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Showing posts from June, 2016

Leading with Cultural Competence

We recently held the Leading with Cultural Competence workshop as part of the 2016 Leadership Series.  This day-long session allowed participants to explore their understanding of cultural competence and how to be more effective leaders.  For the next four weeks we will explore the topic of cultural competence using information presented as part of this session as well as new research.  Make sure to check back each Wednesday in July to learn more about cultural competence and strategies to help you be more effective in leading across cultures.

Don't Miss the New Issue of Vital Connections!

University of Minnesota Extension’s Center for Community Vitality has released the Summer 2016 issues of Vital Connections.  Make sure to read the great articles looking at the future of rural grocery stores and the ways our alumni have chosen to lead in their communities.  The quarterly newsletter is a great mix of research and insight from the University of Minnesota Extension and real stories from Minnesota communities!

OPPORTUNITY - Network with Others Who Value Community Development

The Community Development Society (CDS) and International Association for Community Development (IACD) Conference is coming to Minnesota!  The theme for the conference being held in Bloomington, MN from July 24th through July 27th is Sustaining Community Change - Building Local Capacity to Sustain Community Development Initiatives.  Attendees will have the opportunity to network with peers involved in the area of community development and hear from speakers on community development issues from state, national, and international perspectives.  Those who attend also have options of participating in pre-conference sessions as well as mobile learning workshops.  Wow!  Take advantage of this great event happening right here in Minnesota.  Visit the conference website for more information and to register!

LEARN: An Evening of Stories from Emerging Leaders

Civic engagement and politics are popular topics in conversations and the news as we approach this year's election.  As leaders, we pay attention to the conversations and think about how different actions impact us personally as well as our communities.  These thoughts and conversations can change how we decide to be involved and what action we choose to take.  Minnesota Rising with Minnesota Public Radio’s Generation Listen is hosting an interactive event to explore how we can work toward positive change through action and involvement.  “Keeping it 100” is an evening of stories from emerging leaders who have diverse backgrounds and approaches for working in communities.  To learn more about this event and the diverse group of leaders speaking visit Minnesota Rising.
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Leadership Makes a Difference

We value the work that alumni from our programs are doing in their communities and we want to share it with everyone.  We have added an exciting page that features alumni from various leadership and civic engagement programs around the state to our website.  Check out the great ideas that your fellow alumni shared about their action plans following their leadership program by visiting the "Leadership makes a difference" from the Center for Community Vitality's webpage.  This page is about you and the work that you are doing so help us add more stories and more pictures!  Contact Christy at if you have a story to share or know an alumni that we should feature.

Help Wanted: Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships Seeking Board Members

The five Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships are citizen driven and work to build community-University partnerships that create new opportunities and solve problems in Greater Minnesota.  RSDP works to bring together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.  Members of the RSDP Regional Boards work to help those identified projects succeed and make lasting community impacts.  If you are interested in serving as a Board Member visit the RSDP website and review the Board member application at the bottom of the page or contact Caryn Mohr for additional information.

Photo Credit: Flickr Michiel Gaas

OPPORTUNITY: Recognize Good Work and Leaders in Your Community

The Minnesota Association of Community and Leadership Education Professionals (MACLEP) supports those who work in community development.  In 2016 they want to recognize the good work that is being done within communities and by community leaders throughout Minnesota.  Award winners will be recognized as part of a pre-conference gathering at the Community Development Society’s National Conference being held in Minnesota this July.  To learn more about the awards and nominate someone visit the MACLEP website at this link.  Deadline for nomination is June 15, 2016.