Session 19 – 100 Rural Women Connecting

November 16, 2021; 2:30 – 4:00 pm Hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian, moderated by Teresa Kittridge. 100 Rural Women is creating connections and inspiring leadership across the state. Join us for story-sharing with women leading the way to affect positive change for rural people and places. They all approach their work with passion, creativity, strength andContinue reading “Session 19 – 100 Rural Women Connecting”

Session 18 – Resettlement of Afghan Evacuees, An Overview of Federal and State Responses with Rachele King

October 19, 2021; 2:30 – 4:00 pm Hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian and Pablo Obregon, moderated by Rachele King. In this session we heard an overview of the federal “Operation Allies Welcome” effort to provide protection and safety to Afghans, including the steps people have/will go through to gain refuge in the U.S. We learned aboutContinue reading “Session 18 – Resettlement of Afghan Evacuees, An Overview of Federal and State Responses with Rachele King”

Session 17 – TRUE Reflection on the Past, Present, and Future with TRUE Partners: Julie Hawker, Lisa Hinz, Pablo Obregon, Kevin Lindsey and Bernadine Joselyn

September 21, 2021; 2:30 – 4:00 pm Hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian, with TRUE Partners: Julie Hawker, Lisa Hinz, Pablo Obregon, Kevin Lindsey & Bernadine Joselyn. Happy 1st Anniversary to all of us in the community of TRUE Tuesdays! In this session we reflected together on the first full year of TRUE Tuesdays – what we’reContinue reading “Session 17 – TRUE Reflection on the Past, Present, and Future with TRUE Partners: Julie Hawker, Lisa Hinz, Pablo Obregon, Kevin Lindsey and Bernadine Joselyn”

Session 16 – Immigrant and Diverse Workforce Solutions in Central MN with Della Ludwig, Tammy Biery, Sahur Hussein and Mahado Ali

August 17, 2021; 2:30 – 4:00 pm Hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian, moderated by Della Ludwig with Tammy Biery, Sahur Hussein, and Mahado Ali. In this session we learned how Central MN is engaging employers and immigrant job seekers through diverse workforce solutions. We heard an overview of the region’s diverse populations and hiring trends andContinue reading “Session 16 – Immigrant and Diverse Workforce Solutions in Central MN with Della Ludwig, Tammy Biery, Sahur Hussein and Mahado Ali”

Session 14 – Understanding Relationships with Sovereign Nations in Minnesota Part 1: History Deep Dive with Fawn Sampson and Jay Schlender

July 6, 2021; 2:30 – 4:00 pm Hosted by Kevin Lindsey, moderated by Fawn Sampson and Jay Schlender In this session we took an in-depth dive into the history of relationships between Sovereign Nations and Minnesota, and the impact on communities. This conversation set the stage for understanding this complex relationship and utilizing tools toContinue reading “Session 14 – Understanding Relationships with Sovereign Nations in Minnesota Part 1: History Deep Dive with Fawn Sampson and Jay Schlender”

Session 13 – Colored Lines: A Story of Race in Itasca County with Becky LaPlant, Karen Noyce, Carolyn Eck and Joan Gunderman

June 15, 2021; 2:30 – 4:00 pm Hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian, moderated by Becky LaPlant with Karen Noyce, Carolyn Eck, and Joan Gunderman The Grand Rapids-based Community Action Team has spent the last two years screening and facilitating conversations about the locally produced film, Colored Lines. The film explores challenges faced by black, Indigenous, andContinue reading “Session 13 – Colored Lines: A Story of Race in Itasca County with Becky LaPlant, Karen Noyce, Carolyn Eck and Joan Gunderman”

Session 12 – Building an Inclusive Economy in Greater MN with Chet Bodin, Laura Marsolek and Jessica Miller

May 25, 2021; 2:30 – 4:00 pm Hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian In this session we learned how rural communities are reframing the value of immigrant workers in their area. Jessica Miller, Chet Bodin and Laura Marsolek shared about the work taking place in the Brainerd area through the I-WE program.   A Community Workforce Inclusion Council (CWIC) brings together a diverseContinue reading “Session 12 – Building an Inclusive Economy in Greater MN with Chet Bodin, Laura Marsolek and Jessica Miller”

Session 11 – Better Together: Stories of a Whole-Community Response to Countering Hate: Project F.I.N.E. moderated by Bernadine Joselyn with Fatima Said and Katie van Eijl

May 4, 2021; 2:30 – 4:00 pm Hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian How is your community organizing to welcome strangers and ensure everyone feels safe and welcome? In the Southeast corner of the state, Project FINE is working to build a community where all residents feel welcomed, respected, and valued. Their work focuses on connecting refugeesContinue reading “Session 11 – Better Together: Stories of a Whole-Community Response to Countering Hate: Project F.I.N.E. moderated by Bernadine Joselyn with Fatima Said and Katie van Eijl”

Session 10 – Sharing YOUR Rural Narrative moderated by Dawn Espe with Anna Claussen, Ashley Hanson, Jane Leonard and Monica Segura-Schwartz

April 13, 2021, hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian Partners at Region Five Development Commission, Growth & Justice, Voices for Rural Resilience and Department of Public Transformation share how they use storytelling to help deepen the understanding of what local residents are doing on a daily basis to advance equity and anti-racism work in their communities, and toContinue reading “Session 10 – Sharing YOUR Rural Narrative moderated by Dawn Espe with Anna Claussen, Ashley Hanson, Jane Leonard and Monica Segura-Schwartz”

Session 9 – Healing in Equity Work Part 3: Organizational and Systemic Implications and Applications with Camille Caster-Cyprian

March 23, 2021, hosted by Kevin Lindsey Systemic and structural racism present within our organizations contribute to the harm and trauma of people with marginalized identities. Part 3 of the Healing in Equity series explored how healing justice can be applied and operationalized within organizational equity work. We translate knowledge from the individual body toContinue reading “Session 9 – Healing in Equity Work Part 3: Organizational and Systemic Implications and Applications with Camille Caster-Cyprian”