Network.

Advanced Registration for this event is REQUIRED. The suggested donation for this program is $10 to cover the rental of the space and the coffee & snacks.