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Organization: Voices for Racial Justice

Sector: 501C-3 Non-Profit ; Collective

Organization Mission: As Minnesota changes demographically, the urgency for true racial equity is greater than ever. Voices for Racial Justice works statewide – because communities of color and American Indian communities live throughout Minnesota – to break down the systemic barriers that limit access to opportunities and equitable outcomes. We believe that: Structural change is necessary. Ending the racial disparities in criminal justice, education, housing, and employment requires addressing institutional and structural barriers. Outcomes are important. Colorblind policymaking will not end disparities. Instead, we must be intentional about examining the racial equity impact of practices and policies. Our voices matter. Too often, the experience and perspective of those communities most affected by disparities are not part of the policy change process. Our communities should not only be at the table, but also leading the way.

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Status Reports / News 
Related PlanScape Status on: Civic Engagement, Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Housing
September 14, 2021: Olmsted County Health Assessment and Planning Partnership (HAPP)

Status reports: September 2021, March 2021 from CHAP quarterly meetings

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September 10, 2021: Age-Friendly Olmsted County (AFOC) Meetings Log

9/10/2021 message from Dave Beal, August 2021 kickoff and inventory meeting

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September 09, 2021: Racism and the Economy -- Federal Reserve Series

Understanding the implications of structural racism in America's economy. 

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September 02, 2021: Targeted Business Enterprise Utilization Plan 3Q2021

Key info includes: 3Q 2021 News, 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, DMC Discovery Walk Pre-bid 

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August 29, 2021: NAACP, Rochester Chapter Speaker Series

Honesty in Education: A clarification of Critical Race Theory.

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August 27, 2021: Olmsted County Human Rights Commission

Welcoming week information and Police Responses to HRC questions. 

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August 22, 2021: State of Minnesota: MnDOT Equity Feedback

Feedback on the transportation equity working definition. MnDOT came to Diversity Council board meeting and presented to the board and asked for feedback. This is a collection of feedback comments.

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August 20, 2021: Press Release: $ 1M grant from HRSA

"The Diversity Council, a nonprofit based in Rochester MN, has received $1 million in grant funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through its “Local Community-Based Workforce to Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Access” Initiative for Covid-19 Vaccine promotion and awareness."

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August 19, 2021: Olmsted County Kiosks to increase access to county services and information

 In an effort to help eliminate barriers such as transportation and increase access to Olmsted County services, the county is placing 11 kiosks in various locations across the community.

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August 18, 2021: Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation

The Greater Minnesota Get-Back-Together: MN State Fair 

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August 16, 2021: SE MN Together: Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion SE Minnesota: Welcoming Week

Welcoming week 2021, 2020 information.  Welcoming America is a non-profit organization that is leading a movement of inclusive communities in the United States. Rochester, MN is proud to join the over 250+ cities and organizations around the country participating in Welcoming Week 2021 - Belonging Begins With Us.

 

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August 12, 2021: APM Research Group MN Diversity Communities Survey

  MINNESOTA’S DIVERSE COMMUNITIES SURVEY: WHAT? WHY? AND HOW?

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July 07, 2021: How to approach a DEI improvement project

 Use the Listen, Learn and Act model to support new DEI leaders in our community -- a living document to jot down OpenBeam's thoughts how organizations may contribute to our area's DEI progress.  

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Impacts

The work of this organization may have impacts on the following areas:

PlanScape

Lvl 1: Civic Engagement ; Children & Youth ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Housing

Lvl 2: African American

DMC Impact: Health & Wellness

Community Health Impact area: Financial Stress/Homelessness

 

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Organization Life Cycle Assessment (Pause, Startup, Steady, Isolated Impact, Collective Impact  Unknown)

Isolated Impact

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  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that dmcbeam.org will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community, dmcbeam.org's  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. dmcbeam.org could be an interesting first step.

Definitions
The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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