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Key D/I Social/Economic Collaborations

A number of organizations are finding ways to better collaborate to yield collective impacts on diversity and inclusion in our community. This portal page attempts to showcase that evolving collaboration process. We also encourage you to do ad hoc query to search: Diversity and Inclusion Organizations/Projects and how are they doing? Who are involved?

Diversity Council Programs

Allies & Advocates (Available)

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.

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Bystander to Upstander (Available)

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.

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Community Leaders Creating Change (Available)

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.

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Diversity Council Education Equity Plan (Plan)

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.

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Diversity Council Rochester Area Racial Attitude Survey (Available)

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.

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Diversity Toolkit (Available)

A tool kit to ensure your organization leads in maximizing human potential.

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Envisioning a 21st Century City: Regional Issues, Global Perspectives (Develop)

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.

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EquityLogic (Becoming the Solution) (Available)

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

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Human Libray of Southeaster Minnesota (Available)

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.

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Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI) (Develop)

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.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Poetry Contest (Available)

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.

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Student Leaders Creating Change (SLCC) (Available)

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

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The Village Community Garden & Learning Center (Plan)

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!

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Youth & Whole Families (Available)

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.

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J2G D&I Programs

Community Cultural Center (Concept)

A physical place/space for interactions among diverse groups

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Diversity in Business Resource (DIBR Registry) (Archive)

An electronically formatted resource to provide information and contacts targeting diverse individuals interested in starting a business in our J2G region

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We are More (Archive)

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"

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Chamber Programs

Diverse Interests Round Table (Archive)

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.

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Diversity in Business Initiative (Available)

SUPPLIER DIVERSITY INITIATIVE MISSION, SUPPLIER DIVERSITY MEMBER DIRECTORY, CERTIFICATION ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

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Hubsource.mn (employment hub) (Available)

A central community portal for employers and job seekers to connect and to find other information about the community. A web platform to connect people, resources and employment in SE Mn. Creates the economic and work culture landscape of our region.

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Supplier Diversity Initiative (Available)

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

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Women in Leadership & Development (WILD) (Available)

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.

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Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce

Projects by Phase
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
  • 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.
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.
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.

 

Develop Phase

Asian Pacific MN Complete Count 2020 Project

  • 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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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. ​

Rochester-Southeast Minnesota 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.

 

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.

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

 

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).

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

Creating a 21st Century Community Space

  • Diversity Council, Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium: A Place for All. Third Sector's shared space concept would provide a common entry point to community resources through its "front door" concept.

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.

 

 

Featured Projects

DMC EDA: America’s City for Health (Concept)

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).

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Diversity Council: Social Justice Coalition (Concept)

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.

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Diversity Council: Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI) (Develop)

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.

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Diversity Council/Lotus Foundation: Food for Thought for Diversity Wellness (Concept)

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.

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Family Service Rochester, Diversity Council, IMAA: Rochester Area Non-profit Consortium (Plan)

Local nonprofits are working collaboratively to develop shared services to increase operational efficiencies. The top priorities identified by the community are health insurance, IT tech support, and joint purchasing.

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Isaiah: Barbershops Creating Change in the Community (Available)

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.

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Olmsted County: Olmsted County Complete Count 2020 (Plan)

Complete Count Committee is being formed to achieve the shared goal of counting EVERYONE in 2020. A CCC comprises a broad spectrum of government and community leaders from education, business, healthcare and other community organizations. A successful complete count committee involves many people, organizations and businesses from every part of our community. Watch this space to get involved.

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United Way of Olmsted County and Rotary Clubs of Rochester: Cradle to Career (Plan)

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.

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openBEAM.net: Maintain and Evolve the 2016 Rochester/Olmsted County Compass Points (Community Dashboard) (Concept)

The 2016 Rochester/Olmsted County Compass Points report has been available since Oct. 2016. The new project is to look at ways to maintain and sustain the dashboard. Working with Minnesota Compass to implement a social indicators dashboard that measures progress in Olmsted County. Compass tracks trends in topic areas such as education, economy and workforce, health, housing, public safety, and a host of others.

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