Friday, September 30, 2016

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] September 2016

[#mnrising Dispatch] September 2016

Minnesota has a storied history of ranking high nationally in levels of voting and volunteerism. And you can be a part of continuing that trend. 38 days remain until Election Day 2016 - are you registered to vote? This month featured National Voter Registration Day on September 27, so here's your timely reminder to update your registration if needed and to vote early if desired. You can register online through the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office. In the meantime, check out the events below and in the sidebar for upcoming opportunities to build community and connect to changemaking initiatives!

Fall Family Dinners

LOCUS invites you to Family Dinner this fall! Looking for an opportunity to connect and dialogue with other emerging leaders of color and Native emerging leaders around issues of code-switching, microaggressions, and intersectionality? Want to share your personal experiences and hear others' stories and perspectives about race, culture, and identity? Join LOCUS for a series of informal, intimate conversations over meals at ethnic- and minority-owned restaurants across the Twin Cities. Together we'll support local small businesses, engage in building relationships and trust across our diverse cultures, and participate in the self-reflection and collective exploration necessary for developing Identity-Driven Leadership. Save the date(s) from 5:30pm - 7:30pm on Mondays: October 10 and 24, November 14 and 28, and December 5 and 12! *LOCUS will provide light appetizers but participants are responsible for the costs of any additional meals and beverages. [More information.]

Submit your 5 Minutes in Hell proposal

YNPN Twin Cities

Have a story to tell? Come show us what you've got at Five Minutes in Hell, YNPN-Twin Cities’ annual story night where you, our members, take the stage and wow us with your stories. Through quick, fun, five-minute presentations, you'll sharpen your speaking skills while sharing insights with your fellow YNPNers. We're descending deep underground on October 27 to Honey in Minneapolis. This year's theme is Transformation! The guidelines: Presentation must be 5 minutes. You will be timed (and burned to ashes if necessary). Your presentation should be accompanied by a slide deck—PowerPoint, Prezi, etc. You must be a member to submit a proposal. Hint: Membership is free. Make it something fun and tailored to the wants, needs, and interests of YNPN's membership. Submit your proposal by October 5! [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Celebrating 125 Years - Open House
YWCA Minneapolis
Saturday, October 2
10:00am - 2:00pm
YWCA Downtown

Strengthening Your Leadership Presence
Monday, October 3
5:30pm - 8:00pm
The University Club of St. Paul

Policy and A Pint: Moving Our Mental Health System Forward
Citizens League and 89.3 The Current
Wednesday, October 5
Minneapolis Event Center

The challenge of law enforcement and communities of color understanding each other and working together
Insights & Trends Seminar
Friday, October 7
9:00am - 12:00pm
Hamline University

Ordinary Magic Dessert-and-Dance Party
Wilder Foundation
Friday, October 7
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Union Depot

Make It. MSP. Summit
Monday, October 10
2:00pm - 7:00pm
Guthrie Theater

Minneapolis Idea eXchange (MiX)
2016 MiX
Wednesday, October 14
4:30pm - 7:30pm
Brave New Workshop

2016 IDEA Summit
Minnesota International NGOs Network
Friday, October 21
7:30am - 4:15pm
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

10th Anniversary Party
The LEAD Project
Saturday, October 22
9:00pm - 1:00am

Coalition of Somali American Leaders
Thursday, October 22
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Minneapolis Event Center
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] August 2016

[#mnrising Dispatch] August 2016

A change of seasons approaches, marked by familiar traditions like first weeks back to school, the Minnesota State Fair, campaign ads during a presidential election year as well as a continual and ever-urgent need to find ways to connect and build trust amidst a larger sense of community change, grief, and growth. We invite you to consider the upcoming events and opportunities in this edition of the #mnrising Dispatch to explore issues of race, politics, community, and leadership with local organizations, including convenings with Minnesota Rising and LOCUS later this month. In the way that the autumn air and fall colors urge a rich, more reflective pace, we offer you a stirring quote from Iyanla Vanzant: “It’s time for you to move, realizing that the thing you are seeking is also seeking you.”

2016 Connect MSP Survey for Professionals of Color

Make It. MSP.
Welcome to the 2016 Connect MSP survey for professionals of color. This is an effort of Make It. MSP. – a collaborative initiative of GREATER MSP, the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bush Foundation and dozens of other partners. We are passionate about making this region a great place for professionals of color to come, stay and thrive because the future of our community and economy depends on it. Please take or share our survey to help us hear from professionals of color throughout MSP about what makes us strong today and how we can get even better. Upon completion of the survey, you will be able to enter into a drawing for gift cards as a thank you. In the words of Maya Angelou, “Make every effort to change the things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you’ve been thinking. You might find a new solution.” [Take survey.]

The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Thursday, September 22
4:00 - 5:15pm

The 2016 election is drawing near, and millennials have just begun to test their political clout. Recent polls report that the younger generation views the GOP as outdated and unresponsive. How can the Republican party stay true to conservative sensibilities while attracting the attention of millennial voters? Leading Republican pollster, Kristen Soltis Anderson, teams up with prominent Republican strategist Vin Weber to examine shifting voter demographics in the 2016 election and offer key insights on how Republicans can keep up. Anderson's new book titled, The Selfie Vote: Where Millenials Are Leading America(HarperCollins, 2015) will be available for purchase and signing after the event. [Read more.]

Accepting 2017 Bush Fellowship Applications

Bush Foundation

From August 30 through September 29 the Bush Foundation will accept applications for the 2017 Bush Fellowship! The Bush Fellowship is a recognition of extraordinary achievement and a bet on extraordinary potential. It provides transformative experiences to people with the potential to advance our region. A Bush Fellow has a record of accomplishment and wants to make an even bigger impact in their community. Since 1965, over 2,200 individuals from MN, ND, SD and the 23 Native nations sharing that geography have done just that. Bush Fellows determine what they need to become more effective leaders and receive a grant of up to $100,000 to make it happen. Do you see yourself or someone in your network as a potential Fellow? [Read more.]

Volunteer as a Tutor with Reading Partners

Reading Partners Twin Cities

Reading Partners is a national nonprofit dedicated to closing the achievement gap by helping elementary students from low-income communities boost their reading confidence and competence. Reading Partners Twin Cities is seeking volunteer tutors in elementary schools for the 2015-16 school year. Our volunteers make a lifelong impact on a child who struggles with reading.
- Give as little as one hour a week (we welcome more, if you are able)!
- Flexible weekday volunteer times are available.
- Follow a highly effective, structured and easy-to-use curriculum.
- No formal teaching experience is required.
See a full list of tutoring locations across Minneapolis and St. Paul or email us for information. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

A New Direction for Race Relations in America With Gary Cunningham
HHH School
Wednesday, September 7
12:00pm - 1:15pm
Humphrey Forum

Program Planning HH
Monday, September 12
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Green Spoon Cafe

Explore Downtown Living
Minneapolis Downtown Council
Saturday, September 17
10:00am - 5:00pm

September Sounding Board Session
Minnesota Rising
Monday, September 19
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Beyond the “Minnesota Miracle”—Suppressed Stories & Solutions
IAS Collaborative on Well-being in the Midwest African Diaspora
Thursday, September 22

What You Don't Know Really CAN Hurt You Campaign Laws & Campaign Finance
Citizens League
Tuesday, September 27
Doors: 5:30pm; Program: 6pm
Minneapolis Event Center

Co-creating the Future of our City: Drivers of Change in MSP
Tuesday, September 27
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Impact Hub MSP

An Evening To Highlight Professional Of Color Affinity Groups
Thursday, September 29
6:00pm - 8:00pm
H White Men's Room

Destination MSP
Thursday, September 29
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Science Museum of Minnesota
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] July 2016

[#mnrising Dispatch] July 2016

Together with so many other Minnesotans, we are grieving the loss of trust, hope, and life that our community has experienced so profoundly this month. At this time, caring for ourselves and one another, in order to create connection where there may be a sense of isolation and to feel gratitude when the amount of loss can seem overwhelming, is critical to being able to move forward in addressing inequity at all levels. Moving forward, it is clear that we need more capacity and skills to lead in this time - the ability to hold multiple contradictory and coexisting realities, a nuanced understanding of institutional power and intersectional lives, an open-hearted curiosity that seeds generative questions and possibilities, and personal and community resilience to grow and sustain over time. May we acknowledge and respect the life of our fallen fellow Millennial Minnesotan, Philando, by committing to increasing our donations, conversations, advocacy, and showing up, particularly in this election year (in the spirit of Keeping It 100 in Minnesota). #RestInPower

MSP Welcome Survey

MSP Welcome
Whether you have lived in Minneapolis-Saint Paul for one day or many years, the people of this region welcome you. A team of your neighbors from companies, community organizations, colleges and universities, and elsewhere is working together through Make It. MSP. to learn more about your experience moving to MSP so we can do better. MSP Welcome is a chance to hear from you. This survey was designed using insight that 50 newcomers shared in a series of discussions earlier this year. Make It. MSP. aims to take what you share with us to work harder and smarter to welcome and integrate new residents from around the world. The survey should take roughly 15 minutes of your time to help make a major impact in MSP. At the end of the survey you'll be given an option to enter for a chance to win Target gift cards and tickets to this summer’s TEDxMinneapolis festival. Thank you for sharing your insight! [Take survey.]

Nominate: Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans

JCI Minnesota
Since 1950 the Minnesota Jaycees have acknowledged the efforts and accomplishments of young adults who have contributed to our state through their service, thought and influence, community involvement, or entrepreneurship. The Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans program is Minnesota’s only statewide recognition program for outstanding young leaders. The program acknowledges the efforts of individuals between the ages of 18 and 40. Past recipients include some very well-known names: Vice President Walter Mondale, Senator Dave Durenberger, and Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield just to name a few. At this time JCI Minnesota is still accepting nominations for TOYM. Nominations are due no later than August 1, 2016. [Read more.]

Summer 4Play

Make It. MSP.

Minnesota's four seasons offer plenty of opportunities 4Play. Join us for Summer 4Play when we return to Fort Snelling State Park on July 30 between 11:00am - 4:00pm. 4Play provides a safe space where experimentation is encouraged. Try a new activity for the first time or stick with a trusty favorite that works for you - there's no wrong way to do it. Dozens of outdoor activities – from simple to extreme – will be coordinated into a regional play day. Every activity will be staffed by a local organization so anyone can learn how to safely participate. Fun people from all over MSP will come together at Snelling Lake Beach at historic Fort Snelling for Summer 4Play. We'll canoe, hike, bike, eat, dance, laugh and make new friends! All for FREE! Join us! All that's required is you and an open mind. [Read more.]

Board Recruitment Fair for People of Color

Board Repair

Are you a person of color looking to join a board or a nonprofit organization in the Twin Cities seeking to diversify your board of directors? Join Board Repair and partners to table at the second annual Board Recruitment Fair on August 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Oxford Community Center (also known as Jimmy Lee Recreation Center). Our goal is to introduce hundreds of people of color with various skills and backgrounds who are interested in joining boards to potential board openings. Please feel free to come with friends – invite them! Come for the whole time or just a bit. We will also provide light refreshments and are planning to have some fun prizes! [Read more.]


News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

MSP Mingle: Connecting Twin Cities Professionals
Tuesday, August 2
5:30pm - 8:00pm

America's Global Leadership Forum Lunch
Thursday, August 4
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown

The Voting Booth Chronicles: Post-Conventional Wisdom
Tuesday, August 9
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Minneapolis Event Centers

Annual Meeting
Minnesota Women's Consortium
Wednesday, August 10
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Minnesota Nurses Association

Food/Ag/Beverage Pitch Slam
Minnesota Cup
Thursday, August 11
4:30pm - 7:30pm
Minneapolis Event Centers

Independent Sector National Conference Scholarships
Bush Foundation
Application Deadline: August 12

Cafe Conversations
YNPN Twin Cities
Saturday, August 13
Cafes across the Twin Cities

Annual Lunch Celebration 2016
Twin Cities Business Peer Network
Wednesday, August 17
11:30am - 1:30pm
Olive Garden St. Louis Par

Board Recruitment Fair for People of Color
Board Repair
Wednesday, August 17
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Oxford Community Center

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] June 2016

[#mnrising Dispatch] June 2016

As this election year continues to heat up, we were excited last week to host a powerful event in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio's Generation Listen entitled, "Keeping It 100: Politics In Your Community," highlighting the unique civic pathways of four young Minnesota changemakers. Check out event photos online and watch for more news next month to access the broadcast or podcast featuring Nevada Littlewolf, Luis Moreno, Abeer Syedah, Kevin Vollmers, and moderated by MPR's Doualy Xaokaothao! Summer boasts ever more ways to get involved and connected to creating civic change across the state (check out the news from the network column at right for some ideas) and is also the perfect time to unwind as a resident and simply enjoy Minnesota's arts, parks, lakes, concerts, recreation, foods-on-sticks, and more with family and friends. In all cases, enjoy the sunshine and celebration of our shared natural resources and community capital!

May 10 Identity-Driven Leadership Workshop Recap

The Ashlees
On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Minnesota Rising and sister initiative, LOCUS, hosted an identity-driven leadership workshop as a part of this year’s BushCONNECT. More than 50 people spent the day immersed in thoughtful reflection and courageous conversations about race, ranging from strategies for self-care and community healing to unpacking the meaning of allyship and empowerment. To get the day started, facilitators led participants through a series of brief exercises to emphasize individual identity exploration and active listening as the foundation for the day’s work. Aeriel and Kyle Ashlee, of Ashlee Consulting LLC, helped frame the day-long program with a story-centered lens, encouraging participants to speak from their own lived experience and value the gift of bearing witness to others’ stories. [Read more.]

Free July Trainings for People of Color

Board Repair

Board Repair is hosting two July trainings for people of color interested in nonprofit board service or already serving on boards! Those serving on their first nonprofit board or wanting to better understand nonprofit board service before committing to serve on a board can attend the Board Basics Boot Campon July 13. You'll learn typical board responsibilities, identify the nuances of board authority and relationships, and discuss how you would respond to specific board scenarios. Those who are already serving on a nonprofit board may benefit from intermediate Fundamentals of Nonprofit Finance on July 27. Become more comfortable with nonprofit finance by walking through real nonprofit examples and reports that will help you understand jargon, accounting rules, roles and responsibilities, and procedures and policies. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) Application Deadline: Friday, July 1 at Midnight CST

Lean Startup Xena Style: Customer Discovery
Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship
Friday, July 8
8:00am - 10:00am
Carlson School of Management

2016 Fellows Fundraiser Brunch
New Leaders Council
Saturday, July 9
11:00am - 2:00pm
Darby's Pub and Grill

Second Tuesday Networking
Tuesday, July 12
4:30pm - 7:00pm
UNION Restaurant

#MakeItMSP at Bastille Day Block Party
Newcomer Nosh
Sunday, July 17
4:00pm - 8:00pm

Policy and a Pint: Next Generation Leaders - Young Minnesotans Serving Public Office
Citizens League & 89.3 The Current
Tuesday, July 19
Doors: 5:30pm Program: 6:00pm
Minneapolis Events Center

#92: Social Media Case Studies
Friday, July 22, 2016
8:00am - 10:00am
514 Studios

Broach the Subject: An Evening with Cheryl Strayed
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
Tuesday, July 26
5:00pm - 8:30pm
Solar Arts by Chowgirls
Copyright © 2016 Minnesota Rising, All rights reserved.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Minnesota Rising & LOCUS: 5/10 Identity-Driven Leadership Workshop Recap

Sketchpad journaling by participant, Cori Lin (IG: Used with permission.

On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Minnesota Rising and sister initiative, LOCUS, hosted an identity-driven leadership workshop as a part of this year’s BushCONNECT. More than 50 people spent the day immersed in thoughtful reflection and courageous conversations about race, ranging from strategies for self-care and community healing to unpacking the meaning of allyship and empowerment. To get the day started, facilitators led participants through a series of brief exercises to emphasize individual identity exploration and active listening as the foundation for the day’s work. Aeriel and Kyle Ashlee, of Ashlee Consulting LLC, helped frame the day-long program with a story-centered lens, encouraging participants to speak from their own lived experience and value the gift of bearing witness to others’ stories.

Participants spent a majority of the day split into companion tracks, one track for self-identified people of color and indigenous/native communities and the other track for people who self-identified as white/of european-descent. These separate but concurrent sessions enabled participants to delve more deeply into the nuances of engaging in race-related power and privilege work from different racial perspectives. In the white/european-descent track, participants explored concepts related to whiteness and discussed the importance of using privilege to dismantle systems of oppression. In the people of color/indigenous track, participants focused on restorative practices and ways to cope with and heal from racism. Both tracks also spent time learning about wellness practices, such as meditation, tai chi, and intentional breathing to help work through moments of tension that can inevitably arise when delving to difficult topics like race and racism.

One of the most powerful moments of the day came during the lunch performance from Blackout, Minneapolis’ all-Black male improv group. To engage the audience in their creative process, Blackout invited participants to anonymously write down questions about race that hadn’t yet been answered in the day’s program. All the anonymously penned questions were thrown into a hat and drawn at random. One of the questions drawn focused on the use of the n-word; when it might be appropriate to use and what communities are/are not “allowed” to use it. As one of the members of Blackout read the question aloud, he elected to say the full word. Immediately, a stiffness radiated throughout room as participants sat on the edge of their seats cautiously curious about how the improv team would take on this contentious topic.

What was most powerful about this climactic moment was not the specifics of any one person’s response to the posed question or the arrival at a collective or universal decision about the use of the n-word. The most powerful and pivotal moment of the day happened after the Blackout performance, when a woman participating in the self-identified indigenous and leaders of color track bravely voiced her discomfort with and disappointment in the sketch. Through tears, she named the pain and triggering she experienced by the repeated use of the n-word throughout the performance. She expressed her deep frustration and anger that even in a space dedicated to advancing conversations on race and racism, she had to endure such a common and brutal microaggression. The tension in the room was palpable. And yet everyone stayed present. In a wonderful embodiment of the purpose and goal of the identity-driven workshop, participants compassionately and gracefully heard the woman out; empowering her voice and supporting her well-being.

Calling upon some of the wellness and self-care skills learned earlier in the day, everyone took a couple of collective deep breaths together acknowledging the historical pain and complexity of honestly and vulnerably talking about race in a mixed-race group. Rather than retreating from emotionalism or responding defensively, we stayed engaged. We sat in the discomfort. We acknowledged each other’s truths and lived experiences, and we were able to go deeper as a result. While dismantling systemic racism will most certainly require more than a one-day workshop, this day dedicated to identity-driven leadership was a great start. An important and necessary first step for community leaders to come together, share stories, gain greater insight, develop empathy, and begin to build the necessary relationships for making real racial progress in Minnesota.

More sketchpad journaling from Cori Lin.
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