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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

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We invite parents, family members, healthcare providers, and others to help us increase healthcare access for pregnant people. Parents 15-19-years-old, with less than a high school education, and/or who are Black/African American face the largest care gaps.

C2C Admin Message

Compensated co-designer description

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2023 Targeted Business Enterprise Utilization Plan Reports (December 03, 2023)

2023 4Q: November; October

2023 3Q Reports: September; August, July reports

2023 2Q: June 2023 Report (featuring Nashauna Johnson-Lenoir Success);  April 2023 Communications; Equity in Built Environment Career: Mentors and Guest Speakers Wanted. 

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Discovery Square Shared Lab Infastructure (November 30, 2023)

A shared lab space for a community of like-minded entrepreneurs associated with one or more academic research partners

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BIPOC Cohort Winter Food Drive (November 30, 2023)

BIPOC Cohort Winter Food Drive on behalf of LifeGate Services. 

 

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Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation (November 15, 2023)

 FALL UPDATES: SUPPORTING THE NONPROFIT ECOSYSTEM

GET TO KNOW THESE INSPIRING FACING RACE AWARD RECIPIENTS Stream the 2023 Facing Race Awards

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CMRC Community Health Collaboraton Portal Application to Mayo Social Impact Grant (November 10, 2023)

1. CMRC proposal was not selected for funding 2023-11-10 but it did receive strong consideration from Mayo social impact review panel. 

2. Community Health Collaboration Portal has been selected to second round and pitched to Mayo panel 2023-10-24. Pitch format to follow Mayo Clinic's Walleye Tank style. 

3. August CMRC meeting video recording

4. CMRC Coalition's submission to Mayo Social Innovation Grant: Proposal details and letters of support.

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Mayo Clinic part of new nationwide health innovation network (November 05, 2023)

1. The Mayo Clinic Platform is one of more than a dozen initial spokes of that network. Dr. John Halamka, president of the Mayo Clinic Platform, said it was chosen for its work using data and augmented intelligence to help find cures for patients.

2. Who's who in charge of Mayo Clinic Platform

3, Federal ARPA-H Info

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State of Minnesota Governor Announrcements (November 04, 2023)

1. Elimination of Four-Year College Degree Requirements for Most State Jobs;

2. Grants for Infrastructure Projects That Will Fund Nearly 1,000 Jobs in Greater Minnesota; 

3. Increased Payments for Child Care.

 

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CMR Outreach to community organizations to take up NIH Build Up Trust Grant (November 01, 2023)

1. 2023-11-01 CMRC Convening a Checkpoint Meeting to gauge collaboration interests.

2. 2023-10-12 One Olmstead to take a lead;

3. Updates with CMRC,

4.  More info from NIH

5. Outreaches to Mayo, UMR and Olmsted County Public Health. 

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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (October 30, 2023)

1; Oct 2023 Inclusive and Equitable Communities Grant

2. 2019 impact report

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Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) 2023 Reports (October 29, 2023)

Four MCM Reports: 

1. 2023 Current Conditions of Minnesota's Nonprofit Sector. 

2. 2023 Minnesota Nonprofit Economy Report: A Statewide and Regional Analysis 

3. Equity in Minnesota State Grantmaking

4. State Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits: Increasing Effectiveness, Transparency, and Accountability

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