Hedy Tripp is LyricaliTea Circle leader and Saint Cloud elder with the Minnesota Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL), as well as a retired professor/lecturer who writes poetry and memoir. She is active in a vibrant, national online Black-Indigenous-People-Of-Color (BIPOC) writing community, meeting weekly. As a leader in antiracist work in St. Cloud for 30 years, she was Create CommUNITY’s Coordinator 2005-2009 and, coordinated the first-ever Conversation on Race together with the Central MN Community Foundation, 2006. She continued planning and orchestrating these conversations with her administrative and networking skills, making it a model for building social capital. Thousands of community members and leaders have attended the event over the years. Even before Create CommUNITY and its precursor, the Racial Harmony Initiative, Hedy was deeply involved in the community, especially with students of color. Her dedication garnered the 1997 City of St. Cloud High Five Award for Cultural Diversity and Race Relations. In 1998 she produced “Racism No Way, Let’s Celebrate Today” at the Paramount Theater, a public performance by the Multicultural Children’s Art Connection.