Session 21 – Healing Minnesota Stories with Rev. Pamela Ngunjiri & Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs

January 18, 2022; 2:30 – 4:00 pm Hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian, moderated by Joy Persall. In 2020 the MN Council of Churches adopted a bold initiative to move their member congregations forward in the area of racial justice. Co-Directors Rev. Pamela Ngunjiri and Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs are building a program to include truth-telling andContinue reading “Session 21 – Healing Minnesota Stories with Rev. Pamela Ngunjiri & Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs”

Session 20 – Cultural Centers as Places Where Hearts Can Meet with Mark Ritchie, Rick Smith, Wayne Dupuis, & Kevin Lindsey

December 21, 2021; 2:30 – 4:00 pm Hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian, moderated by Bernadine Joselyn. This TRUE Tuesdays offering explored historical, contemporary and imagined cultural interpretive centers in Minnesota as a resource for enhancing and preserving culture within and among groups. Mark Ritchie, President of Global Minnesota and Kevin Lindsey, CEO of the Minnesota Humanities,Continue reading “Session 20 – Cultural Centers as Places Where Hearts Can Meet with Mark Ritchie, Rick Smith, Wayne Dupuis, & Kevin Lindsey”

Session 19 – 100 Rural Women: Story-Sharing with Rural Women Leading the Way to a More Equitable Future with Dani Pieratos, Delaine Anderson, Jasmine Terry, & Erin Schutte Wadzinski

November 16, 2021; 2:30 – 4:00 pm Hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian & Joy Persall, moderated by Teresa Kittridge. 100 Rural Women is creating connections and inspiring leadership across the state. We heard story-sharing with amazing women leaders who are working to affect positive change in rural Minnesota and in their communities. They all approach theirContinue reading “Session 19 – 100 Rural Women: Story-Sharing with Rural Women Leading the Way to a More Equitable Future with Dani Pieratos, Delaine Anderson, Jasmine Terry, & Erin Schutte Wadzinski”

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. 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 about what this means forContinue 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 & Bernadine Joselyn

September 21, 2021; 2:30 – 4:00 pm Hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian. 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’re all learning and how we’re each strengthening equity in our lives and communities –Continue reading “Session 17 – TRUE Reflection on the Past, Present, and Future with TRUE Partners: Julie Hawker, Lisa Hinz, Pablo Obregon, Kevin Lindsey & Bernadine Joselyn”

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

August 17, 2021; 2:30 – 4:00 pm Hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian, moderated by Della Ludwig. 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 and learned about some of the programs Career SolutionsContinue reading “Session 16 – Immigrant and Diverse Workforce Solutions in Central MN with Tammy Biery, Sahur Hussein, & Mahado Ali”

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

July 6, 2021; 2:30 – 4:00 pm Hosted by Kevin Lindsey. 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 to build a stronger community and develop deeperContinue reading “Session 14 – Understanding Relationships with Sovereign Nations in Minnesota Part 1: History Deep Dive with Fawn Sampson & 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. with Fatima Said & Katie van Eijl

May 4, 2021; 2:30 – 4:00 pm Hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian, moderated by Bernadine Joselyn. 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 workContinue reading “Session 11 – Better Together: Stories of a Whole-Community Response to Countering Hate: Project F.I.N.E. with Fatima Said & Katie van Eijl”