ACER believes African immigrants understand complex issues and know our communities best. We elevate the voices of community members. We build bridges between residents and decision-makers so that our knowledge and expertise is represented in the policies that shape our communities.

The type of issues ACER works on will evolve, but the way that ACER works will not. We work with African immigrants through:

Community engagement

ACER develops leadership in African immigrant communities to dismantle systemic racism and create opportunities for our people.


organizes community members to advance local and regional policies that will benefit African immigrants.


ACER advocates for policies and practices that eliminate racial disparities and create thriving African immigrant communities.

ACER’s work is not only critical for African immigrants, it’s also important for the health of the Twin Cities region. The demographics of this area already resemble the racial diversity we expect for the greater region by 2030. The progress we make now in the northwest suburbs can be a model for the future of an equitable and prosperous region.