Issue Series

ABOUT THE ISSUE SERIES

As part of the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI), Nexus hosts five Thursday Night Issue Series that include local speakers and facilitated discussions on our five issue areas: economic development, health, housing, transit and workforce development.

The Issue Series are dynamic, collaborative, cross-sector events designed to build shared knowledge on broader equity issues. Events are free and open to the public, with appetizers provided.

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We invite anyone who is passionate about advancing equity for underrepresented people and people of color – especially any individuals, organizations, city officials, or businesses that are part of local and regional initiatives to advance equity – to join us on these public Thursday evening sessions. 

All sessions are on Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m at various locations. We will send an official invitation and post information here three weeks prior to each event with details on the topic and location of each event.

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Join our email list to receive updates of upcoming Issue Series next program year and all other important updates about our program cycle for 2015-2016.

If you have a suggestion for a topic for an Issue Series, or are interested in partnering or co-hosting an event, please contact the program coordinator, Chai Lee at clee@nexuscp.org

 

2016-2017 ISSUE SERIES

  • Thursday, November 3, 2016
  • Thursday, December 8, 2016  
  • Thursday, January 12, 2017
  • Thursday, February 9, 2017
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017

2016-2017 ISSUE SERIES 


From December 8, 2016:

On Thursday, December 8th, 2016, Nexus BCLI had its second Issue Series of the program year. At this event, we had three great guest speakers come share their experiences from their varied perspectives on the issues of economic development. In particular, they talked to the power of people organizing around the planning process. Guests were Vicki Moore, a veteran community organizer, Kate Lamers, a Minneapolis city planner, and Va-Megn Thoj, executive of the Asian Economic Development Assocation (AEDA). This event was hosted at the East Side Neighborhood Services in Minneapolis.

A full audio recording of the December Issue Series can be found below:

 

From November 3, 2016:

On November 3rd, 2016, The Twin Cities BCLI kicked off its first Issue Series in partnership with HOPE Community Inc., to talk about positional and community leadership. Executive Director Mary Keefe, along with Community Resilience Organizer Oduabaa and Director of Youth Leadership and Community Outreach Andrew Hopkins (Dhop) came to share their wisdom and experience about leadership. The guests had deep discussions about the differences, and sometimes overlap of what leadership means on an individual level versus the type of leadership and authority that comes from skills learned, groomed and given by official titles and positions.

A full audio recording of the November Issue Series can be found below:

 

2015-2016 ISSUE SERIES

Join our email list to receive updates of upcoming Issue Series next program year and all other important updates about our program cycle for 2015-2016.

If you have a suggestion for a topic for an Issue Series, or are interested in partnering or co-hosting an event, please contact the program coordinator, Chai Lee at clee@nexuscp.org

2015-2016 Issue Series – Topics TBA:

  • Thursday, November 12, 2015 
  • Thursday, December 10, 2015
  • Thursday, January 14, 2016
  • Thursday, February 11, 2016 
  • Thursday, March 10, 2016

Check out the 2014-2015 and the 2013-2014 Issue Series Archives below to listen to the speakers’ audio from past Issue Series.


2014-2015 ISSUE SERIES ARCHIVES


From March 12, 2015:

Health Impact Assessments & Community Development

Click here to read more about the March Thursday Night Issue Series, and click the links below to hear the audio recordings of panelists.

View the photo gallery here.

Larry Hiscock – click here for his PowerPoint presentation.

Karen Nikolai

Ebony Ruhland

Dr. Cecilia Martinez


From February 12, 2015: 

Budgets & Equity

Click here to read more about the February Thursday Night Issue Series, and click the links below to hear the audio recordings of panelists.

View the photo gallery here.

Brett Buckner

Leah Gardner

Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson

Jim Erkel

Audience & Panelist Q & A


 

From January 8, 2015: 

Housing & Energy Equity

Click here to read more about the January Thursday Night Issue Series, and click the links below to hear the audio recordings of panelists.

View the photo gallery here.

Shalini Gupta – click here for her PowerPoint presentation.

ThaoMee Xiong (:02); Council Member Elizabeth Glidden (7:28); Kathy Wetzel-Mastel (16:44)

Audience & Panelist Q & A


From December 4, 2014:

Equitable Neighborhood Change

Click here to read more about the December Thursday Night Issue Series, and click the links below to hear the audio recordings of panelists.

View the photo gallery here.

Caty Royce

Shauen Pearce

Staci Horwitz

Audience & Panelist Q&A


From November 6, 2014:

Organizing and Engagement 

Click here to read more about the November Thursday Night Issue Series, and click the links below to hear the audio recordings of our panelists.

View the photo gallery here.

Julia Freeman

Jay Bad Heart Bull

Janice Barbee

Audience – Panel Q&A


2014-2015 ISSUE SERIES ARCHIVES


From March 6, 2014:

Health Equity in the Twin Cities

Click here to read more about the March Thursday Night Issue Series, and click on the links below to hear the audio recordings of our panelists.

View the photo gallery here.

Antonia Wilcoxon and Joo Hee Pomplun


From February 6, 2014:

The Intersection of Equity, Transit & Housing

Click here to read more about the February Thursday Night Issue Series, and click on the links below to hear the audio recordings of our panelists.

View the photo gallery here.

Owen Duckworth

Margaret Kaplan

Wynfred Russell


From January 9, 2014: 

Engaging for the Future: Demographic Shifts & the Call to Action

Click here to read more about the January Thursday Night Issue Series, and click on the links below to hear the audio recordings of our guest speaker from Minnesota Compass, and our three panelists.

View the photo gallery here.

Jane Tigan

Karen Francois

Debbi Harris

Chris Ferguson


From December 5, 2013:

Community Wealth Building: The Cooperative Model

Click here to read more about the December Thursday Night Issue Series, and click on the below links to hear the audio recordings of each of our fierce panelists!

View the photo gallery here.

LaDonna Redmond

Nieeta Presley

Pakou Hang

Yolanda Cotterall


From November 7, 2013: Part 1 of 2

Capitalizing on the Collective Network: Social Capital and Opportunity Structures

Check out this video of Amaha Sellassie on social capital from November’s event: Part 1 of 2: Leadership in the Twin Cities: Our Networks. Our Future. Capitalizing on the Collective Network. This event was part of our Thursday Night Issue Series partnership with NLP Link-Up – click here for more information about Part 2 coming up in January!

View the photo gallery here.

Our apologies that the recorder we used on November 7th had some technical difficulties, and therefore we’re unable to upload the links to each panelist’s speech. Our speakers included: Diane Tran, Jay Kiedrowski, & Kristin Johnstad.


 

For more information, contact Ms. Angie Brown at abrown@nexuscp.org.

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