Thursday, October 23, 2014

Board Basics Training with MAP for Nonprofits

MAP for Nonprofits is generously partnering with Board Repair to host a Board Basics Training, targeted toward those new to serving on nonprofit boards and those who want a refresher. See below for more details and to register for the free event!

Organized by and for people of color, Board Repair's mission is to create a more effective non-profit sector by increasing participation of people of color on boards. Informally structured and based on a group mentorship model, Board Repair is volunteer-managed and not affiliated with any organizations. We simply ask that participants self-identify as people of color, that they be willing to share and to listen, that they maintain confidentiality, and that they be up for a bit of laughter and fun too. 

If you'd like to learn more about the basics of serving on a non-profit board (or want a refresher!), please join us for this training.

Board Basics Training
October 29, 5:45-9p
5:45 for dinner, 6:15 sharp training begins. 

Carty Heights community room
412 Dunlap St N, Saint Paul
Carty Heights is a block away from the Green Line Lexington Station, and there is also ample street parking.
Meal provided through support from The McKnight Foundation.

MAP for Non-Profits is providing this to us for free (usually $45/person), so I hope lots of us can take advantage of this opportunity to get the big picture basics. Please register once you know you can come so that we can figure out how much more outreach to do.

Registration required:

Feel free to forward this invitation to other people of color. Thanks!

- Jun-Li & Board Repair
Soon to come: website & a listserv!

Board Repair is co-led by: Lisa Brimmer, Amelia Brown, Antonio Cardona, Marisa Carr, Christina Chang, Valerie Deus, Venessa Fuentes, Lori Greene, Daniel Le, Tou SaiKo Lee, Bekka Merrill, Anne Jin Soo Preston, Carissa Samaniego, Nicole Smith, Erik Takeshita, Jun-Li Wang. We welcome additional co-coordinators - just drop Jun-Li a line if you're interested! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

[News to Use] We must put women in the political pipeline

Thanks to Liz Johnson and Nevada Littlewolf for this important commentary and the encouragement to join #InvitationNation. Read on for more insight into and an invitation to VoteRunLead!

We must put women in the political pipeline

  • Updated: October 13, 2014 - 6:02 PM
Cities and counties are a place to start — particularly in Greater Minnesota.

Minnesota boasts that it is in the forefront of women’s leadership, but one need only look at county boards to find evidence that the state still has a long way to go.
Only one in seven Minnesota county commissioners is a woman, and more than half of the state’s county boards have no female representatives at all. We need all of the best minds at the table to address issues facing Greater Minnesota — and we are missing the voices of women and women of color.
Every all-male county board is located in Greater Minnesota, and while other elective bodies have disparities, none is as glaring. According to the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, 72 percent of the state’s city council members are men, with one in four city councils having no women at all. Only five percent of city council seats are held by women of color.
We want to share ideas for how to advance women leaders regardless of the status of women on your county commission. First, we want you to start inviting great women you know to take leadership. There’s even a fun and easy way to do it through the nonpartisan organization VoteRunLead, whose #InvitationNation campaign asks men and women nationwide to nominate three women to run for office. Whether it’s a soil and water conservation board, an electric co-op board, a county commission or the state Senate, you can participate with a few simple clicks from a phone or a desktop.
Together, we can expand the positive trend of women’s leadership from our cities to the borders of our state. We can encourage and reach women online like never before and get them connected to real resources. With organizations like the Rural and American Indian Leadership Project (RAIL) in Virginia, Minn., we can connect women to great support systems in all corners of the state.
Women like Lorrie Janatopoulos, from the Iron Range, have taken the challenge. Janatopoulos, a founding member of RAIL, ran for a county board seat in 2010. Although she didn’t win, she says that running for office was one of the best things she has done in her life, adding, “I realized that I shouldn’t be asking ‘Why me?’ — I should be asking “Why not me?’ ” She is now using her experience and her wallet to sponsor women from northeastern Minnesota to attend the national Go Run gathering in Minneapolis in November.
We need you to pinpoint the talented women in your lives and encourage them to run. Keep in mind that research shows that women want to be invited to run for office and that when a current officeholder taps them, the invitation packs a real punch. Amy Klobuchar, are you listening? Mark Dayton, are you listening?
Together we can fill the pipeline to political leadership with the names of women we know want to make a change in their communities. Ask. Ask. Ask. Ask three women you know to run for office — and make sure two of them are from Greater Minnesota. Tell them about resources like VoteRunLead, where women can acquire skills and inspiration that support their work from now until the day they take office.
We want to see one woman from every Minnesota county at Go Run. The gathering is happening in your own back yard Nov. 21-23. Visit to learn more.
Liz Johnson is director of operations and community at VoteRunLead. Nevada Littlewolf runs the Rural and American Indian Leadership Project and is a City Council member in Virginia, Minn.

Friday, October 3, 2014

LOCUS Microaggressions Mini Film Festival

LOCUS Microaggressions Mini Film Festival
Thursday, October 30, 2014
6:00pm - 8:30pm
The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation

LOCUS "Keeping Current" Happy Hour

"Everyday slight, putdown, indignity, or invalidation unintentionally directed toward a marginalized group." So-defined microaggressions have been the subject of recent and prolific media attention, countless internet memes, and even locally documented by students at a Minnesota college.
To explore the myriad microaggressions that diverse communities encounter on a regular basis, LOCUS invites you to a Microaggressions Mini Film Festival. We'll connect with each other over a light meal, watch YouTube videos (and welcome your nominations to[at], and discuss the impact of microaggressions and our personal and collective efforts to navigate and combat them. Join us!

*This event is organized for and by people of color as a supportive and courageous space.


LOCUS hopes to serve as a meeting ground for people from diverse backgrounds to engage with one another and to examine our common needs and our common opportunities. Through the pursuit of stronger connection and purpose, we aim to create a community that welcomes and supports all. Join us at