Monday, March 30, 2015

The question

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” 
-Ayn Rand

Friday, March 27, 2015

You're Invited: May The Workforce Be With You Policy and a Pint!

They're having fun, but they're not fooling - join 89.3 The Current and the Citizens League for the upcoming Policy and a Pint on April 1: May the Workforce Be With You. Tackling topics related to attracting and retaining a strong workforce and managing demographic transitions in the years ahead, this conversation is pertinent to myriad Minnesotans. Read below for more details and to save your seat!

Policy and a Pint®: May The Workforce Be With You
Tickets are on sale now for our next Policy and a Pint® on Wednesday, April 1. 

What makes a job attractive to a potential employee? If you asked your dad or your grandfather, the answer might be simple: good pay, excellent benefits, opportunities for advancement. With today's younger generation though, you might hear things like "location in a vibrant or artistic city" to "ethical business practices" or even "yoga over the lunch hour." When a company or an industry wants to attract and retain a strong workforce, how do they make themselves appealing to baby boomers and millennials alike? And how do companies in Minnesota plan to do it, faced with our unique needs and challenges in the next few decades? We'll ask these and other questions at our next Policy and a Pint®: May The Workforce Be With You: Attracting The Workers Minnesota Needs for the 21st Century.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Varsity Theater
1308 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Map)
Doors @ 5:30pm | Program @ 6pm
$10 general, $5 students with student ID
Complimentary appetizers, cash bar
Funded by Target, Policy and a Pint® is an event series cosponsored by the Citizens League and 89.3 The Current that engages people in important conversations about public policy in Minnesota.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Accepting Applications: Maya Wiley Fellowship

The Center for Social Inclusion's Maya Wiley Fellowship Program celebrates and supports grassroots leaders seeking to achieve racial equity through structurally transformative policy strategies and campaigns. In 2015, three Fellows will be selected for the one-year fellowship program providing a $25,000 stipend. Learn about the nomination process below, including the upcoming deadline of March 30!

The fellowship provides a wonderful opportunity to connect the local work to a national community of activist and policy makers who share your vision and your values.Creating those types of connections helps to build visibility and power for our movement work.
~ Linda Campbell, CSI Fellow 2014


The Maya Wiley Fellowship program celebrates and supports grassroots leaders seeking to achieve racial equity through structurally transformative policy strategies and campaigns.
The inaugural Maya Wiley Fellowship will afford the opportunity for fellows to:
  • Expand or deepen their work in the field, to advance a specific policy or strategy for creating community change at a local level;
  • Build their capacity in areas that fellows identify as a desire for growth; and
  • Leverage local, regional, and national networks to elevate their work and ideas.
This is a one-year fellowship program that provides a $25,000 stipend.   Key responsibilities of the Maya Wiley Fellowship include but are not limited to the following areas:
  • Expand or deepen a current racial equity policy or strategy idea in a way that would not otherwise be possible given current limitation on resources;
  • Utilize one or more of the following approaches: organizing/base-building work; popular education; applied research; strategic communications; project development; online organizing/activism; alternative financing practices; political, legislative, judicial, or regulatory practices.
  • Produce materials (i.e., blogs, reports, visuals, interviews) that help shape the conversation on structural racial inequity and/or implicit bias at a national level.
  • Represent CSI and CSI’s methodologies in local, regional, and national networks.


  • Fellow’s work must be related to CSI’s program areas (broadband equity, transportation equity, food equity, energy democracy/climate change, and race communications). An intersectional approach is highly welcomed;
  • Fellows must work within an existing community-based organization;
  • Fellows must demonstrate an applied structural racial equity analysis;
  • Fellows must demonstrate commitment to communities of color;
  • Fellows must be rooted in grassroots (on the ground and/or online) work that is accountable to community;
  • Fellows may be located anywhere within the United States. Traditionally, CSI’s work has been rooted in the Gulf Coast, New York, Midwest, California and Pacific Northwest.
  • Former Alston Bannerman and Racial Equity Fellows are ineligible for the Maya Wiley Fellowship.
Please note: The program is designed to support a Fellow’s existing work or expand an idea or project related to that work.


Applications are open by nomination. CSI will screen nominations and invite potential fellows to submit applications, which will be screened by committee.  We will choose a total of three Maya Wiley Fellows.
Nomination process: To nominate a potential fellow, please submit a 1-2 page letter to with the subject “Maya Wiley Fellowship”.  Please include in the letter:
  • Credentials of nominator’s experience and history in racial equity movement;
  • Nominator’s relationship to the candidate;
  • How the candidate has demonstrated leadership in their field of work and meets the fellowship criteria.
  • How the candidate brings a structural race and policy lens to assessing opportunities and challenges to achieve social justice;
  • How a CSI fellowship would effectively impact and support this candidate’s work.
Application process: Once invited to apply, potential fellows will submit an application that details the project idea or goal for their fellowship, identify how the fellowship will support their capacity to advance their work, identify areas for growth and development, and provide CSI with the skills and capacities they can bring to the fellowship program.


  • Monday, March 30: Nominations due
  • Monday, April 20th: Finalists invited to apply
  • Monday, May 5th: Deadline for final applications
  • Monday, May 25th: Final decisions and notifications
  • Monday, June 1: Announcement
Questions?  Please contact Dennis Chin at


Photo-Maya-Wiley-2009Maya Wiley is the founder and former President of the Center for Social Inclusion. Maya’s vision and commitment to communities of color and to shifting policies to address structural racial inequities paved the way for the ongoing work and vision of CSI. A civil rights attorney and policy advocate, Maya has litigated, lobbied the U.S. Congress, and developed programs to transform structural racism in the U.S. and in South Africa. Prior to founding the Center for Social Inclusion, Maya was a senior advisor on race and poverty to the Director of U.S. Programs of the Open Society Institute and helped develop and implement the Open Society Foundation – South Africa’s Criminal Justice Initiative. Maya holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Dartmouth College. She is currently counsel to the Mayor of New York City.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

You're Invited | MN Opera Presents Cabaret: Cinecittà La bohème

Still making plans for dinner and a show this weekend? The Minnesota Opera invites you to Cinecittà La bohème, featuring live music and fine foods with an air of glamour. Read on for your formal invitation and répondez s'il vous plaît!

MN Opera Presents Cabaret: Cinecittà La bohème

Date: March 28
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Aria
Description: Puccini meets Fellini in a cabaret evening with live music, fine food and 1950s Italian-Hollywood glamour. This special night of fundraising, hosted by the Donor Events Committee and Tempo, will benefit Minnesota Opera's artistic and education programs. 

Minnesota Opera's Resident Artists will take you on a captivating journey to 1950s Fellini-Rome for the "filming" of La bohème:

TAKE 1: Dinner & Performance – 6:00 p.m.
Food by D'Amico Catering; Wine hosted through intermission; Silent auction

TAKE 2: After Party – 9:00 p.m.
DJ Jonathan Ackerman closes out the Italian-themed night with a dance party celebrating life and love!

1950s Italian-Hollywood glamour (à la Anita Ekberg and Sophia Loren) attire admired, but not required.

  • General Admission: $150/person ($75 tax-deductible)
  • Tempo Member: $75/person

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Accepting Applications: MPLS Global Shapers Applications Open!

Searching for local ways to make a global impact? Consider joining the MPLS Hub of the Global Shapers. Comprised of 20 innovative and inspired young people in the Twin Cities with a shared focus on social impact, the local Hub contributes to a worldwide effort focused on collaborative youth leadership. Learn more below, and apply by March 31st!

The Minneapolis Hub of the Global Shapers is accepting applications now through March 31st. The Minneapolis Hub is currently made up of 20 outstanding young people in the Twin Cities area between the ages of 20 and 30. We work cooperatively on social impact projects locally and with other Hubs around the world.

The benefits of joining? Glad you asked:
  • Collaborating with local leaders to solve the most challenging issues facing the Twin Cities. 
  • Connecting with 4,700+ members and 400+ Hubs of the Global Shapers Community worldwide.  
  • Advanced access and opportunities for leadership in the Minnesota Social Impact Center, a partner of the Minneapolis Global Shapers and candidate of the Impact Hub global network.
  • Advancing your cause with the Global Shapers Community and World Economic Forum networks.
  • Participating in World Economic Forum events such as the Annual Meeting in Davos, regional Forum meetings, Global Agenda Councils, and others.
  • Joining Minneapolis Hub's diverse team of young innovators who support one another's personal and professional development in an effort to create a more inclusive, prosperous, and sustainable world.  
The application link is available here.

For more information visit the Minneapolis Hub's Website.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Minneapolis Hub's Membership Committee at
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