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This is a collection of what is deemed to be events having impacts on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  


See the Diversity Beam for notable DEI projects. 



Start Date Tags Title Description
Jul 24, 2024 11:00 AM ('diversity', 'community') Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Community Connect Event Community Connect is an informal biannual gathering for community members from across the state to meet and find serendipitous connections to their next funder, accomplice, or co-conspirator. This event is not just for the outgoing and social—we’re confident it will be a meaningful and welcoming experience for extroverts and introverts alike.
Jul 20, 2024 04:30 PM ('youth', 'education', 'diversity', 'community') UTSAV: The Festival of Colors 2024 Join us on Saturday, July 20th, 2024, from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM for UTSAV: The Festival of Colors, a vibrant celebration of the diverse cultural heritage of the Asian Indian community. This event is open to all, and we welcome everyone to come and have fun! Enjoy delicious food, color splash, captivating dance performances, mesmerizing music, and explore a diverse array of products available for browsing.
Jul 17, 2024 12:00 PM ('Diversity', 'governance') Virtual Information Session: Mobilizing Olmsted Voices for Equity Learn about how you can be the voice of your community and make a difference in helping to shape its future.
Jul 14, 2024 03:00 PM ('time-sensitive', 'Diversity Council') Meet the Candidates in Ward 2
Jul 13, 2024 12:00 PM ('food', 'diversity', 'community engagement') Farm Fest 204 The FARM Fest is an event for all of us to share the cross-cultural experience as we are building community, sharing customs and cultural connections, and increasing our overall health,
Jul 10, 2024 12:00 PM ('DMC', 'Diversity', 'Housing', 'key', 'CMRC') How Organizations Can Commit to Accessibility We will explore how organizations can enhance their commitment to accessibility, ensuring inclusivity for all individuals.
Jul 06, 2024 03:00 PM ('youth', 'culture', 'education', 'Diversity') Somali Independence Day
Jul 04, 2024 11:00 AM ('diversity', 'Asian', 'community') Cambodian Annual Picnic You are cordially invited to join us for the Cambodian Annual Picnic, a celebration of our community's success and unity! As we gather together to share in the joy of our community's accomplishments, we extend an open invitation to all to join us for an afternoon of food, fun, friendship and story sharing of our past. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with our fellow community members, make new friends, and create lasting memories.
Jun 25, 2024 04:00 PM ('time-sensitive', 'Diversity', 'CMRC') 2024 Village Farmers Market Kickoff Farmer's Markets start on Tuesday June 25, 4 - 7 pm, and run all Tuesdays through early October.
Jun 24, 2024 04:30 PM ('diversity', 'disability', 'community', 'c2c', 'key', 'CMRC', 'united way') CMRC June 2024 Meeting CMRC Updates, ISAIAH; Three Rivers Community Actions on Housing; Mobilizing Olmsted County Voices for Equity; Vision 2050
Jun 23, 2024 12:00 PM ('diversity', 'imaa', 'youth', 'Culture', 'education') 2024 Walk Around the World In partnership with IMAA, Walk Around the World celebrates the multicultural diversity that represents Olmsted County and celebrates the contributions that refugees and immigrants bring to the community. The event also recognizes World Refugee Day that occurs on June 20th. Join us for cultural performances, ethnic food, vendors, and cultural and community agency booths. This fun, FREE family event is on June 22, 2024, from 12-4pm with a rain date of June 23, 2024. There will be plenty of activities to keep your kids active and entertained!
Jun 20, 2024 05:00 PM ('diversity', 'disability', 'art', 'community') PossAbilities: The Art of Theatre - Skills Class Skilled actress and theater director Amanda Leyawiin is partnering with PossAbilities for a fun night of improv and learning theatrical skills.
Jun 19, 2024 09:30 AM ('diversity',) Juneteenth Jubilee Breakfast Come join us for a morning of celebration and unity at the Empire Event Center. Start your day off right with a delicious breakfast spread. Juneteenth or “Freedom Day” is a day of recognition, restoration and celebration.
Jun 16, 2024 01:00 PM ('diversity', 'community', 'civic engagement', 'Diversity', 'NAACP') Punch 9 for Harold Washington Feature Documentary Supported by the Office of the Mayor, Rochester City DEI, in partnership with the NAACP
Jun 15, 2024 12:00 PM ('diversity', 'Culture', 'NAACP') Juneteenth 2024 Freedom Day-Love Wins Join us and the community for a fantastic fun filled family event with the community, sponsors, and community collaborators. Juneteenth is very important to the African American community and is a day to honor the emancipation of slavery back in 1865.
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Two types of event information being shared in the following:

1. A list of Beam aware upcoming community events of all types. 

2. A list of noteworthy past events that have one or more of the following contents: presentation slides, video recordings as well as takeaways. 

Upcoming Events
Rochester Clinic: Cognitive Health Jul 22, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — 125 Live
Rochester City Council Ward 2 Candidate Forum Jul 22, 2024 06:30 PM - 07:45 PM — Roch Pub Library Aud, doors open at 6 pm
May 2024 Rochester Vision 2050 Community Engagement Jul 23, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM — TBD
RCTC: Come learn about FAFSA! Jul 23, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — RCTC - Welcome & One Stop Center
LWV-R Candidate Forum Rochester City Council Ward 4 Jul 23, 2024 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM — Roch Pub Library Aud, doors open at 6 pm
Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Community Connect Event Jul 24, 2024 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM — Rochester Area Foundation 12 Elton Hills Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901
RCTC: Come learn about FAFSA! Jul 25, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — RCTC - Welcome & One Stop Center
LWV-R Candidate Forum Olmsted County Commissioner District 3 Jul 30, 2024 06:30 PM - 07:45 PM — Roch Pub Library Aud, doors open at 6 pm
FORUM WITH COUNCIL MEMBER-AT-LARGE AND WARD CANDIDATES Aug 01, 2024 06:30 PM - 08:15 PM — Christ United Methodist Church, 400
C2C FASA Unlock your Future Aug 02, 2024 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM — United Way
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Bryk Apartments Rental Eligibility Amendment

July 17, 2024 City of Rochester: Adopting a Resolution authorizing an amendment to the Development Assistance Agreement and the Declaration of Restrictive Covenants to revise the affordability covenants related to the 80% Units.

March and May 2023 reports to DMCC including video, documents and presentations. 

Last Updated July 17, 2024

City Housing Support

Home Ownership Creation Program - Prairie Ridge: "NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Common Council of the City of Rochester, MN hereby approves the contribution of $4,000,000 to the Prairie Ridge development to support the creation of 201 for-sale homes via the Home Ownership Creation Program.


Last Updated July 17, 2024

How does racism impact people’s health?

 New Mayo Clinic, U of M framework aims to guide future research. The framework defines structural racism as the “totality of ways in which societies foster racial discrimination through mutually reinforcing systems of housing, education, employment, earnings, benefits, credit, media, health care and criminal justice.”

Last Updated July 13, 2024

Norsq Cos Townhomes & Two state-supported Mayowood housing projects

PB Reporting Housing Projects

Proposed $68M 187-unit rental townhome project.

Olmsted County Trailside Apartments $13 million project 36-Unit Senior Apartments, Bear Creek Development and Three Rivers Community Action $22.7 million Restoration Glen, 48-Unit Apartment Complex,


Last Updated July 11, 2024

United Way of Olmsted County Report

$1.1 million funding for 48 participants 2024-07-10

FoodSecurity noun “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways” (USDA).

Last Updated July 10, 2024

2024 Targeted Business Enterprise Utilization Plan Reports

2Q 2024: June 2024May 2024 - Admin Message, TBE Report; April 2024 - Admin Message, TBE Report

1Q 2024: Feb 2024 - Admin Message, TBE Report; Jan 2024: Admin Message, TBE Report

Special callouts: Women in Construction; City of Rochester Equity in Development 

Last Updated July 01, 2024

City of Rochester - Justice, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (JEDI) Audit Status

June 24, 2024 City Council Study Session: Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Audit per Goodenough 

Departmental Audit reports of: Human Resources; Rochester Public Library; Parks & Rec 


Last Updated June 26, 2024

Rochester Area Volunteer Administration Training Info

Volunteer Recruitment Effectiveness: What can advertising teach us? 

Volunteer Process Assessment 

Last Updated June 22, 2024

Somali American Social Service Association

SASSA to receive $1M from MN to train workers for high-demand employment. 

The funding is awarded under the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Targeted Populations Workforce Competitive Grant Program.

Last Updated June 21, 2024

Community Building Fund

The City of Rochester welcomes applications for the Community Building Fund.  This fund is all about supporting projects, programs, and events in the city that actively promote equity and inclusion.

Last Updated June 20, 2024

Homes for our Neighbors Community Gathering

Calling for Community Support at Community Meeting:  The most recent Olmsted County Maxfield Study found that from 2020-2030, housing demand required 18,000 new housing units. 71% would need to be general-occupancy and 29% age-restricted senior housing.


Last Updated June 15, 2024

Mixed Housing Mayo Civic Center Parking Lot

June 3, 2024 City Council Meeting 

Council action is requested to continue development negotiations with Sherman Associates and conditionally approve development assistance of up to $13,000,000 in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) assistance and up to $3,000,000 in DMC General State Infrastructure Aid.  

Last Updated June 13, 2024

PossAbilities Announcements

June 20, 2024 Skills Class: The Art of Theatre

Collaboration with CMRC: Presentation Slides, Video Recording Clip

Last Updated June 11, 2024

Three Rivers Restorative Justice Circle

Three River Restorative Justice and Project Legacy Restorative Circle re Century High racial hate incident

Circle included Kendall Hughes, co-founder of Three Rivers Restorative Justice, a partner of Project Legacy

Last Updated June 11, 2024

Olmsted County Community Indicators 2023

Report contains info: 

1. Demographics 2. Population by age 3. Diversity 4. Foreign-born population 5. Languages and ancestry 6. Educational trends 7. Household income 8. Poverty status 9. Health factors 10. Housing and living 11. Labor force 12. Unemployment rate 13. Election trends 14. Community safety 15. Environmental factors 16. Highlights 17. References

Last Updated June 09, 2024

ISAIAH Rochester Agenda

Focus Area: Housing; Our Next Generation; Healthcare; Community-Building; Climate

Activities: Rochester Faith in MN & ISAIAH Calendar and Strategic Missions

Reference: CMRC June 24, 2024 Meeting Presentation Video


Last Updated June 09, 2024

Metro State University Invitation

White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI) Economic Summit in St. Paul, MN on July 2, 2024

Last Updated June 07, 2024

May 2024 Minnesota Compass Newsletter

May MN Compass Newsletter

Importance of data disaggregation: Minnesota's Asian Population, Minnesota's Black communities

Last Updated June 03, 2024

Mr and Ms JuneTeenth 2024

2024 Recognition

$1K Scholarship: 2024 Rochester H.S. Graduate: Application and Nomination, Sponsorship and Donation support

Facebook photos of 2024 Mr. and Miss Juneteenth

Last Updated May 29, 2024

DMC's BioRoch effort to Collaborate with MN MedTech 3.0

DMCC Board Updates:

1. May 2024 Status Memo to DMCC Board  

2. Feb 2024 DMCC Board Meeting: Video Clip of Discussion at Feb 1 2024 DMCC Board - DMC part of MedTech 3.0; Memo to DMCC

3. Nov. 2023 Video Clip of Discussion at DMCC Board Meeting about MN MedTech 3.0 Description and Webinar

References: US DEA Tech Hub Awardees 

Last Updated May 27, 2024