The Stories We Share

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The Stories We Share is a video series of individuals sharing their perspective, experience and intersection with race. The full videos are available for viewing below.

This project was created by the City of Edina's employee Racial Equity Advancement Team (REAT) and Edina TV. The Racial Equity Advancement Team is comprised of employees in sub-groups focusing on engagement (staff and community), training (creating and facilitation), work plan (coaching and support).

View the stories and consider sharing yours!



The Stories We Share is a video series of individuals sharing their perspective, experience and intersection with race. The full videos are available for viewing below.

This project was created by the City of Edina's employee Racial Equity Advancement Team (REAT) and Edina TV. The Racial Equity Advancement Team is comprised of employees in sub-groups focusing on engagement (staff and community), training (creating and facilitation), work plan (coaching and support).

View the stories and consider sharing yours!

Share your story!

We are encouraging staff and community members to share their own stories on racial perspective and experiences. Sharing your story can either be written or done by personally recorded video messages. Photos can also be submitted.

Everyone has the right to share their story and experiences. While individuals may have varying opinions, respect each person's experience and insight. 

We would love to hear from you! 

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    Katie's Story

    12 days ago

    My name is Katie Laux. I joined the City's Racial Equity Advancement Team last month.

    George Floyd was murdered a mile from my house, on a block I go by every day, a block from my toddler’s daycare. It was a wake-up call. One consequence of white privilege is that I don’t have to think about race. I have believed that I am exempt from white supremacy in a way; that I am an ally to BIPOC. I think this belief has prevented me from learning more and committing to lifelong work. I am honored to be a part of... Continue reading

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    shawkinson@edinamn.gov

    23 days ago

    Stephanie's Story


    I grew up in Southwest Minneapolis, which as you know is an upper middle class, predominantly white neighborhood. My dad was a grocery store owner following in the footsteps of his father who opened the first commercial business in Linden Hills. I felt a deep sense of legacy growing up. I saw my parents as leaders – in the church, in the schools, in area businesses. I never internalized that as privilege, but clearly it was.

    My dad used to hire Native Americans for odd jobs around the house and store “at the end of the month when... Continue reading

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    Ivan’s Story

    by Imazurk, about 1 month ago
    Growing up in a diverse neighborhood, with a diverse group of friends and having BI-POC family, I was fortunate to have exposure to different people and cultures. I find that more important as I get older. I unfortunately have been on the receiving end of negative actions by people of color and have witnessed hatred towards people of color. The influences I grew up with, luckily kept me from forming inaccurate generalizations of people different than me. However, it did create some apprehensiveness when I was younger. Throughout my life, I have always enjoyed learning about, getting to know, and
    ... Continue reading
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    Tiffany Bushland

    about 1 month ago

    My name is Tiffany Bushland. I am a member of the City’s Race Equity Advancement Team. As a white woman from rural Minnesota I was brought up in a privileged world. I am genuinely interested in race and equity work to be more educated. Within the City of Edina, I am a Recreation Supervisor in Parks & Recreation. I enjoy people and serving the public. I want to learn more to do better. Serve the public better, be a better friend, leader, and manager.

    One thing I have learned about myself when discussing topics of race and equity is that... Continue reading

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    MJ' Story

    about 1 month ago

    I am from a small town in South Eastern MN. When I lived there the population was around 600 and I graduated with 23 classmates. My entire class was white, the community was very much white, and my family is all white. I identify as a white woman.

    Growing up I had one Asian friend who was adopted and when I was in high school there was one Black kid in a foster program who classmates so endearingly (not) nicknamed “brownie”. It did not phase me at the time.

    I enrolled for college at Hamline University in St. Paul which... Continue reading

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    Chad Millner

    about 1 month ago

    My name is Chad Millner. I am the City Engineer for the City of Edina. I am a white, middle-aged man from central Minnesota. In 2019, I volunteered to be on the City’s Race & Equity Advancement Team (REAT). I offered to participate for both personal and work related goals. I personally have a desire to listen and learn about race and equity topics. As an agency, we have a Race and Equity Implementation Plan and we have specific workplan items every year. When I started this journey I was naïve. I had very little exposure to race related experiences... Continue reading