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Mayo Clinic Advancing Racial Equity in Local Communities

Mayo Clinic has awarded grants through its EverybodyIN Fund for Change to 36 organizations and programs to promote racial equity in the communities it serves. The grants were made possible by more than $88,800 in staff contributions and a Mayo Clinic match which brought the EverybodyIN Fund for Change total to $200,000.

The grants, ranging from $1,000 to $15,000, were awarded to 36 organizations in Mayo Clinic communities, including 17 organizations in the regions Mayo Clinic Health System serves.

Funds from the EverybodyIN Fund for Change have been awarded to support these initiatives:

  • 904Ward Race Cards app, a game that reinforces the mission of the 904Ward organization in Jacksonville to create racial healing and equity through deep conversations and learning.
  • Racial equity task force in Rochester.
  • Coalition of Blacks against prostate cancer in Arizona.
  • Diversity training in Southeast Minnesota.
  • Equitable and domestic sexual violence services in rural Northwest Wisconsin.
  • YWCA racial justice workshops in Southwest Wisconsin.

“We are incredibly thankful to the employees at Mayo Clinic,” says Kimberly Allen, Ph.D., president of 904Ward, an organization in Jacksonville whose vision is to bring an end to racism. “This grant demonstrates a commitment to ending racism by giving our community immediate access to a tool that makes difficult conversations about race productive and action-oriented. We could not be more proud of being a recipient of the EverybodyIN grant.”

About the EverybodyIN Fund for Change

The EverybodyIN Fund for Change was established in 2020 in response to Mayo Clinic staff’s desire to support the change they seek in their communities. The fund was launched in conjunction with Mayo Clinic’s EverybodyIN initiative, renewing its commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity.

More than 100 organizations across Mayo Clinic’s communities applied for the grant. Each Mayo Clinic location and region established its own review team to ensure a consistent review process. Panelists on the review teams included members from Mayo Clinic’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, staff from Mayo Clinic’s Community Engagement teams and other volunteers. community engagement staff and other volunteers.

“We are very pleased to announce the organizations selected by our three Mayo Clinic sites and four Mayo Clinic Health System regions,” says Erin Sexton, director of Enterprise Community Engagement. “We were inspired as we read about many wonderful programs serving our communities, as well as plans for new initiatives to advance equity, diversity and inclusion.”

Media contact:
Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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