The Wright County Coalition Against Racism is the only antiracist group in Wright County led by a person of color who is also a dedicated leader in the diversity, equity, and inclusion field. Our leadership team comprises dedicated educators who are passionate about combating racism and making impactful changes within our community.
Special thanks to WCCAR member Sophia Collova for our Steering Committee photos.
WCCAR STEERING COMMITTEE
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Andraya moved to Wright County over nine years ago after living in Minneapolis for most of her life. She quickly discovered life was very different here as a person of color. Following the civil unrest in Minneapolis, Andraya came together with Kara and others to build WCCAR into what it is today: A committed group of citizens dedicated to building equitable futures for all people in all ways, always.
The members of this group have pledged to commit themselves to the work within themselves, and within the community, to end systemic racism and white supremacy culture so that every person can have an equitable opportunity to the "American Dream" we have all been told we can have, but only some have actually had access to pursue.
Along with her lived experiences as a woman of color, she brings nearly 20 years of experience as an organizational development and effectiveness leader focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the corporate world. She has spent her career working to guide global organizations to scale and exceed their goals. In addition to her corporate work, Andraya is also an Executive & Leadership Coach and DE&I Consultant with The VIP Lab, a consulting practice she created in 2018 to guide professionals and organizations to step into their greatness. She is on the Board of Directors for Connections to Independence, a non-profit located in Minneapolis that provides services to connect permanent placement providers, community-based organizations, and counties in a formalized partnership to support youth in foster care.
In the spring of 2021, Andraya was awarded a fellowship with Social Venture Partners. The SVP Fellows program is a three-year program for community-minded leaders who are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color and who believe better futures are imperative for under-resourced youth, seek to use their skills to collaborate with other nonprofits on organizational capacity building, and demonstrate a commitment to racial equity and eliminating systemic injustices.
Andraya lives with her husband, Bruce, and their child, who is off to college now. Their cat reluctantly shares the house with them and the two dogs.
Co-Founder, Vice President, &
Education Committee Chair
Kara has been a resident of Wright County for over 13 years. She and her husband have two children, and they are committed to doing their part in creating a better world for them to thrive. Kara has been an educator for over 19 years. She has experience in equity and antiracism work from working at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, and now working within the Monticello School District. Being aware of systemic racism for most of her life, Kara has committed herself to equity work in both her personal and professional life. Because of her antiracism commitment, she can look at the big picture and operate from an equity lens.
Kara is committed to using her privilege to help others on their journey to raising and uplifting BIPOC voices and hopefully helping to change and dismantle racism in our world. WCCAR makes her proud, strengthens her knowledge base around racism, and builds her confidence to continue to stand against it. Kara loves being on this journey with her sisters and brothers involved with WCCAR.
Secretary, Interfaith &
Racial Justice Committees Chair
Catherine is a fifteen-year resident of Wright County, where she and her husband, Brett, have been raising their four children. Their family has also lovingly fostered many other children to provide them with a loving home when in time of need and transition.
Catherine is the Chair for our Interfaith Committee, where she applies her passion for creating an equitable future for all persons in our community, by applying her deep connection to her faith within that mission. In her role as the Racial Justice Chair, Catherine leads the group committed to partnering with, guiding, and educating local law enforcement and legislators in identifying ways to improve their relationships with the Wright County BIPOC communities they are supposed to serve through awareness, policy change, reform, and community building.
In her free time, Catherine enjoys volunteering in her faith community, long and fast horseback rides, and utilizing her domestic and cooking skills.