I GREW UP IN THE INNER CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS.

When I graduated from high school, I left Minneapolis for the first time to attend Georgetown University in Washington D.C. What a culture shock! The majority of the school was white, the coursework was hard, and my fellow students were wealthy.

The perception of my world back home began to change. I learned about marginalization, racial and educational disparities, food deserts, and the poor health outcomes found in the inner city – communities like the one in which I grew up.