This is My Home A Minnesota Human Rights Experience
This is My Home - Community Resources


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aMaze is a non-profit organization devoted to helping children and families create safe communities across races. This organization visits schools, faith communities and “anywhere children are together.”
The Diversity Council’s goal is to create a comfortable community through education; the organization has many different programs for both k-12 and adults. This organization provides teacher training and workshops.
The Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars provides an opportunity for college students to learn about Chinese culture through other students who are from China.
Growing Communities for Peace is an organization that specializes in peace education. They have collaborated with the Human Rights Resource Center and the University of Minnesota’s Extension Service to make these resources available. This website offers links to useful tool-kits for teaching human rights values in the classroom.
The Indian Land Tenure Curriculum is designed to “keep Native American children aware of their place among Creation and a sense of belonging to their land.” The curriculum includes discussion questions, art activities, nature walks, and movement activities.
The Institute for Global Studies offers a comprehensive education and training system for University students on multicultural issues, with different specialty centers related to different global regions.
Kid’s World International is an organization founded and run by youth! Their main goal is to educate the immigrant community about deportable crimes and how they might affects one’s life in the United States. They also seek to educate the entire community on the immigrant and refugee youth population.
The League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions interacts with all county and municipal human rights organizations to help them carry out their goals. Other initiatives include: human rights speakers database, school links, This is my Home, ReHab program, and an annual essay contest for grades 6-8.
Metro Libraries is a comprehensive online site containing a database of Minnesotan illustrators and authors of multiethnic origins that perform programs in schools. Contact them for more information.
Metropolitan Minority Outreach program helps to prepare minority candidates for careers in business. They provide mentors for high school and college students to gain an edge in the business world.
Minnesota Advocates for Human rights is a local non-profit organization devoted to preventing the violation of human rights. The offer a wide variety of services including: “investigative fact finding, direct legal representation, collaboration for education and training, and a broad distribution of publications.”
Minnesota Advocates has developed a special project entitled: “Energy of a Nation.” This program offers training in schools, provides curriculum and information on immigration issues.
Minnesota Collaborative Anti-Racism Initiative provides anti-racism consultation to professional community programs, non-profit organizations, businesses and more.
Minnesota Department of Education’s website, linked up to Indian (Indigenous Peoples) Education. Includes curriculum, grants, scholarships, training, and workshops.
The Minnesota Humanities Commission provides workshops and activities that enhance cultural learning for schools, colleges, and cultural organizations.
Minnesota Inclusiveness Program is dedicated to ensuring a nurturing schooling environment for everyone-no exceptions. They specialize in teacher workshops and training.
Minnesota Minority Education Partnership helps college bound students of color reach their full academic potential through mentoring and other programs.
Minnesota Youth Work Institute provides professional development related to race, as well as student programming.
The Multi-cultural resource center in St.Paul, MN focuses on bringing the right tools to teachers so that they can intertwine learning with diverse viewpoints, many cultures, and exposure to the arts.
The National Training of Trainers Institute on Human Rights is facilitated by the Human Rights Resource Center. In these sessions, 124 facilitators from across the United States are brought together to share new strategies, methods, and techniques for teaching human rights and protecting human rights.
The Perpich Center for the Arts in Golden Valley offers a unique library collection that is available to the general public-especially teachers! The library focuses mainly on Art education in Minnesota.
The Rochester International Association focuses on spreading cultural awareness, has student exchange programs, and hosts a number of multi-cultural festivals. Unfortunately they do not travel to schools.
Tolerance Minnesota is an education diversity program devoted to helping teachers, parents and students understand the impact of all cultures on our society. They do this through art residencies, and lesson plans that are pop-culture themed.
United Nations Cyber School Bus: Indigenous Peoples webpage, encourages all to celebrate the world’s indigenous peoples from the Maya in Guatemala to the Inca in the Artic. This site includes activities and resources for teachers for use in the classroom.
The Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship Program encourages teachers, students, lawyers, health professionals, community leaders and others, to participate in practical experiences in human rights organizations. The program at the University of Minnesota also bridges communities locally and around the world.
World Citizen Inc .is a non-profit organization that challenges teachers and students to be life long peacemakers, and join in the global reach for peace. This organization will visit your school if your school is eligible to become a “peace site.”
Youthrive (peace jam) is an organization that helps youth interact with adults to build lasting peace making skills. Students become involved in a service learning project that will deal with current community needs.
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The Bengali Association of Minnesota works to maintain the culture, philosophy and traditional values of Bengal in the U.S.
Center for the Study of White American Culture is “not a white supremacist organization as some people might infer,” rather they are devoted to studying White culture in America.
The Guatemalan Society of Minnesota works to sustain Guatemalan culture in Minnesota through annual dances, Bazaars and other community events.
The Jewish Family and Children Services center provides a place for Jewish families to seek help meeting the daily challenges of life through different counseling and community programs.
Minneapolis American Indian Center provides educational classes and offers exhibits pertaining to American Indian Culture and Art.
Minneapolis Institute of Art is always offering exhibits on culture from all over the world- spanning 5,000 years of world history!
Minnesota Science Museum is offering a Race exhibit beginning January 10th and ending May 6th, 2007. It will address that issue that race is merely a sociological concept and not rooted biologically. Tour groups are always welcome.
The American Swedish Institute offers historical information on Swedish heritage as well as school visits and youth tours of their center.
Traces Museum has exhibits that include: German POW artifacts, Mid-West POWs in Nazi Germany, and many more. Tour groups are welcome!
Weisman Art Museum has over 17,000 works in its collection. They have an especially large amount of Korean furniture, mimbres pottery, ceramics, and American modernist art. Open to tour groups.
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CAAM Chinese Dance Company focuses on the rhythms and culture of China. The company also runs a dance school, hosts annual concerts, and has outreach programs. They are currently the largest Chinese organization in the mid-west.
Center for Hmong Arts and Talent focuses specifically on Hmong issues and performers. They host open studio times, have after school programs and artist residencies.
The Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre Company focuses on Social Justice issues and teaches others how to create the intricate masks and puppets they create.
Indonesian Performing Arts Association of America focuses on the arts, culture and traditional Gamelan performances of Indonesia. The association offers residencies for elementary schools with Joko Sutrisno and Tri Sutrisno.
Intermedia Arts is an organization with residencies and exhibits that focus on human rights issues. Their facilities can act as a gathering place to create new forms of art that will challenge politics, the arts, and society.
Mixed Blood Theatre focuses on providing theatrical education about social justice issues, both past and present.
Pangea World Theatre strives to show audiences the beauty of diversity and to show the human condition as a whole.
Stepping Stone Theatre provides children with cultural life lessons through theatre. The offer a variety of acting classes and summer camps dedicated to acting. The theatre also offers residencies, after school programs, along with violence prevention and intervention.
Theatre De Pueblo addresses Latino and Hispanic social issues through theatre. This theatre offers residencies with professional actors/actresses for students in elementary school to college.
Theatre Mu performs Asian American theatre about Asian American issues, they present four shows annually. Their residency programs reach k-12 schools, colleges, community organizations and corporations around the Midwest.
Tou Ger Xiong is a Hmong-American comedian who incorporates racism and immigration issues in his act.
The zAmya Theatre Project works to bring together homeless and housed individuals to create a theatrical production. They focus of the program is to “turn ‘homeless’ from a word back to a person” through community-based theatre.
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See Asian art upon request. This site outlines the different projects and then you must contact them to view/hear the art.
Before Their Time is a website and book created by David L. Parker. The website includes photographs of children working in intolerable conditions all over the world. There is also a “resources” page with great links to help end child labor.
Blogs and Podcasts from University of Minnesota students speaking about their individual, day-to-day experiences with different cultures.
Cross-Cultural Poetics: non-profit organization devoted to publishing works of undiscovered ethnography poets (written works).
Global Voices online is a non-profit media project where citizens from all over the world can communicate through blogging.
Hear stories from Indigenous peoples leaders working for Human Rights issues.
Moving Lives Speakers Bureau in partnership with Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights focuses on sharing the stories and experiences of immigrants in Minnesota. As well as, increasing awareness of human rights history. Speakers may be scheduled individually or as a panel, depending on your needs.
Resource Center for the Americas works for social justice in Latin America, they also have and opinion and commentary page from local newspapers in Latin America.
Voices from the gaps focuses on letting women of color in Minnesota get their voices heard through photo collages, digital streams, blogs, and videos.
Voice of the Shuttle is a collection of literature put out by minority writers-some of the material is first person and some is not.
Volunteer voices: hear volunteers speak about their experiences around the world (video and audio).
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The Center for Victims of Torture is devoted to helping torture victims locally and stopping torture globally. They also have a speaker’s bureau consisting of volunteers who are available to tell their stories.
The Islamic Resource Group has local Muslims that will come to visit your classroom or business to help educate the masses about Muslim people and their culture.
Minnesota International Center focuses on education, has a long speakers list and links to helpful international government agencies.
Have a representative from the World Population Balance Committee come and speak to your classroom about the global overpopulation issue.
International Classroom Connection is an organization that offers elementary and secondary classrooms to invite a speaker from the University of Minnesota or other Minnesota residents to come speak about their specific culture. They also offer workshops to teachers before the speaker presents in the classroom to give the teacher time to fit it into their curriculum.
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Camp Moon-Hwa is a Korean Culture camp for both Korean adoptees and/or anyone interested in Korean Culture.
Harvard’s Women Working 1800-1930: Women’s role in the U.S. economy.
Justview’s goal is to create a community of peace, culture and sustainability through justice and the connectedness of such organizations as Peacemakers and New Earth Partnership.
The Middle-East and Islamic Studies collection is a database of documents regarding women and gender issues in Middle-Eastern culture.
Minnesota Department of Health has useful information on meeting places, ethnic catering, and information on workforce diversity.
The Minnesota-India News Index “for those who live in Minnesota but have India in their hearts.”
The Multicultural Development Center provides news on events form around the world as well as events that are taking place locally.
Words/ quotes from Famous Human Rights Advocates.