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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Learn - Leading with Cultural Competency




June 23, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Willmar, MN

The 2016 Leadership Series is underway and excited about our upcoming in person event on June 23, 2016 in Willmar, MN.  Leading with Cultural Competency will provide participants the opportunity to explore their skills in leading in diverse communities.  Those who attend will take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) prior to the session.  The day of the session Extension Educators Catie Rasmussen and Toby Spanier will lead participants through understanding their personal profiles and creating a plan to enhance their skills along the intercultural development continuum.

Register today at http://z.umn.edu/culturalcomp.   Registration is $40 which includes the cost of the assessment, class materials, lunch and refreshments.  Registration will close on June 1, 2016.

Head over to the 2016 Leadership Series page to learn more about the great learning opportunities available!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


LEARN - Understanding the New Generation of Volunteers

Can you feel that?  There’s been a “seismic shift” impacting the volunteering world during the last 20 years.  And that shift is now impacting organizations as they work to recruit and retain volunteers.  Margaret Henderson recently contributed a post to the UNC School of Government’s Public Leadership Blog about the need to be flexible when we work with volunteers.   This flexibility is needed in order to recognize the unique qualities and attributes volunteers bring based on their generation, interests, and experience.   We know that if we can engage people in one type of civic engagement task, such as volunteering, they are more likely to become involved in other groups, committees, and events.  Read all of Margaret Henderson’s post  in the UNC’s School of Government Public Leadership Blog to learn more about the “seismic shift” in volunteering and how to meet the needs of those who want to serve in your community.


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Thursday, May 12, 2016

OPPORTUNITY -  Connect Your Community Project to University Resources


The Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NWRSDP) has announced its funding priorities for community projects in FY2017.  They will focus on projects related to natural resources, food systems, clean energy, and resilient communities and tourism.  You can learn more about the area that is covered by the NWRSDP here.   Idea Briefs for this grant opportunity are due on May 30 and September 30.  Visit their website for more details on how to apply. 

Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect communities in Greater Minnesota with resources from the University of Minnesota.  As part of University of Minnesota Extension, RSDP brings together community members with knowledge and start-up funding from the University in order to solve problems and work towards efforts that address their four main focus areas.  Learn more about the exciting projects that RSDP is involved in across Minnesota.


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Wednesday, May 11, 2016


OPPORTUNITY - Recognize Preservation Efforts in Your Community

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) has announced it is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Minnesota Preservation Awards.  These awards honor groups and individuals who have worked to preserve Minnesota’s historic resources.  We know many of you work hard in your communities to preserve the historic structures that tell the story of your town and region.  Take time to visit PAM’s website and nominate someone for their work!  Applications will be accepted through Thursday, June 30, 2016 until 4:30 p.m.


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Monday, May 9, 2016

Greetings From the New Alumni Program and Cohort Coordinator!


Hello!  My name is Christy Kallevig and I am excited to join the Center for Community Vitality as the new Alumni Program and Cohort Coordinator.  I am based in the Willmar regional office but serve alumni and leadership and civic engagement cohort programs throughout Greater Minnesota.  I have a background in social work with a focus on community practice and development.  My interests have always been in program development and I love taking a small idea and turning it into a big reality.

Throughout my career in social services and youth programming I have found great joy in helping people discover new talents, skills, and knowledge.  In this role, I look forward to helping you to further your leadership journey and enhance your talents and skills.  We know that, as leaders, we must never stop learning about emerging issues that will impact our communities and state.  I hope to bring this type of information and education to you through webinars, in person educational events, and the leadership and civic engagement alumni site. 

I look forward to meeting many of you as I travel to different events throughout the state.  Please feel free to contact me at kallevig@umn.edu or (320)235-0726 ext. 2018, if you have ideas for alumni programming or want to host an event in your area.  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Opportunity - The Future of Rural Communities: Implications for Housing Forum


Many factors contribute to the housing needs within rural communities.  The Federal Reserve Board along with interested partners will present a forum to address housing issues in America on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The live-stream event will explore the changing demographics and economic trends that impact rural communities.  There will also be discussion on models that have developed through the innovate work and collaborative efforts of policymakers and community members.  Don't miss this great opportunity to gain more knowledge on this important topic. Check out the full agenda and plan to join the live-stream event on May 10!

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Learn - Lessons from a Vocal Mob Hijacking a Meeting


Have you been in a meeting that has been hijacked by a vocal mob? Author Dave Biggs, a public engagement professional, shared a story about a time that it happened to him in a local community meeting and the lessons he learned. One big lesson:
In some situations, we reduced the opportunities for disruptive plenary outbursts by organizing table discussions.
Go read the full article to get three more practical tips to help meetings run smoothly.

If you are looking for more tips on what to do in tough situations, join our webinar. Information and registration at z.umn.edu/toughsituations

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