Friday, July 31, 2015
[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] July 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Accepting Applications: Wilder Foundation Neighborhood Leadership Program
Wilder Foundation is recruiting applicants for the next Neighborhood Leadership Program cohort. If you live, work, or play in Saint Paul, consider taking part in this opportunity to develop your skills and enhance your ability to act on important community issues. Learn more below and consider applying by the September 9th deadline!
Challenge yourself . . . Enhance your leadership skills . . .
Learn how history can inform actions of today.
Help make the goals & dreams of your community a reality!
Join the Neighborhood Leadership Program
If you live, volunteer or work in a Saint Paul neighborhood, and want to connect with others who make a difference in their community, then this opportunity is for you! NLP is an in-depth program bringing together diverse leaders from across the community to develop skills and promote effective action.
Program runs September 2015–February 2016Session Topics Include:
• Understanding Your Leadership Style
• Working Inclusively in Neighborhoods
• Navigating Systems
• Networking for Effective Action
• Drawing on Community History to Inform Your Current Work
The NLP staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us at NLP@wilder.org or by calling Chalonne Wilson at 651-280-2653. You can also learn more by visiting our website at www.wilder.org/nlp.html.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
[Recommended reading] University, millennials collaborate for talent research in Greater Minnesota counties
We're excited that our Greater Minnesota Rising project continues to gain traction and interest across the state. Check out the latest coverage in the Walker Pilot-Independent to learn more about the effort to attract and retain next generation leaders in northwestern Minnesota!
University, millennials collaborate for talent research in Greater Minnesota counties
Posted: Saturday, July 18, 2015 7:00 am
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ST. PAUL — Minnesota Rising, a group of millennial generation leaders, and the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) are supporting a project to study how North Central and West Central Minnesota communities might better attract and retain young professionals.
The project, dubbed Greater Minnesota Rising, won a grant from the Mary J. Page Community-University Partnership Fund, which is advised by RSDP, to support Humphrey School of Public Affairs student Brooke McManigal, who will research the region’s assets and challenges related to workforce needs and community vitality.
“Minnesota Rising is a network of emerging leaders working to build relationships, trust, and a shared vision for the future,” said Diane Tran, the organization’s founder. “We’re excited to partner with these communities in Greater Minnesota to help ensure shared prosperity for all Minnesotans.”
The project is based on the hopeful work of University of Minnesota Extension researcher Ben Winchester, who showed that, despite a net migration of recent high school graduates from rural areas, some parts of Greater Minnesota have recently experienced a “brain gain” of people between the ages of 30-49.
That work makes sense to Minnesota Rising member Chet Bodin, a state labor analyst who moved to Nisswa a year ago and helped organize Greater Minnesota Rising. “To many folks, our part of the state carries a lot of sentimental value, summertime on the lakes, family vacations, and so on,” he said. “But the level of innovation and economic ingenuity is also remarkable; our region is not only a fun place to visit, but a fine area to make a life.”
The project will involve communities and people in Cass, Crow Wing, Todd, Wadena, Morrison, Clay, Becker, Wilkin, Otter Tail, Grant, Douglas, Stevens, Pope, and Traverse counties through November and develop recommendations for engaging local emerging leaders and community organizations around future workforce needs, broadening of the tax base, and talent attraction in light of the area’s changing demographics.
“The next generation of leaders in Greater Minnesota will be asked to step up in new ways — to care for an aging population, to lead civic life, and to help their communities to transition in the new economy,” said Bodin. “This project will engage emerging leaders in a space and process to unpack how we can prepare for the opportunities and challenges quickly approaching our communities.”
The Greater Minnesota Rising project is the second to be supported by the Mary Page Community-University Partnership Fund, established by family and friends of former Olivia Mayor, Renville County Commissioner, and University of Minnesota Regent Mary Page (1934-2013). It is being conducted in collaboration with Raising The Bar LLC, with additional support from Central RSDP, the West Central Initiative Foundation, and the Initiative Foundation of Little Falls, MN, and UMN Community Assistance Program (CURA/CAP), which matches student researchers with Greater Minnesota communities and organizations, and administers student support.
“The Greater Minnesota Rising project is a great example of how the University can connect to vital community needs,” said CRSDP Executive Director Molly Zins of Pequot Lakes. “We look forward to the project’s findings for our region and what they might mean for demographic challenges throughout Greater Minnesota.”
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Accepting Applications: Native Nation Rebuilders Program
The Bush Foundation is recruiting applicants for the seventh cohort of its Native Nation Rebuilders Program. Developed for citizens of the 23 Native nations in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, the program engages 30 "Rebuilders" to participate in a two-year program. Learn more below and consider applying by the August 27th deadline!
Monday, July 27, 2015
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“People often say that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder."
Friday, July 24, 2015
You're Invited: Board Repair Board Recruitment Fair
Are you a person of color interested in making an impact in the nonprofit sector by joining a board of directors? Is your nonprofit interested in diversifying its board? Come to the first ever Board Recruitment Fair, August 3, 6-8pm at Hamline University. We hope to have 100 organizations and a few hundred people of color seeking to join boards.
Spaces for organizations and individuals are still available!
Please pre-register for this free event so we are prepared for you! More details in rsvp links:
For individual registration: http://tinyurl.com/
For organizations: http://tinyurl.com/
We hope to see you there!
Please share widely!
This event is organized by Board Repair, a network of people of color supporting people of color on non-profit boards and committees in the Twin Cities. We achieve our mission by collaborating with others to host gatherings, trainings, and group mentorship. For this event, we are pleased to have assistance in outreach and event staffing from Charities Review Council, GiveMN, Greater MSP, MAP for Nonprofits, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Minnesota Council on Foundations, Nonprofits Assistance Fund, Springboard for the Arts, The Soap Factory and others. Space generously provided by Hamline University. Hospitality generously provided by The McKnight Foundation.
Board Repair is: Jun-Li Wang and Lisa Marie Brimmer, Amelia Brown, Antonio Cardona, Marisa Carr, Christina Chang, Valerie Deus, Venessa Fuentes, Lori Greene, Daniel Le, Tou SaiKo Lee, Bekka Merrill, Anne Jin Soo Preston, Carissa Samaniego, Nicole Smith, Erik Takeshita
Thursday, July 23, 2015
You're Invited | 40 & Forward: Southeast Asian Americans Rooted & Rising
The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) invites you to the "40 & Forward: Southeast Asian Americans Rooted & Rising" reception. The event will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first arrivals of Southeast Asian American refugees and immigrants to Minnesota. Learn more about this unique part of our state's history and celebrate the vibrant Cambodian, Hmong, Lao, and Vietnamese communities in Minnesota today!
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
You're Invited | Visibility & Voice: The Power of Unity
The Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) are building a path forward to ensure Asian Minnesotans are thriving. Join them this Saturday to hear about what their education and economics working groups have been learning and to help determine the path forward. Register today to learn, connect, and act alongside CAAL!
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
You're Invited: VoteRunLead Self Care & Leadership Training
VoteRunLead understands that in order to be courageous and lead from a place of strength, one must invest in self-care. Join Dr. LG Shanklin-Flowers for a day-long workshop for women leaders who are passionate about creating change in their communities. See below for more event details and be sure to save your seat today!
Self Care & Leadership Training with Dr. LG Shanklin-Flowers
African Development Center, Minneapolis, MN
7/25/15, 10:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Join VoteRunLead in Minneapolis for a day-long training with women who are passionate about creating positive change in their communities and have aspirations of stepping into leadership roles.
See familiar faces or meet new ones. Step into a space that is dedicated to uplifting and encouraging women’s community and political leadership! Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of self-care and tools for implementing new self-care practices in daily life. This Self-Care and Leadership workshop is being presented by VoteRunLead and will feature Dr. LG Shanklin-Flowers from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The training will start at 10am and end at 4pm at the African Development Center of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Lunch is included and will be provided by Afro Deli.
Need a scholarship?
We have a very limited number of scholarships available for registration only. Contact Liz at liz[at]voterunlead.org for more information.
About Dr. LG Shanklin-Flowers
Dr. Shanklin-Flowers is the founder and principal consultant of InReach where she provides consultation and workshops in the areas of women-centered self-care, leadership development, diversity management, inclusion/cultural competency, anti-oppression and building alliances.. She is a former Executive Director of Public Allies Milwaukee, an AmeriCorps apprenticeship program committed to advancing new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation. Prior to that she served as a Program officer at the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee where she oversaw their social justice grant making program, worked closely with the women of color constituent funds and founded the Women of Color Fundraisers Network. Additionally, she has lent her talents to Cardinal Stritch University’s Leadership Center, the city-wide Black Infant Mortality Project, Life Course Initiative for Healthy Families, the Reproductive Justice Collective, and the YWCA’s Everytown Youth Leadership Camp. Known for her pioneering efforts within the developing field of cultural diversity, Dr. Shanklin-Flowers has led organizations and hundred of groups through the sensitive areas of organizational change, intercultural understanding, and diversity management. She was recognized for her diligent and courageous promotion of racial justice when she became a recipient of the YWCA of SE Wisconsin Racial Justice Award. In 2011, she received their Empowering Women Award. She was also a United to End Racism (UER) NGO delegate to the 2001 World Conference against Racism, Xenophobia and Other Intolerances in Durban, South Africa and then led the UER delegations at three White Privilege Conferences in the Midwest. Dr. Shanklin-Flowers received her doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning & Service from Cardinal Stritch University and wrote her dissertation on The Self-Care Perceptions and Practices of Contemporary Black Women Leaders.
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