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DEI Discussions

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION (DEI) DISCUSSIONS


Policy Work with DACA and the 2020 Census

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program defers the removal of certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, have obeyed the law, and stayed in school or enlisted in the military. Hear Jocelynn Harnandez-Swanson’s personal story with DACA. Learn about the DEI Policy Work in the 2020 Census from Xp Lee & Katina Mortensen

Presenters: Jocelyn Hernandez-Swanson, Leadership and Civic Engagement Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality;

Xp Lee, Program Manager, Minnesota Council on Foundations; Katina Mortensen, Director of Public Policy, Minnesota Council on Foundations.

Facilitator: Jocelyn Hernandez-Swanson & Tami Skinner

Tue., June 15, 6:30-8 p.m.

Call(507) 934-3048 x. 1 to register. Register by June 14, FREE. On the day of the presentation, we will email you the link to the Google Meet presentation.


Microaggressions in the Workplace, when good people behave badly

Often good intentions receive more attention than the negative impacts they may produce. In the same way, white superiority created the systems and structures we have in place, it also created the ability for the people who benefit to not see or overlook the effects on those who are marginalized or injured. When confronted with these truths, the reactions of many if not most white Americans falls under the category of white fragility. This webinar highlights the ways white fragility appears in the workplace and how it can be addressed for individual and organizational growth. Learning Outcomes: Gain an understanding of where white fragility comes from. Explore examples of how it appears in equity work and in the workplace. Examine strategies that address white fragility and create buy-in.

Presenter- Rebecca Slaby, Executive Director, AMAZworks

Facilitators– Julie Hawker and Tami Skinner

Tue., June 29, 6:30-8 p.m.

Call (507) 934-3048 x.1 to register. Register by June 28, FREE. On the day of the presentation, we will email you the link to the Google Meet presentation.


Equity and Art

An exploration of art to deepen your understanding of racism, social justice through art, and how artists impact the world to create change. Following the presentation, you may register for a collage workshop where you can share your own feelings and messages.

Presenter& Discussion Facilitator – April Malphurs, Artist, Sculptor & Certified Art Teacher

Tue., July 20, 6:30–8 p.m.

Call(507) 934-3048 x. 1 to register. Register by July 12, FREE. On the day of the presentation, we will email you the link to the Google Meet presentation.

Equity and Art Self Reflective Art Collage

Part 2

Following the Equity and Art discussion, April will guide you through the process of self-reflection and creating a collage that expresses your feelings and messages.

April Malphurs, Artist, Sculptor & Certified Art Teacher

Wed., July 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Register by July 12, $13, Call (507) 934-3048 x.1 to register and pay. We will email you a list of materials to gather and provide you with the link to the Google Meet presentation.



Learn about diversity, equity, and inclusion through the voices of those working in Minnesota. We will showcase some of the learning modules from the 2020 Rural MN Equity Summit organized by Region 9, Greater Mankato Area Diversity Council, University of MN Extension, and Saint Peter Community & Family Education with funding from the Bush Foundation, Blandin Foundation, Blue Cross BlueShield Foundation, and other regional business sponsors.