This shortest month was quite full with momentous occasions to mark. While Purple Pride stopped one game short of the Super Bowl, the #BoldNorth showcased some of the best (and coldest) that Minnesota and Minnesotans have to offer, including a zip line across the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. #skol The start of the Lunar New Year on February 16 ushered in the Year of the Dog, paired this cycle with the element of earth, which will bring more groundedness and stability to support movement into positive action for all Chinese Zodiac signs this year. And so as we move ahead into International Women's Month, check out opportunities within this Dispatch to support womyn, including Still Kickin's original FEMNIST design, and to use your voice and agency to be the change you wish to see in the world.
Tens of thousands of working professionals already move to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region each year, and our MSP HELLO team is working to welcome as many as they can find! Join hundreds of newcomers and the MSP HELLO team for the latest celebration of the seasons as we welcome our newest neighbors to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region. Hello Spring marks our return to the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul. This free event will feature live music, interactive installations, opportunities to meet new people, and fun ideas to enjoy spring in MSP. Take the opportunity to step back in time with the MN History Center’s 1968 exhibit, just one of many exciting exhibits exploring the history and culture of MN. [Read more.]
NEW Leadership Northern Lights
Applications due March 23
NEW Leadership™ is a national nonpartisan program to educate women about politics and leadership and encourage them to become effective leaders in the political arena. NEW Leadership™ Northern Lights intensive five-day residential institutes provide leadership training, inspiration and support for women in the upper Midwest with particular emphasis on supporting women from communities that are underrepresented in public leadership. Participants gain valuable leadership experience by attending workshops on running for office, public speaking, fundraising and grant writing, public policy advocacy, working with the traditional and new media, and building community partnerships. Next Institute: May 30-June 3, 2018. [Read more.]
How to Use Your Voice to Get Sh*t Done: Self-Expression
You have everything it takes to make the world a better place! Despite the challenges you face, you’re an inspiration to those around you and this is your year. Join us March 16 at the East Side Freedom Library for a half-day interactive forum focused on self-expression to help you create change and get shit done. Our group of incredibly talented presenters (Blackout Improv, John Gebretatose, Amee McDonald and Erica Hanna) will lead you through hands on workshops exploring topics like improv, video, and visual storytelling. You’ll leave with the tools you need to elevate your voice and inspire change in our community. [Read more.]
International Women's Day: Promoting and Supporting Women of African Descent
March 8, 8am - 5pm at Humphrey School
In celebration of International Women's Day, Isuroon and the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs invite you to join a symposium centered on women of African descent. Keynote addresses and panels will focus on economics, health, and other topics. The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap won't close until 2186, and even later for women of African descent. This daylong event will address Minnesota's racial disparities, which are among the worst in the United States, and will identify ways that Minnesotans could help promote the lives of women of African descent in Minnesota and elsewhere. [Read more.]
New year, new brand! At least for our sister initiative, LOCUS, focused on engaging and supporting emerging leaders of color and indigenous leaders. Below, the design team and LOCUS leadership team show off the new look at the January 10 brand launch party at Soberfish Restaurant on January 10. Cheers to a fresh take on an image that conveys our network's intersectional, connected, and identity-responsive efforts!
Applications due March 1
The Atlantic Council is now accepting applications and nominations for the 2018 class of its Millennium Fellowship. We seek leaders, innovators, and agents of change, ages 25-35, to join our growing, multidisciplinary, and international community of fellows at the Atlantic Council. Ideal candidates will possess an entrepreneurial spirit, bold vision for the future, character to lead and inspire, and passion for solving global challenges. This two-year, part-time program brings together top young leaders around the world who share the Council's mission of securing the future together through multiple in-person programs ranging from 2-10 days each. [Read more.]
Applications due March 15
Apply today to be one of a few Minnesota educators who are welcomed into the 2018 Educator Institute. All Minnesota educators are invited to apply for this immersive, change-making experience at the Minnesota Humanities Center. Forty applicants will be selected through a competitive process. The Humanities Center's K-12 Education strategy has proven to be a powerful way of engaging young people in learning, deepening and strengthening relationships, and engaging the community as a critical partner and resource - all of which leads to better student achievement. This experience, Sunday, June 17-Friday, June 22, 2018, led by community scholars, prepares Minnesota educators to develop meaningful connections with their students and implement practical classroom strategies to bring absent narratives pedagogy into practice. [Read more.]
'Come Together' Spring Concert
February 7 at 7:00pm
The Twin Cities Women's Choir is proud to present our Spring Concert! This year's spring concert features a collaboration between The Twin Cities Women's Choir and area high schools. Mentorship and leadership abound as we sing beautiful music with singers of all ages. We are delighted to be joining Roosevelt and Washburn High Schools in concert at Roosevelt High School, and invite you to join us for what is sure to be an inspiring performance! There is no admission cost for this concert and no tickets. Seating is general and first-come, first-served. Be sure to arrive early to ensure your seating preferences. [Read more.]
Social Responsibility in Healthcare
February 15, 6pm - 9pm
The goal of this event is to expose young professionals to the healthcare non-profit sector of the Twin Cities through introductions to MILI, LEAD, and Be The Match. Featured speakers will help attendees gain perspective regarding how to get involved in the non-profit community and its benefits. The speakers will also discuss their personal experiences. Through LEAD’s nonprofit connections, attendees will learn about potential board and volunteer positions. Ultimately, this is an opportunity for young professionals to get together to share the value of community-engagement, network with non-profits to learn about opportunities (board or volunteer) and network with other passionate young professionals in their local community. [Read more.]
In this season of dark and cold in the Bold North, we can be grateful that this time of hibernation and dormancy are providing the necessary ingredients for the seeds of creativity, connection, and hope within us to sprout in 2018. May you find what you need among the opportunities within this month's Dispatch, friends and family around you, and the larger community committed to taking action to improve health and vitality for all in the year ahead. "And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been." -Rainer Maria Rilke
Statewide social justice conference
MNxMN 2018: Beyond Resistance is a brand new social justice conference designed to bring new and experienced activists from around the state together to focus on issues affecting all Minnesotans. Our goal is for participants to become more effective advocates in preparation for the 2018 legislative session, mid-term elections and ongoing grassroots activism. This one-day event on Saturday, January 28 at Harding High School will feature workshops, speakers, forums and activities to deepen knowledge, develop advocacy skills and build relationships between new and existing activist organizations and individuals. [Read more.]
Somali Youth Anthology
Submissions due January 31
The Minnesota Humanities Center is excited to share that we are seeking submissions for a new anthology project of storytelling by Somali youth. This first-of-its kind anthology will be edited by community-leader Marian Hassan and will include the authentic, first-hand stories of Minnesota's Somali youth (ages 10-30). Through stories and storytelling, these youth will take inspiration and realize the power of their voices by sharing their experiences in a variety of creative formats, collected together as a tapestry of experience. First draft submissions are due January 31, 2018 and over the next few months will be workshopped into a final draft to submit to the editorial panel for final review and assessment. [Read more.]
Make It. MSP.
On Thursday, January 18, Travelers and the Science Museum of Minnesota will host a lively event for the professionals of color who help make our region thrive. This isn't your typical professional networking event, you’ll engage with new people and have the opportunity to connect post-event. Join us to make new connections across organizations and build towards a more supportive, inclusive community! This MSP Mingle includes the added opportunity to experience the Science Museum's popular RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit with the curator responsible for its creation and the museum's equity and access leadership staff. [Read more.]
Better Angels Moderator Training
Applications due January 16 at 11:59pm
Do you want to bring together people who lean red and blue politically to talk with, rather than simply at or about one another? Some workshops in Minnesota and elsewhere have produced ongoing Better Angels alliances of liberals and conservatives working together in their community. Minnesota Campus Compact and Better Angels are co-sponsoring a training on Friday, February 2, 2018 at Augsburg College for people interested in organizing and moderating workshops. Please note that participation in the moderator training is limited to 25 people, with preference given to people at Minnesota Campus Compact member institutions. [Read more.]
It's the season for gratitude and we give thanks for all of you in our network - who you are and the commitment you have to our communities. In so many ways, we are living in an unprecedented time. While that can at times feel volatile, uncertain, and exhausting, we know there are equally as many stories--large and small, public and personal--of engaged generosity, profound connection, and transformative change. Wishing you and yours the space and sight to witness all the light within and around us now.
Apply for a Stipend to Attend 2018 PolicyLink Equity Summit
The Alliance has recently announced the availability of stipend funds for Twin Cities leaders to attend PolicyLink's upcomingEquity Summit: Our Power. Our Future. Our Nation. This summit will take place Wednesday, April 11-Friday, April 13 and is located in Chicago, IL. Individuals interested in receiving a stipend should fill out an application and turn it into Margo Fritz at email@example.com no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, December 11. A community-led committee will review the applications and award stipends to help broaden the Minnesota Delegation attending the conference. Final announcements will be made sometime after Wednesday, December 20. [Read more.]
Good Night Market
Thursday, December 14 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Good Night Market is a dusk inspired pop-up market showcasing local, socially conscious brands, businesses, and makers. Spend a wintry evening at the Traffic Zone Art Gallery, enjoying food, art, and shopping that makes a difference in the world with every purchase. Whether you are looking for that perfect last minute gift or a customized gift set, let the Good Night Market be your destination for amazing products and gifts with a great story! [Read more.]
"Give to the Max 2017 sails past $20 million high mark"
"Give to the Max, Minnesota’s one-day online giving marathon, shattered last year’s record-setting $20.1 million total. Donations were climbing past $20.6 million late Thursday, with money still pouring in as the midnight deadline passed. Give to the Max’s five staffers had been working around the clock all week to ensure a smooth experience for thousands of donors, registered nonprofits and schools, said Jake Blumberg, executive director of the nonprofit that runs the online fundraiser. 'It just really is an incredible celebration of generosity for our ninth year in a row,' Blumberg said. 'We are thrilled to really shine a light on those organizations.'” [Read more.]
Policy and a Pint®
The Caregiving Sandwich: Caring for older adults and children in Minnesota
Join the Citizens League and 89.3 The Current on December 5th, 2017 at Midpointe Event Center. According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of people 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060. In Minnesota, the height of the age boom will take place at the same time that the growth in the labor force—a key ingredient for economic growth—drops to almost zero. This unprecedented demographic shift will have an impact on all levels of public policy, from Social Security and Medicare to employment productivity and scholastic achievement. [Read more.]
As we in the Northern Hemisphere transition into the new, yet familiar, rhythms that fall brings, it's a ripe time for (re-)connection. In the weeks ahead, join Minnesota Rising at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2017 annual conference during the "Identity and Professional Development: Supporting Early-Career Professionals of Color" session and/or LOCUS at our next Family Dinner on October 4 to check in on and with one another. Whether at one of these events or another among those listed in this month's Dispatch, we hope you'll heed the calls for action, community-building, and taking steps to build the world we want to reap this harvest season.
2017 Civic Celebration
Rub elbows with other politically interested Minnesotans, catch up with old friends, meet new and interesting people – and have a good time doing it – at our annual Civic Celebration! Come for the social hour with complimentary bites, cash bar, and lively meet-and-greet, and stay for our program where we'll honor two civic trailblazers: Dr. Josie Johnson and Susan Kimberly. Our honorees this year have shown how an individual person can blaze a path that has ripple effects throughout the generations. We hope you can join us Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 5:30 at the Minneapolis Event Center! " [Read more.]
Young Professional Networking Event
Ann Bancroft Foundation
The blending of giving back to the community and career advancement is a natural combination; especially here in Minnesota. The Ann Bancroft Foundation invites Twin Cities professionals ages 22-35 to explore the power of philanthropy for donors and recipients, the importance of mentor relationships and how to integrate those two components into your career adventure. We will also share how the Ann Bancroft Foundation is beginning that education early for Minnesota girls through our grant and mentorship programs. 7:30am - 9:00am at Securian Club at CHS Field on Thursday, October 12. [Read more.]
It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race 2017
YWCA of Minneapolis
Minnesota communities struggle with some of the nation's worst racial disparities. This year's event will feature Sun Yung Shin, editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, a provocative book where 16 of Minnesota's best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota. Shin will facilitate and guide a panel discussion regarding current concerns in our community with seven contributors from the book. Over 1,000 diverse leaders from business, education, arts and community service will come together on Tuesday, October 17 from 11:30am - 1:30pm to move Minnesota forward through honest conversation about race. [Read more.]
Make It. MSP. Summit
You Make It. MSP.
Make It. MSP. is You. You make the region what it is and you will be critical to shaping its future. Whether you've been working on the inititiave with us since the beginning, or are wanting to learn more about how to get involved, join us as we celebrate YOU and showcase how it takes everyone coming together to make our region stronger. We invite you to dig in deeper and continue on the journey with us as we shape what's to come. Friday, October 27 from 12:15pm - 6:30pm at TCF Bank Stadium. [Read more.]