Communities

The fine art of inclusion: Moving beyond the gaps

At the YWCA’s Annual Time to Talk last October, the inclusion expert, Andrés Tapia, spoke about our legendary Minnesota equity gaps. We have the worst gap in the nation between graduation rates for Latino students and white students—the 2nd worst between African American and white students. Tapia pointed out that inclusion is a skill, not an attitude, and that equally compelling studies demonstrate that increased diversity can improve or impede an environment. The research has proven, he said, that the difference lies in how diversity is managed. “Greater diversity leads to greater creativity and productivity,” he said, “only when managed well.”

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'Whose Diversity?': University of Minnesota group calls for action with delivery of about 30 far-reaching demands to administration

Independent student collective Whose Diversity? released a list of diversity-rooted demands to University of Minnesota policymakers Wednesday.

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War on Poverty debate: By the numbers, there's little argument in Minnesota

Minnesota governor Karl Rolvaag addresses the 1966 DFL state convention, with a poster of President Lyndon Johnson prominently displayed in the background. (Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society/Jerome Liebling)

“It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single weapon or strategy will suffice, but we shall not rest until that war is won.”

Lyndon B. Johnson

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TC Weekend | Art in Bloom, Cinco de Mayo, MayDay, Festival of Nations & more!

We’ve endured puddles, potholes, puddles in potholes and chilly April showers -- now it’s time for some May flowers!  This weekend’s forecast calls for a bit more sun (crossing fingers), perfect for getting out to Art in Bloom, the Summer Flower Show, and the many festivals in the Twin Cities. Details below:

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Flex your filmmaker muscles during One Day in the Twin Cities Saturday

Citizens across the Twin Cities are invited to pick up their camcorders and pull out their smartphones Saturday, April 26 as part of the cities-wide media creation event, 

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TC Weekend | Get into the swing of spring with the Saint Paul Art Crawl and more!

TC Weekend is back, a sure sign of spring! We've selected a few choice events to help you ease into the season. From Earth Day cleanups and One Day in the Twn Cities to literary readings and art showings, there's plenty on tap to help you get out and about this weekend!

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Collateral costs: Racial disparities and injustice in Minnesota's marijuana laws

Blacks in Minnesota are 6.4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, one of the nation’s highest disparities, according to FBI statistics. Our latest report finds these disproportionate arrest rates further exacerbate equity gaps for individuals and neighborhoods in communities of color.

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University District Alliance public forum addresses area concerns

Como resident and property owner Mary Kay Dooley expresses concerns and ideas for the neighborhood at a forum at Van Cleve Community Center on Thursday. (Photo by Holly Peterson)

City officials were on hand as community members discussed ways to make the University of Minnesota area more livable Thursday.

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Full-service community schools 101

At a recent Minneapolis school board candidate forum, hosted by the Coalition for Quality Schools, several candidates committed to the “full-service community schools” model. That phrase gets a lot of use, it risks becoming a vague buzzword. For context, the only Minnesota schools currently recognized by the Coalition for Community Schools are the Brooklyn Center school district and Saint Paul’s Achievement Plus schools.

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Lost and found: My Minne-Mex journey

The following is the story I shared last month at Sanctuary’s first story telling event: "The Story"

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