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Wellness
Poverty vs Race (Rochester Metro)
Edu outcome vs Income & Immigrant Wealth gap 
Education By Race
Referral Disparities (RPS) 
RPS 2019 Referral Data

Wealth: Data courtesy of MN Compass

Health Insurance By Race

Health Insurance By Race

Obesity by Income

Obesity by Income

Diabetes by Income

Diabetes by Income

Enrichment by Income

Enrichment by Income

Mental Health by Gender

Mental Health by Gender

General Education: Data courtesy of MN Compass and Minnesota Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS)

3rd Grade Reading by income

3rd Grade Reading by income

8th grade math by income

8th grade math by income

HS School Graduation by Income

HS School Graduation by Income

% of immigrants working poor

% of immigrants working poor

Foreign Born Adults Below Poverrty

Foreign Born Adults Below Poverrty

Homeownership rate by Income

Homeownership rate by Income

RPS 2018 HS Graduation by Race

RPS 2018 HS Graduation by Race

General Trend: Data courtesy of MN Compass

3rd Grade Reading By Ethnic Group

3rd Grade Reading By Ethnic Group

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Reading

8th Grade Math By Race/Ethnic Group

8th Grade Math By Race/Ethnic Group

High School Graduation by Race

High School Graduation by Race

RPS: 4 Yr Graduation

RPS: 4 Yr Graduation

RPS 2017 HS Graduation Disparity

RPS 2017 HS Graduation Disparity

2011 Office of Civil Rights and  Beam Tracker RPS Progress

Enrollment

Enrollment

In School Suspensions by Race

In School Suspensions by Race

Out-of-School Suspensions & Expulsion

Out-of-School Suspensions & Expulsion

Retention

Retention

Calculus

Calculus

SAT/ACT

SAT/ACT

Science Enrollment

Science Enrollment

Gifted & Math

Gifted & Math

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July 14 School Board Meeting

 

MDHR Agreement

 

Presentation

 

Action Plan

 


 

From RPS School Board Feb 18, 2020 - Regular Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

2019-2020 First Semester 

Compliance Report - First Semester

 

 

 RPS Report

 

 

 

Achievement and Integration Plan Updates 2020

 

 

D&I Status/News

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DMC Transportation Plan - Circular (November 20, 2020)

DMC EDA Webinar October, 2020 and DMCC Board Voted in favor of staff recommendations 2019

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Diversity Council Newsletters with COVID-19 Info (November 20, 2020)

Inlight of all that is going on throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Diversity Council wants to remain a connector and convener for all those in need throughout our community. If you are aware of valuable information and resources, please email [email protected] and we will do our best to increase awareness.

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Co-designing of Discovery Walk Concept (November 20, 2020)

Summary of Co-design of Discovery Walk and Codify the co-design process

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Destination Medical Center (DMC) Plan 5 Year Update (November 19, 2020)

November Newsletter, 5 Year Plan Update draft, webinars on land investments, DMC status and Covid impacts. Reminder to comment on 5 year plan update 

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Mental Health Well-being During COVID (November 19, 2020)

MN Children's Cabinet Info and Info shared by April Sutor, Family Service Rochester: MDH Shared Resources: Check out MDH websites for resources on mental well-being during COVID. Sites may be updated frequently.

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Diversity Council coordinating Conservation Corp teams (November 16, 2020)

Diversity Council is coordinating an ask to the City of Rochester for Conservation Funds.  

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Diversity/Inclusion Projects
Project Phase Definitions

The following defines the various project phases:

  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
Available

Allies & Advocates
  • Diversity Council: Allies & Advocates is a community response program that nurtures and supports individuals experiencing heightened anxiety, uncertainty, or incidents of hate/bias in this challenging social and cultural climate. We have been receiving communications regularly and increasingly from individuals deeply affected by what is transpiring here in Rochester, in our state, nationally, even globally. We want to be able to field these calls with empathy and wisdom. We decided to tap our greatest resource – compassionate people.
Barbershops Creating Change in the Community
  • Barbershop Talk- South Minnesota: BCCC is a coalition of Black barbers, beauticians and owners in Minnesota who are advancing a more just Minnesota for their communities. For years, barbershops have been staples of communities as they provide both individual and collective empowerment, esteem and moral. These are spaces where people come for physical and communal transformation. At the core, barber and beauty shops foster intentional relationships with community members while also providing a service.
Build Back Better Request for Proposal
  • United Way of Olmsted County: We are issuing this Request for Proposals to establish partnerships and offer core mission support for culturally specific organizations that advance the health, education, or financial stability of communities impacted most by the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will prioritize proposals from agencies serving and led by Black, Indigenous, people of color, and immigrant/refugee communities. Proposals from agencies serving and led by other communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 are also eligible to apply.
Bystander to Upstander
  • Diversity Council: Bystander to Upstander Sessions are participatory scenario-based sessions that provide opportunities for individuals to learn about and practice responses to incidents they might encounter in business, on campus, and in their daily lives. Unlike traditional diversity training, these activity-based workshops focus on real-time interventions. The sessions include general instruction in courageous listening and observing, as well as culturally-specific insights and role-playing exercises with tips and tactics for de-escalation, respectful intervention, and accountability.
Community Center Northwest of Rochester (Empowerment Center)
  • Center City Housing: A project for homeless families in the Rochester area is seeking funding for what the planners are calling the "Empowerment Center" to be housed in a former elementary school. Center City Housing Corp., a nonprofit based in Duluth, announced Thursday that more than 80 percent of those that participated in a campaign planning study support the idea of turning the East Gage School site into a community center, to be called the Empowerment Center.
Compassion Studies
  • Rochester Community & Technical College: The new Compassion Studies (HUM 1500) course will explore compassion as a subject of academic inquiry--emphasizing both its timely and timeless aspects including notable historical traditions and thinkers, as well as contemporary figures and findings. Some key questions considered in this course include what is compassion; do humans have a duty to be compassionate; and why does compassion matter, to whom and to what? The course will also feature readings, discussions, videos, and lectures that address compassion as it relates to diverse subject areas.
ConnectUP!
  • TBD: ConnectUP! MN is a two-day, culturally grounded gathering of curated underestimated entrepreneurs and investors that: learn and share with each other, engage in relationship-building, provide best and next practices from the field, as well as engage in active problem solving to build thriving, diverse, and sustainable enterprises and co-design an ecosystem that prioritizes equitable access to resources, capital and networks.
Distant Relatives
  • TBD: Somali Youth basketball programs are broken down by age groups: 10-12 year olds, 13-17 and 18-21. He estimates that 30 young men are involved in "Distant Relatives." Mumin conducts practices with each group about twice a week, year round, gathering at an outdoor basketball court or inside at Zumbro Lutheran Church. They also play a few tournament a year.
Diversity Council Civic Equity Focus Area
  • Diversity Council Board: Civic Equity is the realization of a society where all individuals receive equitable access to resources, protections, and opportunities. Each person enjoys: (a) equal treatment under law, both through law enforcement and the judicial system; (b) equitable access to and representation in the political process; and (c) equal opportunity to engage in the design of and benefit from inclusive public policy.
Diversity Council Health Equity Plan
  • Diversity Council Board: Health Equity is the attainment of the highest level of wellbeing for all individuals, regardless of personal or social determinants of health. Health Equity requires social, economic, and environmental conditions that result in full access to opportunities that lead to healthy lives.
Diversity Council Rochester Area Racial Attitude Survey
  • Diversity Council: Update to the 2006 survey. The Diversity Council first collaborated with a community task force to survey local attitudes toward race in 1990. In 2006, a second survey was conducted in association with Luther College. The 2006 survey duplicated many questions from the original survey in order to accurately measure how attitudes have changed over time. This latter survey also included additional questions focusing on immigration, and on actions as well as attitudes.
Diversity Newsletter Collections
  • openBEAM.net: A collection of newsletters to let readers discover what's going on.
Diversity Toolkit
  • Diversity Council: A tool kit to ensure your organization leads in maximizing human potential.
Diversity in Education Blog
  • Mayo Clinic: TBD
EquityLogic (Becoming the Solution)
  • Diversity Council: A tactical approach to building cultural agility and diversifying organizational strategies. Designed to impact: Employee retention Workgroup and individual productivity Customer/client satisfaction Problem solving and crisis management Inter-workgroup relationships Organizational innovation and adaptability Cross-organizational collaboration Market penetration
Exploring - Discovering Your Future
  • Gamehaven Boy Scout Counci: Exploring provides exciting activities and one-on-one mentorship for youth looking to discover their future. Whether you’re a local organization looking to strengthen the community or a young person wanting to uncover the possibilities of your future, Exploring is a great place to start.
Facing Race
  • Saint Paul Foundation: Facing Race: Our Commitment to Racial Equity
Gage East Apartments
  • Center City Housing: As the city of Rochester continues to grow and develop, concerns remain for those who have been left in the margins. "Whether it be folks in the probation system, folks in our social services or public assistance system, we see it all over," said Paul Fleissner, director of Olmsted County Community Services. Soon, the former Gage East Elementary will offer relief to Med City's marginalized. On Tuesday, the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners approved an $11 million plan to build a housing complex for the homeless on the site.
Generation Next (GN)
  • Generation Next: Our Vision Every child has the academic, social and emotional skills to thrive in a globally-fluent world. Our Approach A seamless alignment of family, community and schools to ensure every child thrives.
Global Connections Community
  • University of Minnisota Rochester: Mission. The Global Connections Community enhances internationalization of the UMR student experience through intentional community development and support. Students who commit to and are selected for this special program are future health care professionals who seek to develop as global citizens, increasing cultural understanding, competency, connections, and knowledge.
Global Technovation Challenge
  • Rochester Area Math and Science Partnership: Technovation is a 3-month program where teams of young women work together to imagine, design, and develop mobile apps, then pitch their “startup” businesses to investors.
Health Needs Assessment and Planning
  • Olmsted County Public Health Services: The Community Health Assessment and Planning Process is a collaborative community effort led by Olmsted County Public Health Services, Olmsted Medical Center, Mayo Clinic Rochester and partnerships with multiple community organizations. It is a continuous, triennial cycle that assesses our community's health; prioritizes our top community health needs; and plans, implements and monitors/evaluates strategies to improve our community's health. The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is a comprehensive document that focuses on assessing our community's health and prioritizing our top community needs.
Healthy Immigrant Families
  • Rochester Healthy Community Partnership (RHCP): Description Immigrants and refugees arrive to the United States healthier than the general population. But, the longer they live in the U.S., the more likely they are to approximate the cardiovascular risk profiles of the general population, including increased rates of obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease. Two reasons for the development of these diseases are low levels of physical activity and lack of access to healthy foods. The reasons for these behaviors are complex, and include many social, economic, environmental, and cultural factors.
Human Libray of Southeaster Minnesota
  • Diversity Council: The Human Library, an initiative developed by the World Culture Center in Denmark, allows people and organizations to check out human "books" for a unique learning experience. If you want to know what it's like to be, say, a single mother, a homeless person, a refugee, or a gay man, you check one out of the library and they share their personal story and answer your questions.
Intentional Social Interaction (“IZI”)
  • Marnita’s Table: Intentional Social Interaction (“IZI”) is a model with 5 guiding roots and 20 touchpoints designed to break one’s preconceived notion of the “other” or those who are different from us. IZI is based on peer-reviewed research and the experience engineering techniques used by corporations across the globe to convince people to part with their money. Instead of using these techniques to develop a more efficient way to imbed consumerism, we have taken the underlying concepts and applied them to create the environmental conditions necessary to promote openness, authenticity and connection as we engage communities in important conversations and initiatives around education, social justice and integrative and community health and wellness.
Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI)
  • City of Rochester, MN: The Intercultural City Initiative is a bold effort on the part of a wide variety of organizations and individuals to align the collective power, creativity, expertise, and energy of our cities toward a future of inclusive growth. Inspired by the comprehensive and coordinated approach of the Council of Europe Intercultural City program, Minnesota’s Intercultural City Initiative is focused on using high leverage influence strategies to realize this future faster.
It's That Easy
  • The Center Clinic : Teaching evening classes to Latino parents about Parent Child Connectedness and how this relationship is the foundation for raising sexually healthy children.
Leadership Greater Rochester (LGR)
  • TBD: Leadership Greater Rochester is a comprehensive 10-month leadership development course created by the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. The program’s mission is to develop emerging leaders through participation in personal, professional and community awareness activities designed to encourage individual responsibility for taking an active leadership role in the future vitality of the greater Rochester area. Active involvement in the class community impact project, reading for leading component, developing a personal mission statement and community board observations are additional requirements for graduation.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Poetry Contest
  • Diversity Council: The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Poetry Contest sponsored by the Diversity Council is open to Olmsted County students in grades 3 - 12. Themes and deadlines are announced each year in October, and winners are announced in January.
Mayo Clinic Health Disparities Research
  • Mayo Clinic: Health Disparities Research supports meaningful research to identify and address health disparities and to help ensure Mayo Clinic patients reflect the diversity of our communities.
Mayo Supplier Diversity Program
  • Mayo: The Mayo Clinic Supplier Diversity Program's goal is to engage in mutually beneficial strategic business relationships with minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned and small business enterprises so as to provide equal access to Mayo purchasing opportunities and promote supplier participation to reflect the diverse business community and patient population.
Middle Way Chinese Business Market
  • Middle Way Group, LLC: Blending east and west cultural competency to expand marketing reach in Asia
Minnesota Compass
  • Wilder Research: Minnesota Compass is a social indicators project that measures progress in our state and its communities. Led by Wilder Research, Minnesota Compass provides nonpartisan, credible information and tracks trends in topic areas such as education, economy, workforce, health, housing, and a host of others. Data and analysis on www.mncompass.org gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to identify, understand, and act on issues that affect our communities.
Mobil Video Recorder Policy
  • Police Policy Oversight Commission of City of Rochester: TBD
More Women on the Move
  • Women on the Move: More Women on the Move is a non-partisan, grassroots organization, is dedicated to empowering ​women committed to inclusive, equitable, healthy communities and seeking and supporting women to run for elected office. The group is also striving to help women explore a variety of leadership positions throughout the community, regardless of their area of interest or expertise. The success of the original Women on the Move group, in its efforts to encourage more women to run for office and seek leadership roles, inspires the new group to replicate that success as our community grows and progresses in coming years.​
P.A.C.E. (Parents & Children Excel)
  • Olmsted County Community Services: P.A.C.E. (Parents & Children Excel) - works with families with youth of color between the ages of 7 and 14 who have attendance issues in school or behavior problems at home, school or community. P.A.C.E. also provides positive teen (peer) mentorships for the children on the caseload. Social workers facilitate leadership activities of high school mentors with their elementary and middle school student mentees. A key goal of these relationships is to create transformative experiences for both the mentor and the mentee that increase academic achievement and high school graduation. Another important facet of this program is to promote productive citizenship within the community through service activities of various sorts.
Parents Are Important In Rochester (PAIIR)
  • Hawthorne Education Center: Parents Are Important In Rochester - PAIIR is Rochester Public Schools Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program. ECFE offers high-quality parent and early education programming. PAIIR's Mission ​"Strengthening families with young children through education and support" PAIIR Provides: • Parenting information and resources to help develop positive informed attitudes and expectations about raising children. Early childhood education using purposeful, age appropriate, research based instruction covering all areas of development. Fun learning activities for both parents and children.
Pathways to College and Careers (Emerging Leaders Program)
  • Workforce Development Inc: Create educational pathways to lead to livable wage jobs.
Project Legacy
  • Project Legacy: The philosophy of Project Legacy derives from a recognition of the historical context of people of color in this country. It is founded on a belief in the necessity of rekindling a sense of hope and possibilities. In order to accomplish this, the connections, access, legacy paradigm needs to be translated into the reality of life for the youth who are served. In other words, a group of adults who genuinely care and commit to the mission and philosophy of the program must create connections to ideas, information and opportunities. They must advocate on behalf of the youth to guarantee access to those opportunities and resources that support and sustain the belief in the possibility of a positive future. With hope comes a belief in one’s ability to control one’s destiny. Armed with a sense of empowerment, youth will be emotionally and socially prepared to embark on a path to making dreams a reality and thereby creating their own legacy for the future.
Project Search
  • Mayo Clinic: Mayo Clinic Project SEARCH is for students with developmental cognitive disabilities who are in their last year of high school eligibility, between ages 18-21 and enrolled in Rochester Public Schools in Minnesota. The goal of Project SEARCH is competitive, integrated employment for each student intern. The Mayo Clinic Project SEARCH site in Rochester, Minnesota is a partnership between the Rochester Public Schools, Mayo Clinic, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Olmsted County Disability Services with supports from the Project SEARCH State Leadership Team.
RPD Accountability Dashboard
  • TBD: The Rochester Police Department (RPD) is committed to fostering a culture of transparency and accountability throughout the Department, in order to improve and maintain the trust of the community we serve. The dashboard is an initiative which was proposed by community members at the “Proposed Actions for Justice” Virtual Town Hall on June 11, 2020. RPD was pleased to embrace the idea and committed to producing the first dashboard within 30 days.
Race Exhibit in SE MN
  • Diversity Council, Rochester Public Library, Luther College: Race Exhibit becoming a travelling show at SE MN to spark awareness and conversations about race.
Racial Equity Resource Directory
  • Compass (Wilder Foundation): A listing of racial equity programs and training providers serving faith communities, civic organizations, educational institutions, and anyone working to combat racism and increase cultural competence.
Ready to Lead
  • Family Service Rochester: Our goal is to equip people with the knowledge and skills to feel confident in volunteering to serve our community and the many nonprofits and government committees seeking diverse voices and representation.
Refugee Resettlement Program
  • Catholic Charities: Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program (CCRRP) has a rich history of serving primary refugees in our community since 1975. The Refugee Resettlement Program meets the regional needs of the refugees designated to resettle here, either through family reunification or as “free cases” assigned to our local community. New refugees are at their most vulnerable as they enter the United States. As the only resettlement agency in Southeastern Minnesota, CCRRP seeks to address the most fundamental needs of all new refugees such as access to shelter, food, clothing, income, medical care, education, and employment.
Resilient Living (A Happy Brain)
  • Stree Free (Resilient) Living: Compassion attunes with other’s inner state, with the intention to ease suffering and share joy. – Dr. Amit Sood
Rochester Family Literacy
  • Hawthorne Education Center : Rochester Family Literacy is: Parent Education Adult Education Early Childhood Education Parent & Child Time To enroll in Rochester Family Literacy, you will need to make an appointment for a home visit.At this appointment, you will fill out an application and possibly set up placement testing. After the home visit, we will contact you to let you know if you are eligible for this new program.
Rochester Public Schools Strategic Plan
  • Rochester Public Schools: Per RPS: "We are currently in the third stage of strategic planning. This stage develops a plan that addresses the action (the 'how') and measurements ('how well are we doing') to meet the strategic objectives. You are now invited to nominate yourself, or others, to be part of the third stage of strategic planning by serving on the Measurement Team or an Action Team."
Rochester World Festival
  • TBD: Rochester World Festival: Allow us take you around the world from China to Latin America, India to Uzbekistan, and all in one weekend. Volunteers from many different cultures in our community take part in every World Festival. Learn more on how to be a volunteer for the next World Festival and other RIA sponsored activities and events by contacting us.
Sister Save Sister
  • John Marshall High School: The club provides an anchor and sense of belonging to a group of students who often felt adrift and disconnected from school. But the weekly meetings are only one element of the club, which tries to build a network of support and accountability around the students. The club has its own rules. To be in Sister Save Sister, each student must find a mentor among the JM staff. Students are to be accountable not only to themselves but to each other. If a sister goes astray, set her right. If a sister is roaming the hallway when she should be in class, tell her where she ought to be.
StandUp Students
  • Diversity Council: StandUp Students, a program of the Diversity Council, provides interactive scenario-based training that equips students with tools and tactics to interrupt bias and hate as it occurs, in safe and age-appropriate ways that help build environments where all students feel welcome.
Student Leaders Creating Change (SLCC)
  • Diversity Council: Training SLCC provides students with 12 weeks of in-depth training. Defining bullying and cyberbullying Reporting bullying incidents Prevention & intervention Understanding biases, stereotypes, and prejudice Unconscious biases Mindsets Microaggressions Race and privilege Gender and sexual expression Interfaith conversations Mediation and conflict resolution Becoming changemakers Role playing: safe ways to intervene Restorative practices: healing the hurts
Supplier Diversity Initiative
  • Rochester-area Chamber of Commerce: The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce is a proud supporter of Diversity in Business. Our Supplier Diversity Initiative is a collaborative effort of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the City of Rochester, and Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI) to provide business level opportunities, certification assistance and education to small and diverse area suppliers (minority, women and veteran-owned) who seek access to the Southeastern Minnesota economy and business community. This will help develop mutually beneficial relationships with and between diverse suppliers and buyers in order to source local and regional vendors and thus build economic vitality.TBD
The Meadow Park Initiative
  • Family Service Rochester: Families do better when they live in a strong community with economic mobility, employment security, and self-advocacy. Since challenges such as poverty, unemployment, and housing instability tend to concentrate in areas negatively impacted by a history of disinvestment, targeted investments in these neighborhoods can develop them into the kind of place that allows families to reach their full potential. Established in October 2018, the Meadow Park Initiative focuses on a neighborhood with significant barriers to long-term financial stability and educational attainment. Residents are leading the way in developing an action plan for working together to make a difference in people’s lives in the neighborhood by identifying and cultivating local leadership, building meaningful connections between neighbors, and learning about residents’ hopes and dreams for the community.
The Sound of Scars
  • TBD: The Sound of Scars is an idea I have fostered for the last year as a means to bring awareness and provide support to those experiencing emotional abuse like I have in my past when I felt there was no-where to turn. The idea is simple, show emotional abuse through a new medium; Art and music. By combining mediums, a larger impact can be created on the viewer both mentally as well as sensationally. This is the goal of the grant funded gallery being hosted at the Rochester Civic Theatre, August 6-21, 2015 (More Info Here). But "The Sound of Scars" isn't just a one time showcase of art and music, It's a symbol of awareness and hope that can be carried on to help support those in need as well as bring light to many overlooked topics in our world. "Every pain has a scar, every scar has a story, and every story deserves to be heard" This is the premise of "the Sound of Scars". To be a forum to help support, bring awareness to, and eventually to lead to the reduction of emotional abuse.
The Village Community Garden & Learning Center (VCGLC)
  • Diversity Council: The Village - Where We Grow Together! The Village Community Garden & Learning Center is a new community garden opening this 2019 growing season. The focus of this garden is to grow together as a community that comes from many parts of our world, and to learn about each other's traditions in food, arts, and culture. Thank you to Rochester Home Infusion for donating 11 acres for this project, and to our many partners at Diversity Council, Olmsted County, U of M Extension, Rochester Farmers Market, UMR, and RCTC. We are excited to share this new community asset with the city of Rochester and surrounding communities. This season will focus on the establishment of the garden through development of water resources, fencing, funding for event resources, and building our community of gardeners. We look forward to growing together!
WSU: Multicultural Education Certificate
  • Winona State University: Demographic differences (e.g., ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, gender, sexuality, religious, linguistic, and physical/cognitive) characterize members of our social and professional communities. The Multicultural Education Certificate Program is designed to prepare professionals to work more effectively with diverse clientele within their respective education, health, law enforcement, social service, faith, non-profit, arts, military, business and industry sectors throughout Olmsted and Winona counties. This certificate program provides participants with the opportunity to both analyze their own cultural experiences and work more closely with both clientele and their communities to examine how services can be provided in a more equitable manner.
YMCA North ONLINE EQUITY INNOVATION CENTER OF EXCELLENCE CLASSES
  • YMCA of the North: Leaders who are pivoting their organizations to spring forward in their respective industries as well gathering the most current data on new products or services. Corporations, educational institutions, non-profits and faith-based organizations will learn the essential components for creating new realities where all can truly thrive. Key Learnings/Benefits: Understand the Equity Progress Curve and systems change Rethink how bias is socialized in ways we may be unaware Understand how to engage community in creating innovative solutions to create communities where all can thrive.
Youth & Whole Family Training System
  • Diversity Council: This initiative takes a comprehensive approach to anti-bias education by providing programming that addresses the needs of the entire school community: students, staff, and parents.

 

Develop Phase

Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights)
  • Rochester Public Schools: Need to close the disciplinary gap. Black and Hispanic students are referred to the office at a significantly higher rate when compared to white students and Asian students. Black and Hispanic students receive In-School-Suspensions at a significantly higher rate when compared to white students and Asian students. Black and Hispanic students receive Out-Of-School-Suspensions at a significantly higher rate when compared to white students and Asian students.
Collider Inclusion Open Entrepreneur Ecosystem Navigator
  • Collider Foundation: A three-phase solution to empower underserved entrepreneurs and to reduce the isolation and stressors of entrepreneurship through the creation of an Ecosystem Navigator Program. Navigators will serve as personal guides, meeting one-on-one with entrepreneurs to better understand their personal and professional needs as well as work to connect each entrepreneur with the appropriate events, services, and people they need to help individual entrepreneurs overcome their unique barriers to success.
Cradle to Career
  • United Way of Olmsted County and Rotary Clubs of Rochester: Every child and young adult succeeds cradle to career, through shared purpose, alignment and accountability among community partners This is the purpose of the Cradle to Career initiative in Rochester, Minnesota. Education is a powerful strategy to improve educational outcomes resulting in healthy individuals, families and community who have economic stability with productive careers and contribute positively to a civic and equitable society.
J2G Become a Cohesive Connected Region
  • J2G Regional Committee: Objective: Foster Dialogue to Forge a Shared Regional Identity and Explore Benefits and Alternatives for Comprehensive Regional Planning & Development
Jeremiah Program (Campus for Single Mothers and their Children)
  • Jeremiah Program: Jeremiah Program Rochester-Southeast Minnesota launched its campaign for a campus in Rochester to serve 40 single women with children from Southeast Minnesota, with the assistance of a gift from the Sisters of Saint Francis, Rochester, MN.
Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage
  • Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC): Preserve and honor the cultural heritage of Minnesota, provide education and student outreach on cultural diversity, empower communities to build their identify and culture
Mayo High School School Within a School (SWS)
  • Mayo High School: Help at-risk students succeed in school and life.
Regional Video Projects
  • Journey to Growth Partnership: The Regional Community Video project is collaboration between Journey to Growth (J2G) and SE MN Together. Over the past 18 months a committee of regional leaders have been meeting on a regular basis discussing ways to promote a unified message about our Southeast Minnesota region. These meetings led the team to travel throughout the region. It was discovered each community had fascinating unique features, from how the town was formed to how the town has changed. SE MN Together (SEMNT) has been hosting regional meetings throughout Southeastern Minnesota. J2G and SEMNT discovered they were on a common path in regards to marketing our region and decided to collaborate on the Regional Community Video Project (RCVP). The goal of the Regional Community Video Project (RCVP) is to further move us towards becoming a more connected and cohesive region while celebrating our uniqueness through creativity and storytelling.
Rochester Racial Justice Toolkit
  • RRJ: The Toolkit is a compilation of articles, guides, news, videos, social media, and other tools from several online sources on racial justice and Black Lives Matter activism. The site is a work in progress with ongoing updates and contributions to each section. Please contact us with any suggestions or resource contributions! The Toolkit is an online social justice resource rooted in a committment to radical love and service to the Rochester, MN community. ​
Targeted Business, Workforce Participation and Prevailing Wage Strategies
  • City of Rochester, MN: To further increase participation rates of targeted businesses and workforce on DMC projects, four priorities have been identified that are outlined below. (1) Build capacity of Targeted Businesses located in Southeastern Minnesota (2) Assess gaps with existing subcontractors to determine market opportunity. (3) Recruit women and minorities from workforce to start their own companies. (4) Host workshops to educate entrepreneurs, provide consulting services for WMBVE certification process and assist with bid process to win contracts on DMC projects.
Veteran Families Resources List (VF)
  • DeployCare.org: Maintaining a fact sheet of financial resources for veteran families in need. The goal is to provide help to those who need it in a quick format (basically, a bulleted list of 10-15 resources).
Youth Mediation in Rochester Public Schools
  • Mediation and Conflict Solutions (MCS): A mediation program offered by Mediation and Conflict Solutions (MCS) for RPS students

 

Plan Phase

America’s Community for Health
  • DMC EDA: Interlocking between DMC, Olmsted County and Rochester City and Community organizations to ensure social impacts are factored into DMC project evaluation process and City Comprehensive Plan (P2S).
DMC Mobility
  • DMC EDA: While there are several different plans being proposed, there is a need to interconnect all those piece parts to integrate them into the transportation framework of the DMC transportation vision.
Digital Equity IT Infrastructure
  • Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium: Increase access to and effective use of technological devices and programs among communities experiencing barriers in the Rochester area. To do this, we will generate immediate and longer-term solutions related to the following barriers to access: 1) technological devices/hardware with appropriate software installed (computers and tablets); 2) affordable, reliable internet; and 3) culturally appropriate education to support digital literacy.
Discovery Walk Co-designing
  • DMC EDA: Public realm along the 2nd Avenue corridor from 2nd Street to 6th Street (Soldiers Field.)
Diversity Council Education Equity Plan
  • Diversity Council: Educational Equity exists when all individuals are fully prepared for the roles of their choice, regardless of personal or social circumstances. Educational Equity requires systems of support that result in full access to opportunities that lead to personal growth.
For a Better Us
  • Rochester Area Family Y: A plan to: Being a great partner, Strengthening communities, Advocating for the Y, Inspiring others, Providing leadership, Volunteering your time, treasure, and talents
Improve health insurance coverage for minority groups in Southeast Minnesota
  • TBD: While MNsure boasts of plummeting uninsured rates among Minnesotans, a closer look shows that certain minority populations who have been left behind, in particular Latinos
In City for Good (In the Shadow of Growth)
  • In the City for Good Steering Committee: City for Good is coalition of eight Action Groups addressing deficiencies in the DMC plan: Living Wages, Transportation, Affordable Housing, Sustainability, Social Services, Education, Social Justice and Historic Preservation.
Locks of Compassion
  • Catholic Charities: Considering a lock is defined as a device that restricts access and confines, you may wonder how it can possibly be associated with compassion. But, did you know a lock can also be a symbol of promise, enduring friendship and love? A lock links and unites one to another. In many parts of the world “love locks” attached to bridges and even metal trees have expressed uniting one to another. The “Locks of Compassion” project will re-create a symbolic expression of unity regarding a spirit of compassion for the refugee children and families we serve. With a gift of $10 you will be provided a lock to decorate with signs, symbols, and words of compassion.
Pathways Toward Prosperity and Well-Being Program
  • Olmsted County Community Services: Using $525,000 in state grant funding from the state, Olmsted and Dakota counties are seeking to create a model aimed at helping families out of poverty. Instead of providing individual programs for children and others for their parents, the project will look at family needs as a whole and work to create a path to support two generations at once.
Project FINE (Focus on Integrating Newcomers through Education)
  • FINE: FINE brings together resources and workforce solutions from across an 11-county region in Southeast Minnesota that promote inclusivity. Training sessions will also be held for employers on best practices for hiring and retaining diverse employees.
Prosperity Initiative
  • Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation: Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation has launched the Prosperity Initiative, a program intended to promote minority-owned business growth in southern Minnesota. Over the next two years, SMIF will work with the Small Business Development Center of Rochester to identify and speak with minority business owners interested in growing their companies in southern Minnesota, the release says. This program is funded in part by Minnesota's Department of Employment and Economic Development.
Rochester A City of Compassion (RocCoC)
  • Rochester MN A City of Compassion: Help Rochester to be a more compassion city via the following 3 Focus areas: (1) Honoring and supporting compassionate thought and action already existing in our community (2) Growing a culture of compassion as a binding force in our community (3) Creating opportunities for meaningful participation in compassionate actions
SE Mn Together: A regional community growth initiative
  • Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation: Southeast Minnesota Together is a regional collaborative network of organizations and individuals developing and pursuing strategies to address our workforce shortage. SE MN Together also seeks to strengthen regional connections and build local capacity in communities across the region, which can be leveraged to address other social and economic issues affecting Southeast Minnesota. .
Thriving by Design – Rural & Urban Together - One Minnesota Equity Blueprint
  • TBD: A statewide gathering of Minnesota residents to begin and follow-thru on a six-month process – Minnesota Thriving by Design - to create a statewide comprehensive policy agenda and socioeconomic contract – the One Minnesota Equity Blueprint - for achieving rural-urban and racial economic equity and inclusive growth.
WSU Education Village
  • WSU: Our bonding request is a bold, responsive plan to renovate three buildings and environs (Wabasha Hall, Wabasha Rec and the Cathedral School) into an Education Village of the future that will be designed with integrated, flexible, state-of-the-art learning and teaching spaces. Labs, classrooms, offices, meeting and community spaces will take a cohesive, sensible form and provide space for the extraordinary preparation of extraordinary teachers and school professionals.

 

Concept Phase

City for Good Education: Pathway for parents to have more involvement with their children's education
  • CIty for Good: TBD
Creating a 21st Century Community Space
  • Diversity Council, Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium, CMRC: A Place for All. Third Sector's shared space concept would provide a common entry point to community resources through its "front door" concept. Seeking 40,000 - 50,000 sf of public space for 3 core uses.  Community Cultural Center providing interactive gathering spaces for civic engagement, education, celebration.  Community Front Door offering a centralized entry point for individuals seeking access to community resources and activities.  Nonprofit COOP functions as the enterprise, funding general operations for the entire facility while creating operational efficiencies for NPOs.
Diversity In Action Initiative
  • Diversity in Action: Program to assist students that aren’t necessarily college bound with getting into areas that don’t require a 4 year degree. He has links with employers looking for young people who are interested in being plumbers, carpenters, electricians and etc. He is looking at how to work within the schools here in Rochester to expose young people to alternative careers. I thought that the two of you might be a good connection since quite a bit of his consideration would be working with youth from diverse backgrounds as well as supporting educators in working with the students.
Envisioning a 21st Century City: Regional Issues, Global Perspectives
  • Diversity Council: Diversity Council is presenting a series of talks to invite region thought leaders, decision makers and stakeholders to an evening of conversations and learning to support Diversity Council's effort to spark multi-cultural transformation impetus for SE MN.
Food for Thought for Diversity Wellness
  • Diversity Council/Lotus Foundation: Food and nutrition is important to all people. Access to nutrition is especially important to marginalized groups. This project educates people how good food can be made available. This project will promote and help identify affordable, good tasting, nutrient-rich foods" to difference cultural groups. Taking into account: (1) embracing cultural traditions (2) learn from each other (3) combine with other healthy living ideas.
Identification and intervention for adverse childhood experiences in our local community - A Study
  • Olmsted County Public Health Services, Rochester Public Schools, Mayo Clinic: To develop local ACEs screening and intervention programs for children and evaluate the impact of these new intervention programs on the mental health and developmental trajectory in children.
Legal Defense Fund
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church: We propose that a legal defense fund be established, to be used to provide legal assistance to persons at risk of detention and expedited removal by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) branch of Homeland Security.
Love Music, Hate Racism - Minnesota
  • TBD: TBD
One Olmsted: Embrace diversity as an asset
  • County of Olmsted, MN: A new Olmsted County initiative is aiming to create a foundation of support to overcome disparities in services throughout the county. A draft of a "One Olmsted" resolution has been making the rounds among some volunteer county boards, with tentative plans to seek support from the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners early next month. The proclamation stating "the time is now to embrace diversity as an asset" strives to reaffirm the county's commitment to equity and acknowledging "every facet of human difference." It's a new take on existing practices.
Pathways to Equity
  • Community Mobilization Resource Coalition (CMRC) / Diversity Council: Pathways to Equity works with marginalized populations to build integrated navigation solutions at the community level. It establishes, compensates, trains, and nurtures liaisons and navigators within ethnic populations who are charged with forming enduring relationships with and increasing cultural understanding among service providers, civic structures, and businesses.
Social Justice Coalition
  • Diversity Council: Explore to build a coalition of organizations with shared intention to advance the rights of all individuals in the region, convening around the desire to build awareness and collaboration,improve responsiveness, and help one another thrive.
Tech Solutions to confront global pandemic threats
  • openBEAM.net: An OpenBeam concept to offer technology enablement to propose and support a multi-phase effort to make fundamental lifestyle change to transform the community ecosystem to be more resilient in the new reality of a global pandemic environment that is expected to be us with for many years to come.
The Rochester Early Childhood Education Hub
  • Alliance of Chicanos, Hispanics and Latin American--Rochester: The Rochester Early Childhood Education Hub works to bridge at-risk children and families with existing educational service providers.
enCounter Poverty
  • Diversity Council: enCounter Poverty is an experiential tool that exposes individuals to the challenges of poverty in our community in ways that build empathy and lead to action. We're looking for volunteers to 1) participate in developing our scalable model and 2) plan programs and activities.

 

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Asian Pacific MN Complete Count 2020 Project (Completed)
  • Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM): Previous Census efforts have identified “hard to count” communities, including Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals, immigrants and refugees, and children under the age of 4. Given what we know about our API communities statewide, our Council believes that a complete count committee dedicated specifically to our community is in the interest of the state of Minnesota. Therefore, we invite you to join the API Complete Count Committee (CCC), to ensure that all API Minnesotans participate fully in the 2020 Census.
Bias/Hate Crime and Incident Response
  • Olmsted County Human Rights Commission: To execute an effective community response to bias/hate crimes and to bias/hate incidents that supports the victims and victims' families.
CDI Bridges
  • Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam (CIDI): The bridges already exist. Let's CROSS them!
Collaborative Leadership Fellow Program
  • CLF: Strengthen community capacity for collaborative leadership, and Ensure succession of community leadership invested in multi-sector solutions to complex community issues.
Community Cultural Center
  • Journey to Growth Diversity and Inclusion Committee: A physical place/space for interactions among diverse groups
Community Leaders Creating Change
  • Diversity Council: Community Leaders Creating Change (CLCC) is a leadership training program that aims to help close that gap between the diversification of our local population and our community leadership—and to prepare those from majority groups to work effectively in a diverse environment.
Community Networking Group (CNG 2.0)
  • openBEAM.net : Rochester area is fortunate to have many private, public and non-profit organizations engaged in serving the community. To make these efforts even more effective, we need a "clearing house" or coordination hub to allow sharing of ideas, requirements and plans.
Conquerors Boxing
  • TBD: More Than Conquerors is a new boxing program being offered for kids and young adults in the Rochester area.
Diverse Interests Round Table
  • Rochester-area Chamber of Commerce: The strength and stability of a community comes from the recognition and inclusion of its diversity. The Diverse Interests Round Table provides an open-minded environment that allows for the sharing of triumphs and failures, challenges and opportunities, best practices and necessary changes. By connecting with, learning from and doing business with one another, we can change the dynamics of our economy and grow together.
Diversity in Business Initiative
  • Rochester-area Chamber of Commerce: SUPPLIER DIVERSITY INITIATIVE MISSION, SUPPLIER DIVERSITY MEMBER DIRECTORY, CERTIFICATION ASSISTANCE RESOURCES
Diversity in Business Resource (DIBR Registry)
  • Journey to Growth Diversity and Inclusion Committee: An electronically formatted resource to provide information and contacts targeting diverse individuals interested in starting a business in our J2G region
Integrated Recreation, Education, Living Space (iREL) Rochester Family Y 2020 Plan Concept
  • Rochester Area Family Y: Plan for the next 50 years of the Y in Rochester Area to contribute to: Healthy Living, Social Responsibility and Youth Development.
Journey to Growth Plan
  • Journey to Growth Partnership: A strategy to address the challenges and opportunities necessary to grow the Rochester region's economy. Create a regional brand and communications platform Create Leadership Teams to oversee development of the Rochester Area's target business sectors Formalize a best-practice startup acceleration program at the May Clinic Business Accelerator Develop a comprehensive graduate-retention program Identify, enhance and promote capital-formation resources Conduct a regional workforce gap Form a coalition to create a regional talent retention and attraction campaign Pursue regional transit service for high-volume weekday commuting periods etc ...
Next Gen Community Information Sharing System (CISS)
  • Hack-a-thon: Help identifying requirements and architectural implementations for the open-source version of the CISS system.
RISE: Rochester In Support of Everyone
  • Diversity Council: The Diversity Council conducted the RISE project in 2000, interviewing representatives from Rochester's largest ethnic groups to learn about their experiences and the obstacles they face in our community. Based on the results of the focus groups and additional research, the Diversity Council developed an overview of Rochester's largest minority groups: their history, their culture, the assets they bring to our community, and the challenges they face when they arrive.
RPS Student and Family Engagement (SAFE) Program
  • Rochester Public Schools: The RPS SAFE (Student and Family Engagement) Program is a college and career readiness program that meets the social-emotional and academic needs of Hispanic, African Heritage, and other students of color with risk factors. This program supports successful transitions to high school and post-secondary education through empowering middle school and high school youth to develop college, STEM/CTE (career and technical education), social-emotional, and life skills as they work on their evolving career roadmaps.
Spark!
  • Diversity Council: The Spark! workshops are a series of 13 lessons that build respect for human difference among K-12 students. Spark! is a partnership between the school district and the community. In our innovative model, trained community members representing the diversity of our community present workshops for each grade level at every school once a year. As students progress through their education, they begin with basic concepts such as 'same & different' and move to challenging discussions of discrimination and respect in areas such as disability, race, body size, social class, gender and sexual orientation, and religion.
The Diversity Business Partnership Initiative
  • TBD: Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) (Mankato and Rochester), Latino Economic Development Council (LEDC); African Development Center (ADC) Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF). Dollars Available: $190,000 Total or $95,000 per year (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016; July 1, 2015 – June 1:1 Match Required (Believe In‐Kind can count) Program: A 2‐year, 3 component pilot partnership program designed to coach and teach both business resources to support the start and expansion of minority owned companies and provide transformational leadership to influence community and work place engagement. Client profile: A business which is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled on a daily basis by one or more of...(name). According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, minorities own more than 4.1 million firms and account for nearly $700 billion in revenues.
The Landscape of My Familiar: A documentary photography project
  • Mieke Strand Photography: Within this landscape, I am documenting the old and new. The project is a record of this time of change, and my contribution toward weaving the stories of new Minnesotans into our welcoming but wary culture. I am making photographs of Minnesotans in small towns across the state, which will be paired with my subjects’ stories and personal histories. The photographs include the Americans of European ancestry I grew up with and immigrants from the Somali, Mexican and the Hmong diasporas, among others.TBD
Travelling While Black: The Green Book Project
  • History Center of Olmsted County Close the dialog: The project is planned for Black History Month (February) 2019. It will utilize seven components to illustrate, educate, and allow visitors to vicariously experience discrimination and racism. The planned components are: 1) two full-size diorama displays, 2) a video history of travel-related discrimination experienced by Rochester residents, 3) an exhibit of Floyd Cooper’s art, 4) a personal appearance by Floyd Cooper, 5) commercially-produced videos relating to The Green Book, 6) interactive digital displays, and 7) the history of racism in Rochester, Minnesota.
We are More
  • Journey to Growth Diversity and Inclusion Committee: A visual display of the economic and human diversity that comprises the 8 county J2G region. Theme: "We are More" Develop a showcase collage of pictures from communities and cultures highlighting regional locations and sources. Use the model similar to the "Race Exhibit"
Women in Leadership & Development (WILD)
  • Rochester-area Chamber of Commerce: Women in Leadership & Development believe it is incredibly important to be aware of what we have to offer and gain together as women. Through our WILD programming, we provide an opportunity to grow, learn, and support one another. Women's Round Table Atypical Tea Mentorship For more information about Women in Leadership & Development events, please contact Workforce Development and Education Director, Julie Brock or call (507) 424-5687.
diVerse Spoken Poetry and Spoken Word
  • Diversity Council: Spoken words in poetry.