African Career, Education & Resource (ACER) is in a time of rapid growth and impact. Operating as a Black-led organization with only 4 full-time and 2 part-time staff members, ACER has achieved and supported major victories for African Diaspora communities in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis and the greater Twin Cities region since 2008.
As the leading issue-based community organization working to uplift and amplify the African Diaspora, ACER is building power for systemic change that advances racial and economic equity in communities.
Working with an engaged base of hundreds of community members, ACER is developing innovative policy and practice solutions to eliminate the well-documented disparities in education, employment, health, housing, and wealth that affect African immigrants and other people of color.
ACER believes that African Diaspora are the experts about what is happening in our communities. Since the organization was established in 2008, staff members from the community have continued to look to other community members to bring concerns, ideas, and issues to the table. No matter what issues arise, racial and economic equity is always at the core of our work.
BIPOC communities have joined ACER in working toward stronger partnerships and more accountability from local officials. With ACER’s help, government entities in the northwest suburbs are learning to be more inclusive and responsive to the needs of African immigrants and other people of color. ACER works with government entities both as targets and as partners in our advocacy efforts for policies that eliminate barriers to participation, representation, and equitable outcomes. Through these efforts, ACER is transforming how new immigrant, and BIPOC communities work with established government entities to create more transparent and responsive systems.