Sowers of Justice Assembly 2018

Sowers of Justice Assembly 2018

Zip Codes: Destination or Destiny? Exploring race and where we live.
Explore issues related to racial housing discrimination and its impact on housing stability in the Twin Cities. Welcoming remarks from University of St. Thomas president Julie Sullivan, keynote from Kirsten Delegard, author of Mapping Prejudice and director of the Historyapolis project, and a panel of community experts including Adam Belz, Minneapolis City Hall reporter at the Star Tribune, Shannon Jones, executive director of Hope Community and Tim Marx, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The Governor’s Task Force on Housing will identify innovative strategies to create and preserve affordable apartments and homes to ensure all Minnesotans have stable housing and a place to call home.

Monday, February 12th, 2018
5:30-8:30 p.m

(612) 204-8333
University of St. Thomas Woulfe Alumni Hall
Anderson Student Center
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Parking and directions

Participant biographies

Mapping Prejudice team

The Mapping Prejudice Project and the Historyapolis Project, which seeks to bring new attention to the often troubled past of Minneapolis. Kirsten Delegard is the project director and works at the Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota and has faculty affiliations with the history department at Augsburg University and the geography department of the University of Minnesota. Kevin Ehrman-Solberg is a graduate student in the Geography, Environment and Society department at the University of Minnesota. He is also the project manager for Mapping Prejudice and a graduate assistant at the Borchert Map Library. Penny Petersen is property records specialist, an author of two books of Minneapolis history and an expert in historic property research.

Shannon JonesShannon Jones

Shannon Smith Jones is the Executive Director of Hope Community after having served as the Director of Community Engagement at Urban Homeworks, both of which combine an emphasis on quality affordable housing with a strategic focus on engaging and working towards an equitable community. She received her B.A from the University of MN in Family Social Science, and is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. She is a lifelong resident of North Minneapolis but was first introduced to Hope as one of the first residents at the Children’s Village in 2004 and participated in Hope’s organizing training SPEAC (Sustainable Progress through Engaging Active Citizens) in 2015.

Adam BelzAdam Belz

Adam Belz has worked as a reporter for the Star Tribune since June 2012, covering business and economics for four years and more recently, Minneapolis City Hall. Adam’s work has included a compelling series of articles on the direct correlation between economic mobility and location. Mr. Belz also wrote for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and The Des Moines Register in Iowa before moving to Minnesota.

Tim MarxTim Marx

Tim Marx has served as the President and CEO of Catholic Charities of St Paul and Minneapolis since 2011. Prior to this, Tim worked as a practicing lawyer and later served as a public official (city attorney and deputy mayor of Saint Paul and Minnesota Housing Finance Agency commissioner), and as executive director of Breaking Ground (a supportive housing provider) in New York City. He currently serves on the boards of Fairview Health Services, the Minneapolis Downtown Council, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (Vice Chair) and the United Way Systems Change and Innovations Committee. Tim is a graduate of St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, the University of Minnesota Law School and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

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