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Kevin Lindsey, Minnesota Humanities Center CEO
Kevin Lindsey, Minnesota Humanities Center CEO

2021 Diversity & Inclusion: Minnesota Humanities Center

Two years ago, attorney Kevin Lindsey accepted a job offer that would take his career in a different direction but continue his passion for tackling diversity and inclusion issues when he joined the Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) as chief executive officer.

“What I like about the humanities is the storytelling aspect, the opportunity to amplify stories of people that are not in the public mainstream,” he said. “The idea of listening to and providing those stories intrigued me. The humanities can play in role in facilitating a more inclusive world for all.”

Lindsey came to the Humanities Center after working nearly eight years as commissioner of the State’s Department of Human Rights. He oversaw Gov. Mark Dayton’s DE&I Council implementation, investigated complaints of discrimination, audited equal-opportunity and equal-pay cases involving state contractors and supported anti-bullying and educational inclusion initiatives. During his time in office, the department supported the enactment and facilitated the implementation of “ban the box” law forbidding employers from prematurely screening out ex-offenders. Throughout his career, the University of Iowa College of Law graduate worked in law firms as in-house counsel and as a county attorney.

Upon Lindsey joining the Humanities Center, MHC adopted a new mission and a vision statement of seeking to create a just society that is “curious, connected, and compassionate.” Despite the pandemic, MHC has embraced its new vision and has greatly expanded its offerings. In the past year, Lindsey has overseen immersive educational, civic, and history programs.

Lindsey added that he is excited about the future at MHC in education. “We’re coming up on the 250th anniversary of our country,” he said. “It’s a great time to have an inclusive conversation within our schools, our state and our country, one that reexamines the founding principles of democracy and charts the path for the next 250 years.”

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