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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, 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 openBEAM.net: 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 openBEAM.net: 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 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 openBEAM.net: 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 openBEAM.net: 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)

Develop 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

June 15, 2018 openBeam.net: 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 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"

Status/News

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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Cradle to Career September Announcements - CAN recruitment and Julie Block Named ED (September 19, 2018)

Cradle to Career is recruiting for Collaborative Action Network (CAN) conveners for Kindergarten Readiness and On-Time Graduation.

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Diversity Council newsmaker (September 18, 2018)

A sample of Diversity Council community engagement activities.

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Agreement with Minnesota Department of Human RIghts (September 16, 2018)

RPS, ISD 535, entered into collaboration agreement with MDHR.

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2016-2020 Housing Framework (August 21, 2018)

Notes and presentation from  the July Housing Conversation hosted by Kim Norton.

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Riverfront project gets first nod per Post Bulletin Report (August 08, 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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Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights) (July 30, 2018)

July 18, 2018 Commissioner Lindsey of the MN Department of Human Rights Forum with Rochester Community.

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