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J2G D&I Committee Projects Status and News

The following projects are being advanced by the group in order to:

a. Increase awareness and utilization of existing diversity resources
b. Formalize dialog and outreach to foster greater community inclusion
c. Assess the need to create community centers with on-site services that meet the needs of specific ethnic and cultural constituencies

Diversity in Business Resources

Diversity in Business Resource (DIBR Registry)

Archive Description

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

Strategies (How)

Work with Diversity Council, openBEAM.net IT and other groups to design and build this electronic registry in accordance to the evolving design specification.

Results (Work Products)

Minority groups have better access to business startup opportunities

Status/News

July 06, 2017 Journey to Growth Diversity and Inclusion Committee: Diversity in Business Resource (DIBR Registry)

In June J2G D/I Committee meeting, though Al Lun has built a prototype, decision was made to connect with J2G board for its guidance on the future of this project.

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May 16, 2016 Journey to Growth Diversity and Inclusion Committee: Diversity Council and openBEAM.net to discuss taking the DIBR work forward

In the April 25 J2G D&I meeting, it was determined since the diversity/inclusion resources registry concept fits the mssion of Diversity Council, Dee Sabol and Al Lun will discuss how Diversity Council as J2G D&I implementation agent may take the registry work forward.

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February 22, 2016 Journey to Growth Diversity and Inclusion Committee: Diversity in Business Resource Search Prototype

I am building a more specific search portal that aims to enable business people to discover what diversity/inclusion programs and resources exist in the Rochester Area.

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November 23, 2015 Journey to Growth Diversity and Inclusion Committee: Meeting Summary on how to proceed on Journey to Growth's Diversity in Business Resource Project

Duane Saulk, ReMax Rochester, Minn.Al Lun met with Duane Sauke, co-chair, Journey to Growth Diversity/Inclusion Committee,  on 2015-10-27 to exchange ideas on how to proceed with the Diversity Beam to implement the online diversity assets resource (DBR) concept. How does Diversity Beam work? Duane will touch upon our discussions at the next J2G D&I meeting.

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August 03, 2015 Journey to Growth Diversity and Inclusion Committee: A review of past conversations on DIBR

I made this presentation to J2G D&I team several months ago. Like many past presentations I have made to similar audience, it is uncertain how much of the information I wanted to impart hit home.

I have since grown accustomed to this unknowing nature of technical knowledge sharing with members who have different backgrounds, different needs.

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Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI)

Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI)

Available Description

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.

Status/News

September 22, 2020 City of Rochester, MN: Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI) Major Milestone

(1) City Council approved ICI Resolution (2) City Council Study Session on ICI Index  

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August 20, 2020 City of Rochester, MN: Another Milestone with ICI

   The City of Rochester, in partnership with the Diversity Council and others, announced the release of the draft Intercultural Cities Initiative program index report and an upcoming virtual site visit. 

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June 15, 2018 City of Rochester, MN: Mayor Brede signed ICI pledge

On Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 11:00 am, the Journey to Growth team, the City of Rochester and citizens of Rochester will gather in the City Hall Atrium for a special Signing Ceremony, designating Rochester as the first U.S. City to join the Council of Europe’s ICI (Intercultural Cities Initiative) program.

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December 08, 2015 City of Rochester, MN: Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI): Getting the mayor to buy in.

Met with mayor Brede and Randy Staver to discuss city participation and support

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We are More

We are More

Archive Description

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"

Status/News

April 13, 2016 Journey to Growth Diversity and Inclusion Committee: Update at J2G April Meeting

We Are More traveling art exhibit

Ian Mwangi updated the audience on a proposed new photography exhibit, which will help display the area's diversity.

"We want to show that we are more inclusive," he said.

To do that, they are reaching out to professional and amateur photographers to submit photos showing that inclusiveness. The committee will chose the photos that best depict "economic diversity and inclusivity."

The resulting photo exhibit, We are More" will then tour the region in late 2016.

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D&I Status/News

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Adminstration of Rochester's 3.12M award from Minnesota Main Street Economic Revitalization Program (October 16, 2021)

Press Release DMC EDA to administer 3.12M distribution of MN Main Street Economic Revitalization Program

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Commitment to Action for Racial Justice project (October 10, 2021)

September 27 2021, checkpoint meeting with commitment undersigned.  

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P-TECH 535 (October 05, 2021)

RCTC grand opening and IBM video in support of P-Tech. 

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History Center of Olmsted County (September 22, 2021)

Newsletter and article about importance of the history center. 

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Zumbro Valley Medical Society (September 18, 2021)

Zumbro Valley Medical Society program aims to connect medical students with local service providers as part of academic year elective.

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Olmsted County Health Assessment and Planning Partnership (HAPP) (September 14, 2021)

Status reports: September 2021, March 2021 from CHAP quarterly meetings

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Racism and the Economy -- Federal Reserve Series (September 09, 2021)

Understanding the implications of structural racism in America's economy. 

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Olmsted County Human Rights Commission (August 27, 2021)

Welcoming week information and Police Responses to HRC questions. 

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2021 Global Mayors Challenge Status Reports (August 12, 2021)

  90 Second Pitch Video; Application for Global Cities Grant Status

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