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Purpose

The Community Focus Team dedicates itself to engaging all school district stakeholders in conversations about racism and its effects regarding equity and disparity of marginalized student populations and provide advice/counsel and recommendations to the School Board to foster student success.

How Statements

Process

  • Being a constant voice to the district and community that our current district systemic racism is not what we want to be as a community. Ensure continuous conversations
  • Creating a system of transparency (i.e., having open meetings, community listening sessions)

Conversation

  • Being a conduit for input/conversation and engagement with community groups and business
  • Gathering input – community conversations
  • Holding regular opportunities for discussion and feedback with stakeholders
  • Identifying and holding meetings with community groups
  • Initiating discussions on equity – racial, economic, ethnic and other diverse groups
  • Initiating discussions on improving communications and understanding to bring out misunderstandings and assumptions without blaming
  • Planning to educate community
  • Using the word “racism” – this is why we’re here

District Accountability

  • Asking for regular, public updates from the District on progress being made
  • Holding schools and school administrators accountable for base action and conversations using data
  • Making specific recommendations on budget, staffing, programs
  • Writing a plan to implement recommendations
  • Randomized assessment of discipline issues going forward, with emphasis on students and their families’ perspectives
  • Reviewing “best practices,” other districts, OCR, etc.
  • Reviewing district data

Evaluation

  • Devising a study of racial bias in district staff
  • Engaging all district staff in developing a critical equity lens, of which the first step would be to complete an individual intercultural inventory (e.g., IDI), participating in both group and individual analysis, and completing next steps for deepening intercultural competence/white identity development/understanding of differences/knowledge of systemic privilege
  • Expecting and analyzing behavior data from schools
  • Finding out what gaps exist in navigating the system for students, families, staff, potential staff, and potential partners through focus sessions with each group.
    • People don’t know what they don’t know. How would they find out what they don’t know? Note: there was a community focus world cafe a few years ago on “Why there is a lack of minority teachers?” One reason was that minorities who wanted to be teachers needed help/mentors with the licensure process. Many were the first in their families to attend college so it may not be as easy for them to go through the process.
  • Investigating how our community and school systems might be contributing to the inequities and disparities in our schools (housing, employment, accessibility to preschool education and extracurricular/enrichment opportunities, student-teacher ratios in schools, racial/ethnic/socio- economic balance in our schools, etc.)
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Community Status/News

Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement (June 18, 2018)

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Mayor Brede signed ICI pledge (June 15, 2018)

On Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 11:00 am, the Journey to Growth team, the City of Rochester and citizens of Rochester will gather in the City Hall Atrium for a special Signing Ceremony, designating Rochester as the first U.S. City to join the Council of Europe’s ICI (Intercultural Cities Initiative) program.

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Rochester Area Family Y 2018 Summer Program (June 01, 2018)

The YMCA has 250 free summer memberships to give to teens in need this year. 

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Three DMC Proposals (May 27, 2018)

Three projects looking for TIF: Hotel Indigo, Hyatt House Hotel and Wells Fargo Bank Building Renovation

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Host Families for UMR Global Connections Community (May 24, 2018)

  UMR is looking for Culture Host Families to build a Global Connections Community.

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Southeast Minnesota Workforce Development Board Strategic Planning Meeting (May 17, 2018)

openBeam's information on structure and Southeast Minnesota Workforce Development Board Strategic Planning Meeting
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Community Health Collaboration Conversation: Public Health, the Y and Diversity Council (May 10, 2018)

Al Lun, openBeam, facilitated a 2018-05-8 meeting with Josh May, the Y; Dee Sabol, Diversity Council and Meaghan Sheridan, Olmsted Public Health to introduce each organization's community health related activities.

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Rochester Area Volunteer Fair 2018 (May 09, 2018)

List of agencies participated in April 12, 2018 Community Volunteer Fair.

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CNG Steering Committee working on 2018 Compass Points (May 08, 2018)

 CNG Steering Committee is working on the next version of Rochester/Olmsted County Compass report.

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