Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Hastings

Beginning in November of 2016, a group of community leaders and citizens, including representatives from the City and the school district, have been engaged in dialog to understand the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in Hastings. Periodic discussions presented ever growing and changing statistics, a broadening understanding of diversity, and conversations with a variety of residents to understand personal experiences, concerns, needs, and aspirations for the Hastings community.

Community leaders are now working to expand the conversation and facilitate community-wide learning opportunities in order to embrace cultural differences and commonalities throughout the city. A partnership with the YMCA Equity Innovation Center has been approved for funding and will begin work in September 2018. 

Visit the registrations page to sign up to receive updates on new learning opportunities, events, and general updates from the Initiative. 


Upcoming Events:

Bridging Cultural Differences Training

Training Event: Bridging Cultural Differences - September 20th & 27th

We are each unique individuals that have been shaped by experiences, giftedness, abilities and cultural dimensions. It is easy to take a default view of each other that builds walls around our differences versus building bridges to understand. Using timeless researched resources like the Diversity Wheel and Dimensions of Culture, we will explore what makes each of us unique and embrace the community around us. This training will be led by the YMCA Equity Innovation Center.

This is a two-part training that will be held from 6-9 p.m. at Hastings High School in the second floor training room (near the bridge). When you register below, you are indicating that you can attend BOTH sessions on September 20th and September 27th.

Cost = FREE

Click here to Register on Sign Up Genius

Click here to read Class Descriptions

Leadership Think Tank

Community Leadership Think Tank

The Think Tank is the kickoff event of our partnership with the YMCA Equity Innovation Center. This day-long session will help develop our community agenda relating to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative. The interactive process will engage multiple stakeholders from across the city to collaborate on a vision for what an inclusive city can be. The process will help us to identify the challenges, opportunities, and solutions that are unique to the current culture of our community. 

More than 50 leaders from the City, the School District, the Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, churches, and local community organizations have been invited to join in the process. Special care to invite diverse voices to the table has been taken.

A few spaces remain available. If you have a recommendation of a local leader who should be in attendance, please contact Derrick Jaeger or Lee Stoffel with information.

Community Leadership Think Tank

Saturday, September 29, 2018

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hastings Area YMCA Community Room

The Longer Table Event Planning Meeting

The Longer Table Event Planning Committee Meeting - Thursday, October 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

People in the community of Hastings are striving to build a longer table of outreach and inclusivity. This event will encourage people to come together to share food and stories. It is recommended that you bring food from your unique cultural background. An event planning committee is forming to plan the event to take place on June 23, 2019. You are invited to join the planning group. Meetings will take place on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Hastings Area YMCA.

Contact Person: Karen Moore


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Community Group Mtg

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Citizen Committee Meeting - Thursday, October 11 , 6-7:30 p.m.

All interested residents, community groups or business representatives are invited to participate in continued dialog, learning, and event planning related to the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion in Hastings. This is a newly forming grassroots committee. All voices and viewpoints are encouraged to join in the conversation. Please contact Lee Stoffel or Derrick Jaeger with questions. To be notified of upcoming meetings, please sign up on the general registration form.  

July 31, 2018 WWPC Meeting Minutes

August 8, 2018 DEI Meeting Minutes

August 23, 2018 DEI Meeting Agenda

August 23, 2018 DEI Meeting Minutes


Community Equity Labs

Equity Innovation Labs

All Are Welcome!

The YMCA Equity Innovation Center will lead us in a series of community engagement sessions in which community members will walk through hands-on learning and reflecting exercises to develop a common understanding of identified challenges. Each session will be followed by hands-on learning assignments that will take place throughout the five-month period.


All sessions will be held at the Dakota Pines Banquet Facility, 2015 Westview Drive, Hastings, MN 55033

Session Dates and Times

  1. Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 6-9 p.m. 
  2. Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 6-9 p.m.
  3. Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 6-9 p.m.
  4. Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 6-9 p.m.
  5. Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 6-9 p.m.

Accommodations (Food and Childcare)

Doors open at 5 p.m.

A buffet dinner option will be available through Rudy's Red Eye Catering. The menu for Tuesday, October 23 will include a Slider Bar (2 per guest) with chips and coleslaw for just $10 (cash-only please).

The bar will be open for service prior to the event. Soda and water will be offered free of charge. Other beverages will be available for purchase.

Childcare will be offered onsite through the YMCA KidStuff program. This option is free of charge for event attendees.


Community and Initiative Information

City and School Board Joint Proclamation April 29, 2018

Hastings City Council Approves Funding for Partnership with YMCA and ISD 200, July 9, 2018

2017 Hastings Community Survey (National Citizen Survey Livability Report)


Community Feedback

Below is the raw, unedited data collected at table conversations on April 29th:

Raw data, Community Feedback, Question1: What would a welcoming community look like?

Raw data, Community Feedback, Question 2: What will you do to make Hastings a welcoming community?

Below is the same information, coded and organized into themes:

Coded Community Feedback, Question 1: What would a welcoming community look like?

Coded Community Feedback, Question 2: What will you do to make Hastings a welcoming community?

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