About Us

Mission

Race Matters, Friends (RMF) will confront Columbia’s history of racial inequities by practicing courage and collaborating with trusted partners to build transformative policies that dismantle disparities in all local institutions and organizations. RMF’s equity work includes focusing on race, class, LGBTQIA+, disability, religion, and other marginalized groups, ethnicities, and cultural groups.

Race Matters, Friends will confront our community’s history of racial inequities by collaborating with trusted partners to build transformative policies that dismantle disparities in all local institutions and organizations.

Vision

A courageous community that is inclusive, collaborative, and engaged in social equity.

Values

Equity, Learning, Teaching, Pedagogy, Action, Collaboration, Accessibility

What Else

This group is also for nurturing questions and conversations about racial equity, racism, and structural inequality in Columbia, MO, the United States, and the world. 

About RMF

Bylaws
The Annual General Meeting is held every April for the purpose of electing the Board of Directors and discussion of business. The Board elects the Executive Committee prior to April 30th.

Executive Committee
2019-2020

Traci Wilson-Kleepkamp           President
Lynn Maloney                     Vice President
David Aguayo                             Secretary
Chad McLaurin                          Treasurer
Race Matters, Friends is a 501(c)(3) organization supported through donations. Our finances are transparent. Treasurers' Reports will be available on our Financials page. Donations can be accepted here or via Facebook if you would like to set up a social media fundraiser or event. Please contact us with any questions. 

Mission and Vision

We envision a future in which there is political and organizational representation that expands on and represents the community, a community in which we have addressed our past of dominance, oppression, genocide, and slavery, and a community in which we welcome all visitors and residents with generous social services and reliable community and individual safety.
Educated kids who become educated adults
• People working together and focusing on learning and doing, and not being tested
• Get people to admit race is a white person creation and problem and find ways to make it better.
• Teachers receive implicit bias training, address subconscious bias.
We want a community who is educated about racial issues, has increased multicultural awareness, that doesn’t tolerate hate, and that has successfully confronted the history of dominance, oppression, genocide, and slavery, and has taken steps to make it better.
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