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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

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, 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


July 06, 2017 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 Diversity Council and 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 TBD: 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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December 08, 2015 Diversity in Business Resource - what is it exactly?

Al Lun's starting a conversation and a document to specify the requirements of DIBR.

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November 23, 2015 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 TBD: 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)

Concept 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.


December 08, 2015 DS: 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

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"


July 06, 2017 TBD: We are More

WAM final exhibit took place in June at Mayo Clinic.

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April 13, 2016 PB: 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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CNG Steering Committee working on 2018 Compass Points (March 14, 2018)

 CNG Steering Committee is working on the next version of Rochester/Olmsted County Compass report.

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Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement 1Q 2018 and 3Q 2017 Status (March 12, 2018)

March 2018 Status; September News 2017 (Including September meeting agenda and June meeting minutes).

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RPS meeting with Moms Demand Action (March 09, 2018)

RPS and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense are planning a dialog between the two groups. This is an opportunity to broaden the conversation to other efforts to address school safety.

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Help the Y Build a Better Us! (March 06, 2018)

2018 Rochester Area Family Y "Build a Better Us" fundraising campaign. 

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Mediation & Conflict Solutions Updates by Post Bulletin (March 01, 2018)

2018-03-01 PB story on MCS: "Looking for help with a conflict?

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Cradle to Career 2018 Launch Feb 22, 2018 Meeting (February 22, 2018)

At the February 22 meeting, the following information was shared. 

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Rochester Clinic and Lotus Health Foundation Community Health Events (February 19, 2018)

Two nationally well-known lifestyle medicine physician and pioneers, Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Hans Diehl along with other physicians will present several topics in Rochester.

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Riverfront project gets first nod per Post Bulleting Report (February 18, 2018)

"Early plans for a $180 million construction project along the Zumbro River received some enthusiastic support from Rochester's Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night." 

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2018 Discipline Data Update - Information (February 17, 2018)

At the 2/6/2018 School Board Meeting the following was presented as a comparison of office referrals from first semester 2016-2017 and first semester 2017-2018 examining District, building, and student data.  Building Principals will also discuss behavior- related supports provided in their respective buildings.

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