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”

Session 10 – Sharing YOUR Rural Narrative with Anna Claussen, Ashley Hanson, Jane Leonard & Monica Segura-Schwartz

April 13, 2021, hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian, moderated by Dawn Espe. 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 inContinue reading “Session 10 – Sharing YOUR Rural Narrative with Anna Claussen, Ashley Hanson, Jane Leonard & 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”

Session 8 – Arts, Equity and Rural Minnesota with Cicelia Cornejo, Amoke Kubat, Mai’a Williams and Michele Anderson

March 2, 2021, hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian, moderated by Gail Anderson Working toward equity begins with embracing differences. The arts can help communities overcome resistance, open imaginations toward creative problem solving, and build empathy among different people in an area. The arts can create a sense of belonging that anchors residents to a place. InContinue reading “Session 8 – Arts, Equity and Rural Minnesota with Cicelia Cornejo, Amoke Kubat, Mai’a Williams and Michele Anderson”