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CDI Bridges

Beam Project Type: Project in Available Phase

The bridges already exist. Let's CROSS them!

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Lead Organization: Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam (CIDI)

Confirmed Collaborators: Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam (CIDI) ; Diversity Council

Potential Collaborators: Autumn Ridge Church

Detailed Description

One of the goals of CIDI is to not only educate, but to also be educated.  CIDI aims to step foot in as many places of worship as possible in Rochester and beyond.  The purpose is to observe the practices of others for better understanding of our neighbors.   CIDI will demonstrate the true tolerance of Islam and encourage all those of faith to take pride in their beliefs.  We hopes to be welcomed at your place of worship or spirituality!

The Arabic word in the Qur’an taqwa means "God-consciousness".  This concept of taqwa is also embedded in other traditions.  Enabling a positive and respectful mentality can exist through a remembrance of a higher power and being accountable for our actions.  CIDI hopes to explore how our common notion of taqwa can keep the doors of dialogue open.

Every CIDI Bridges stop is coordinated ahead of time with each place of worship.




Level 1: Diversity and Inclusion

Level 2: Civic Engagement

DMC: Learning Environment

Community Health:

Status Reports
Related PlanScape Status on: Diversity and Inclusion

December 19, 2018: CHNA Meeting and News

December 13, 2018 CHNA meeting minutes. 

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December 12, 2018: History Center to present Traveling While Black

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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November 17, 2018: Race Exhibit 2018

Reviving 2009 Race Exhibit in a condensed version.

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November 12, 2018: Diversity Council newsmaker

A sample of Diversity Council community engagement activities.

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October 16, 2018: Cradle to Career publishes community report

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

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September 16, 2018: Agreement with Minnesota Department of Human RIghts

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

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July 30, 2018: Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights)

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

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July 11, 2018: Prosperity Initiative


Minority Business Conference hosted by SBDC, Diversity Council and Prosperity Initiative

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June 22, 2018: Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement

Recruiting members to join Community Engagement Workgroup.

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