Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

DEI Statement 

At the Loppet, we are committed to living out our mission of connecting people to the outdoors through experiences that grow community. We understand that we cannot fulfill our mission of connection and community without acknowledging and addressing the many barriers that exist for some members of our community, especially our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ community. As an outdoor organization that is situated on stolen Indigenous land in Minneapolis, we recognize the importance of honoring both the land and the community in how we operate. The Loppet Foundation is working to build DEI capacity within the organization, create and sustain equitable practices that reflect DEI goals, and bring antiracism to the forefront of all areas of the organization.

DEI Vision Statement 

Our vision is for all people to have equitable access to and connection with the outdoors.

DEI Goals 

Goal 1: Identify, attract, and retain a diverse board, staff, and community who represent and contribute to the organization’s commitment to equity

Goal 2: Advance policies and practices that foster an inclusive culture within the organization

Goal 3: Promote diversity and inclusion in events, programs, and partnerships, as well as a welcoming environment for park visitors

Goal 4: Ensure accountability to diversity and inclusion efforts within the organization and in service to our community

Goal 5: To be recognized by the community and all stakeholders as an institution committed to playing an intentional role in eliminating racism in the outdoors

Immediate/Current Action Items

  • Update mission & vision to reflect DEI values and model inclusive practices
  • Identify measurable objectives within each strategic equity goal
  • Develop shared DEI language
  • Implement comprehensive DEI training for staff
  • Document organizational demographic trends (staff, volunteers, program participants, etc.) 
  • Utilize measurement tools to track antiracist practices and progress
  • Document and share resources used to implement DEI work

Read our DEI PDF here.

E+T Intro

– Emma (she/her) was born and raised in Minneapolis and Tyjuan (he/him) was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri –

“We recently moved to Minneapolis with our 1-year-old daughter, Asa. Our backgrounds are both in youth development work and community engagement, with an emphasis on equity and antiracism. We formed E&T Consulting with the vision of supporting organizations to build capacity in impactful equity and antiracism work, and our mission is liberation. We are partnering with the Loppet for at least the next year. Our work together will include monthly staff DEI sessions, participation in the Equity Committee, and ongoing dialogue and support.”

DEI Sessions E&T have led: 

Topic: What is DEI?

Objective(s):

  • Create collective agreements/expectations
  • Begin to develop shared language around “DEI” terms
  • Explore the purpose of DEI work at the Loppet


Topic: Identity & Cycles of Socialization Objective(s):

  • Learn about the Cycle of Socialization and its impact
  • Understand how identity & socialization fit into the map of our DEI work


Topic: Team Building & Education/Consciousness RaisingObjective(s):

  • Practice teamwork & communication to build a supportive space to challenge the Cycle of Socialization
  • Increase consciousness by gaining contextual knowledge about the lack of diversity in the outdoors


Topic: Community Engagement Prep Objective(s):

  • Increase understanding of the context and history of North Minneapolis
  • Prepare for community engagement & relationship building


Topic: Community Engagement Reflection & DEI Framework Review Objective(s):

  • Reflect on the North Minneapolis community engagement challenge
  • Prepare for the community celebration with a DEI lens / Review DEI Framework


Stay tuned for more to come…