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Advancing Racial Equity in the Minneapolis Park System: How Could Organizations with Divergent Goals Work Together?

Yuan Daniel Cheng and Brooke Dirtzu (University of Minnesota)

July 2020


“Advancing Racial Equity in the Minneapolis Park System” is a role-play simulation designed to help students understand the challenges of creating a collaborative governance regime when actors involved have different understandings of the core issue. By going through this simulation practice, students are expected to take a critical approach to view racial equity from the lens of different stakeholders and grasp basic design principles for developing collaborative governance regimes. It also helps students understand how complex structural elements underpin systemic inequalities, and, then, learn strategies to advance racial equity in public service provisions. This simulation is relevant for classes dealing with collaborative governance, public engagement processes, stakeholder involvement, collaborative problem solving, and racial equity and inclusion in public policy making.