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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 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)

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

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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History Center to present Traveling While Black (December 12, 2018)

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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Community for Health Workgroup Log (December 11, 2018)

DMC EDA initiated Community For Health group effort notes.

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Collective Impact Model to enable Housing Coalition (December 09, 2018)

11/13/2018 Housing Coalition meeting starting a series of conversations regarding the future and role of the housing alliance in our community.  To start these conversations, Elaine Case will be presenting on the Community Impact model.

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County prepares pitch for crisis center (November 22, 2018)

"The answer for Lawson, Clements and variety of other collaborators is the proposed crisis center, which would tap into a portion of the $28.1 million state lawmakers earmarked for creating such facilities."

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Olmsted County Complete Count 2020 Planning Kickoff (November 21, 2018)

Invitation from Sheila Kiscaden, Olmsted County Commissioner & Chair of Olmsted County Complete Count Committee

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Action Groups being formed (November 20, 2018)

Action Groups being formed to make progress on: Health Insurance; IT: Tech Support; Joint Purchasing of Goods and Services

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Age Friendly Community Survey (November 18, 2018)

How well is Rochester meeting your needs as you age? A survey.

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Race Exhibit 2018 (November 17, 2018)

Reviving 2009 Race Exhibit in a condensed version.

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Kiwanis Club of Rochester 4Q 2018 Community Services (November 17, 2018)

These are some of the volunteering activities that we participated in.

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