Monday, March 31, 2014

Affirming Authenticity: Identity-Driven Leadership [at Work]

Affirming Authenticity: Identity-Driven Leadership [at Work]
Thursday, April 24, 2014
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Rondo Community Outreach Library
Has there ever been a time when you’ve felt  “different” in your workplace because you did not fit the mold of the dominant culture?  Do you ever feel the need to work twice as hard as others to demonstrate that you have the skills and intellect to advance in the workplace? Many women of diversity find that their professional aspirations and environment are in conflict with their personal values and practices.

Join us for a stimulating conversation with Terra Cole, Executive Director of Heritage Park Neighborhood Association, and Sahra Noor, Director of Community Health and Language Services at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. We will discuss how women of diversity can continue to leverage their unique assets in order to excel in the workplace.
Light refreshments will be provided. 
Save the date for the final event in the three-part "Affirming Authenticity: Identity-Driven Leadership" Conversation Series:
  • Affirming Authenticity: Identity-Driven Leadership [for Yourself] on May 13, 2014 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Rondo Community Outreach Library

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Eighth Annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards

I was honored to serve on the Selection Committee for the 2014 Facing Race Ambassador Awards and am delighted to share the Award Recipients and Honorable Mentions below. Join the Saint Paul Foundation to celebrate and recognize the amazing work of these community leaders working for a more racially just community. See below for details and RSVP by this Friday, March 28!

2014 Ambassador Awards

A man and a woman, each holding a chalkboard sign with their thoughts about race

The Eighth Annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards

Monday, April 7, 2014
6:00-7:00 p.m. – Conversation and Appetizers
7:00-8:00 p.m. – Program
Crowne Plaza Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel
11 Kellogg Boulevard East, Saint Paul, MN 55101 Map
$5 parking: Crowne Plaza and Capital City Parking Ramps
$10 valet parking: Crowne Plaza

RSVP by March 28, 2014

Admission is free; seating is limited.
  • Register online — tips:
    • Select the number of attendees (seats).
    • If you are registering for yourself, select the option "myself." Enter the name of each guest.
    • Enter your name, address, phone number (use dashes) and email address.
  • Register by calling 651.325.4265

2014 Ambassador Award Recipients

  • Jada Sherrie Mitchell, Tartan High School Student and Youth Leader
  • Justin Terrell, TakeAction Minnesota

2014 Honorable Mentions

  • Jennifer Godinez, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP)
  • Bukata Hayes, Greater Mankato Diversity Council
  • Dr. Cecilia Martinez, Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy

Keynote Speaker

Celebrated photographer Wing Young Huie documents the socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society. Wing engages contrasting points of view when he presents photographs and asks, “What do you see?” He then facilitates dialogue around cultural and personal perceptions, creating a challenging yet safe environment for discussion.

More about the Ambassador Awards

The Facing Race Ambassador Awards celebrate and honor individuals and organizations working to create a racially equitable community. By highlighting the valuable work of award recipients and honorees, we hope to inspire discussion, dialogue and action around critical issues of race and racism.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Apply for a NAVIGATE Fellowship!

NAVIGATE fellows serve to help immigrant young adults receive access to college education, jobs and legal status. Fellows volunteer with NAVIGATE projects based on work-plans they help to develop and execute. Four fellowships will be awarded to young adults who have demonstrated leadership and are committed to the leadership development of immigrant young adults.

NAVIGATE Fellowship
Deadline: Monday March 24, 2014

Four Fellowships will be awarded to young adults who have demonstrated leadership and are committed to the leadership development of immigrant young adults. The focus area include, but are not limited to:
  • Presentation Coordinator
  • Community/Outreach Coordinator
  • Fundraising & Gala Coordinator
  • Communications Coordinator 
Priority will be given to young adults who have financial, social and legal barriers to higher education and to students who are ineligible for federal financial aid.

Recipients will be given the opportunity to build their leadership skills, contribute to NAVIGATE and will receive awards of $500 each.

 Find application and more information here.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

LGBTQ & Two-Spirit POC Community Dialogue on safe, health promoting communities

How safe do you feel when you step outside your home? What determines where you walk? What determines what mode of transit you will use (bike, walk, bus, car)? Receive a $30 Target gift card for answering these and other questions at the LGBTQ & Two-Spirit POC Community Dialogue on creating safe, health promoting communities. See below for more details and to sign up.

Receive $30 Target gift card for participating in:

LGBTQ & Two-Spirit POC Community Dialogue on creating safe, health promoting communities. 

When: Tuesday, March 25 from 5:30-8:00 pm

Where: Cafe SouthSide, 3405 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis

Register today
Earn $30 Target gift card for FULL participation in entire evening
Email your name and phone number to

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit & Queer POC Community Dialogue is creating a safe space to bring our communities together to answer the following questions:

  • What makes the communities in which we live, work or play safe? Or not safe?
  • What makes the transit system of buses, sidewalks, trains and bike lanes safe? Or not safe?
  • What should the city, county or state be doing to ensure our communities and transit system are safe?
Your answers to these questions will be used to inform the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Legislature on what our LGBTQ and Two-Spirit communities of color need to feel safer walking, biking and using public transit in our neighborhoods.

This dialogue is hosted by: University of Minnesota Program in Health Disparities Research; Health Equity Working Committee Shades of Yellow; The Exchange; Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition; Minnesota Two-Spirit Society Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Allies Programs Office

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Affirming Authenticity: Identity-Driven Leadership [at Home]

Affirming Authenticity: Identity-Driven Leadership [at Home]

Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)

Rondo Community Outreach Library

Register online.

LOCUS presents the "Affirming Authenticity Series" and invites women of diversity for a three-part conversation on identity-driven leadership. Diverse women live and operate in multiple contexts and are challenged to bring all of who we are to each role we play. Identity-driven leadership involves contributing our valuable experience and unique perspectives to our workplaces, communities, and families. Join us for this series of engaging and uplifting conversations!
As women of diversity, many of us grew up in families and communities that exposed us to diverse outlooks and provided us with rich heritage and customs. Encouraged to prioritize family duties and traditional values, we can find it challenging to showcase our cultural identities in the outside world where we are not considered part of mainstream American culture.
We often face similar challenges explaining our professional and public endeavors to family members who aren't always familiar with the career paths we choose to pursueDo you ever find yourself feeling conflicted by your obligations to family and community and your personal aspirations for your career and life goals?

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Join us for a stimulating conversation with Asma Lori Saroya, co-founder and president of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota (CAIR-MN), and Minerva Munoz, Director of TRIO Upward Bound at the University of MinnesotaWe will discuss how our family values as well as public purpose can jointly inform our senses of identity and how we can bring our whole selves to our leadership styles and contributions.
Light refreshments will be provided. 
Save the dates for the next two in the three-part "Affirming Authenticity: Identity-Driven Leadership" Conversation Series:
  • Affirming Authenticity: Identity-Driven Leadership [at Work] on April 24, 2014 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Rondo Community Outreach Library
  • Affirming Authenticity: Identity-Driven Leadership [for Yourself] on May 13, 2014 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Rondo Community Outreach Library

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Isuroon Seeking Board of Directors members

Isuroon is currently seeking candidates for its Board of Directors. Providing health education, communication, and advocacy, the organization promotes health equity and literacy and helps Somali women to build self-sufficiency and maintain healthy lives. Learn more below and at the Isuroon website!

Isuroon Nonprofit’s mission is to provide health education, communication, and advocacy. The organization promotes health equity and literacy and helps Somali women to build self‐sufficiency and maintain healthy lives. For more information, please Isuroon website at

The Board Chair will provide leadership to Isuroon Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which is to purpose is to sustainable national and International entity. The Board Chair will support and sustain the work of Isuroon, and provide governance leadership and strategic fundraising support. Specific responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance, and oversight
  • Being a trusted advisor to the Chair help develop and implement with Isuroon’s strategic plan
  • Developing and managing relationships and communicating with: funders, partners, and other stakeholders
  • As a board member, approving Isuroon annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Planning, presiding over, and facilitating board and committee meetings; partnering with the Executive Director to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
  • Acting as an ambassador for the organization
  • Ensuring Isuroon commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities Somali women and their families serves
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, generating substantial annual revenue and fostering Isuroon overall financial health
  • Personally treating Isuroon as a top philanthropic priority reflected in an annual financial gift
  • Ensuring that 100 percent of Isuroon board members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity
  • Identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major individual donors, corporate, and/or foundation gifts

Board terms
Isuroon Board Chair (and board members) will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. Board meetings will be held monthly, quarterly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the success of Somali women here in the States and Somali beneficiaries and who has a track record of board leadership. The selected Board Chair will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing board members.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
  • Demonstrated success as a nonprofit board member or board chair
  • Track record of building credibility in the funding community that has resulted in major gifts to a nonprofit
  • A commitment to and understanding of Isuroon/ Somali women beneficiaries and mission preferably based on experience
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills coupled with natural affinity for public speaking
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of Somali women here is Minnesota/ US and Somalia beneficiaries

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Minnesota Rising Story Lab: Our Story, Our Future

Check out the upcoming "Minnesota Rising Story Lab: Our Story, Our Future," at the March 11 Torch Community Diversity and Inclusion event. The myriad stories of those who have made Minnesota their home contributes to the richness of our complex history and provides a springboard from which we can continue to welcome and leverage our diversified assets for the future. Grab your early-bird ticket by tonight's deadline for this highly interactive event!


Minnesota Rising Story Lab: Our Story, Our Future

Tuesday, March 11


Open Book, Target Performance Hall

In the face of partisan politics and technological divides, Torch Community and Minnesota Rising invite you to engage our individual stories toward cultivating a shared sense of identity, commonly-held values, and a collective narrative. In this interactive Story Lab, Minnesota Rising aims to emphasize the importance of welcoming a multitude of perspectives; provide emerging leaders with the opportunity to practice deep listening and storytelling with one another; and to reveal a larger future-focused narrative for Minnesota while sharing methods for how emerging leaders can write their own roles into the story of our state!
Event Details


Open Book, Target Performance Hall
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415



5:30-6:00 Networking
6:00-7:30 Story Lab
7:30-8:30 Networking



$10  Early (by March 4)
$15  Regular Price
$20  At The Door

Program Info


Minnesota Rising



Minnesota Rising Story Lab: Our Story, Our Future



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