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History Center to present Traveling While Black (April 23, 2019)

The “Traveling While Black” exhibit being developed by the History Center of Olmsted County will chronicle the challenges faced by black motorists prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

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Chateau Theater Request for Proposal (April 20, 2019)

3 proposals (Exhibits Development Group, Art Trust of Minnesota, Encourage Events Group) being considered as a result of RFP.  

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United Way Special Projects Team (April 16, 2019)

OVERALL OBJECTIVE: determine what forms of advocacy are most suitable to advance United Way’s vision and mission. 

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Pathway to Prosperity (April 12, 2019)

State lawmakers are being asked to provide $1 million in hopes of putting single parents and their children on a new path out of poverty this summer.

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OpenBeam April 2019 News (April 11, 2019)

Attended Sustainability's  Arrive Rochester meeting about ride sharing presentation. Learn more them and their positioning in DMC Transportation notion of Transit Management.  Added the Arrive Rochester organization to Community Beam registry. Rediscovered this letter to DMCC and now wondering if the consultant is being paid  400K per year. 

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Destination Medical Center (DMC) Plan (April 08, 2019)

3rd Annual DMC Real Estate Development and Investment Summit

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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (April 07, 2019)


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Journey to Growth Plan $25M loan fund (April 04, 2019)

PB: "As part of J2G, lawmakers from Southeast Minnesota are seeking to create a $25 million revolving loan fund to spur business and entrepreneurial activity in the region’s towns and cities."

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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
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.

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
  • Isaiah: 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.
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.
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.
CDI Bridges
  • Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam (CIDI): The bridges already exist. Let's CROSS them!
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.
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.
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.
Conquerors Boxing
  • TBD: More Than Conquerors is a new boxing program being offered for kids and young adults in the Rochester area.
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.


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.

Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI)

  • Diversity Council: 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.

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

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 ...

Race Exhibit in Rochester

  • Diversity Council, Rochester Public Library: Diversity Council and Rochester Public Library are collaborating to re-install the 2009 Rochester event.

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. ​

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


Plan Phase

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.

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.

Pathway to Prosperity

  • 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


Concept Phase

America’s City 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).

CLF 2015 D&I Community Engagement Initiative with 125 Live (Share Diversity Stories)

  • CLF: Through a three-part series, the 124 Live staff, board and members will have an opportunity to be enriched through stories, training and collaboration. 125 LIVE will be prepared to support diverse inclusive program, which will enrich the lives of all seniors in our community

City for Good Education: Pathway for parents to have more involvement with their children's education

  • CIty for Good: TBD

Community Cultural Center

  • Journey to Growth Diversity and Inclusion Committee: A physical place/space for interactions among diverse groups

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.

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.