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It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race™

Wednesday, Sept. 27
Minneapolis Convention Center
Featuring Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Join us for our 21st Annual It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race™ which provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in the difficult yet crucial conversations on race and racism.

Registration opens April 2023!

Learn About Our Racial Justice Work

Keynote: Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Host of HuffPost Live, BET News and VH1 Live! and Former Political Contributor for CNN

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill shares a bold vision of the future, where social progress and the pursuit of equality depend on listening to each other while adopting a fearless attitude toward change.

As a scholar and award-winning author, Dr. Hill expertly dissects political and social moments as a way to initiate frank discussions on culture, politics and race. By identifying key issues, challenges, controversies and trends in the news, he spotlights the work that must be done to sustain the ongoing struggle for equality and freedom.

Dr. Hill’s message emphasizes the importance of working across generations to promote America’s youth and even rely on them to inspire future progress. He provides concrete solutions for bringing communities together, along with anecdotes and examples to inspire hope and courage.

New in 2023!

We are excited to return in person at Minneapolis Convention Center for an all-day summit, where participants can connect with one another, attend the keynote address and attend three breakout sessions advancing in their racial justice journey.  

More information on breakout sessions and the schedule to be announced soon.  

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Building community to advance racial equity and inclusion

YWCA Minneapolis Forums empower community members to challenge the structures that uphold racial inequities. The largest of these events, It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race™ engages over 1,000 individuals annually to facilitate change. Our events are rooted in our three pillars of impactful engagement:


Keynote speakers have dedicated their work to deeper understandings of racism. Their insight helps attendees move along their own racial justice journey.


Research shows dialogue is the foundation for sustained change. Led by our trained racial justice facilitators, community members make the connection between theory and the reality of racism in our lives.


With knowledge and the support of others committed to racial justice, attendees are inspired to advance inclusion at work, in the community and with family and friends.

From Attendees

Our Impact

In 2022:

  • 1,000+ individuals virtually attended It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race™ and It’s Time to Act!™ Forum Series
  • 2,200 diverse individuals gained racial justice understanding and were empowered to take action to eliminate racism through dialogues, workshops, forums and trainings
  • 40+ organizations invested in creating more inclusive and equitable workplaces through Inc.lude™ Diversity & Inclusion Consulting

Sponsorship Opportunities

Event sponsorship connects your organization to this powerful racial justice program. Sponsors of the event will receive opportunities for customized consulting services by YWCA Minneapolis Inc.lude™ Equity and Inclusion Consulting.

For more information on 2023 sponsorship opportunities, please contact

Scholarships Available

Full and partial scholarships are available for this event. Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis for a limited number of scholarships. Please direct any questions to

About YWCA’s Racial Justice and Public Policy Work

YWCA Minneapolis is a national leader in the field of racial equity, facilitating change and generating meaningful action in the workplace and the community.

YWCA Minneapolis Racial Justice and Public Policy Department works within the community to eliminate inequities on interpersonal, institutional and systemic levels through a continuum of moving from knowledge, awareness and skills to action. We do this through assessment, inclusion planning and facilitated dialogues in the workplace.

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