The Community Updates Page (The CUP)

Below are some resources pooled together for current and former BCLI fellows.

This is a list of job opportunities, trainings and events forwarded to Nexus by our partners.

Posted 4/19/2017


Program Assistant – Borealis Philanthropy



Posted 4/17/2017



“Embodying Resilience, Empowering Ourselves” Workshop Tickets, Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite


Impact HUB Minneapolis: Consultant Brownbag



Posted 3/29/2017


St. Paul Public Library Positions Open

(apply separately for FT and PT positions)

Posted 3/28/2017


Job Title: Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Student Services Prof 3, 9764P3)

Job Code: 9764P3

Location: Twin Cities

Empl Group: Acad Prof and Admin

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time



Required qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 4 years of professional post baccalaureate experience planning, implementing and assessing programs related to recruiting and retention of underrepresented students.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting strategic planning to include determination of need, identification of priorities, securing of resources, and setting plans into motion.
  • Demonstrated skill using data to inform decision-making and to assess the success of events and programs.
  • Experience working effectively with, and leading, cross-functional teams, task forces, or committees.
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues related to diversity and inclusion, and an ability to address these issues through direct engagement and programmatic efforts.

Preferred qualifications

  • Five or more years of professional post baccalaureate experience planning, implementing, leading and assessing programs related to recruiting and retention of underrepresented students.
  • Master’s degree in a field that includes one or more of the following: project management, college student personnel, leadership, diversity and inclusion management, intercultural studies.
  • Ability to collaborate by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with faculty, administrators, staff, and students across a university system.
  • Ability to manage organizational change.
  • Excellent human relations skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse communities.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and to handle sensitive matters with judgment, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Knowledge of academic and administrative practices in postsecondary education.
About the Job

Position Overview: The Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is responsible for leading initiatives across the School of Public Health (SPH) that supports our mission to educate public health researchers, practitioners and professionals who represent and serve an increasingly diverse nation.  The Coordinator will focus on the retention of underrepresented and international students and collaborate with staff and programs to recruit students of diverse backgrounds and identities.  As a member of the Student Services Center staff, the Coordinator will work to identify barriers to access and retention, identify and build relationships with collaborative partners, and implement programs that provide measurable impacts to improve student retention, satisfaction and affiliation.

The incumbent will serve as liaison to, and collaborate with, the International Student and Scholars Office and various departments within the Office of Equity and Diversity.  In addition, the incumbent will serve as a member of the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Diversity Committee, The School of Public Health’s (SPH) Equity-Diversity-Inclusion-Team (outreach) and the Diversity and Equity-Advisory-Leadership Team (Consultation).  The incumbent will also establish and/or nurture relationships with Twin Cities area colleges/universities and community agencies.  Essential to the success of the Coordinator is development of SPH retention plans and programs, support to key Dean’s Initiatives, and service as an event planner for Student Services to ensure diversity is incorporated into our programs and events.

Essential Job Functions – Summary

  • Retention and matriculation of underrepresented students, international students, and students with diverse identities (40 % effort)
    • Develop and deliver programming to support retention efforts
    • Establish and / or sustain partnerships which provide key support
    • Conduct continual assessment to determine programmatic action and to inform the adjustment of strategies to meet the evolving needs of students
    • Develop proactive information and engagement strategies that help prospective students successfully matriculate
    • Determine, request, and use data to inform decision-making in regard retention efforts
  • Diversity & Inclusion Programming and Administrative Support (40 % effort)
    • Manage the SPH bias grievance process
    • Participate as a member and leader of various Public Health and Academic Health Diversity and Inclusion committees
    • Serve as the School’s liaison to the Disability Resource Center and develop knowledge of campus resources to serve as a Mental Health Advocate
    • Support the School’s efforts, and academic programs within SPH, to recruit underrepresented students through collaboration with the SPH Recruting and Enrollment Manager and Coordinator of Student Leader Development
    • Provide vision, oversight, and support to implement / deliver programs, information and resources that recognizes and celebrates the diversity of the Schools’ students
    • Partner on the development of programs and resources to help educate all SPH students to become culturally competent future health researchers, practitioners and professionals.  Serve as a consultant to faculty and programs in their efforts to incorporate diversity and inclusion across the curriculum
  • Dean’s Initiatives Leadership and Collaboration (10 % effort)
    • Partner with School of Public Health senior leaders and faculty to develop and / or expand relationships with diverse communities in order to expand Public Health educational opportunities
  • Support to School of Public Health (10% effort)
    • Other duties as assigned
About the Department

School of Public Health Student Services Center

The Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion is a member of the School of Public Health Student Services Center (SSC) and reports to the Senior Director of Student Services.  The SSC is comprised of the following functions: Recruiting and Enrollment Management, Registrar and Academic Administrative Processes, Career Planning and Development, Student Engagement and Leader Development, and Diversity and Inclusion.  Members of the SSC work closely with departments contained within the Dean’s Office along with faculty and staff from the four academic divisions (Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology and Community Health, and Health Policy and Management).

Through the lens of diversity and inclusion, SSC embraces the School’s mission to educate future thought leaders, practitioners, and academics who contribute to improving public health in Minnesota, the nation, and the world.  As such, the Mission of the SSC is to:

  • Function as an information, referral and support center to facilitate an engaged community of learners and educators.
  • Develop and maintain relationships to connect students to information and opportunities that extends learning beyond the classroom.

More information about the School of Public Health can be found at

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Activities” page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M


The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research.  Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.


Charissa Blue-Downs, M.S.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Advisor

American Indian Studies and Chicano & Latino Studies Advisor

College of Liberal Arts | University of Minnesota

33 Appleby Hall | 128 Pleasant St SE | Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-625-2300 |



Posted 3/24/2017

DEED Housing Survey


We need your help!


Calling all stakeholders! Do you work in housing and community development, criminal justice, economic development, education, lending, social services, fair housing, civil rights or any other field directly or indirectly related to the factors that influence housing choice? Do you work with residents who may be vulnerable to housing discrimination, such as persons with disabilities, refugees and immigrants, or members of other protected classes?


We need your help. By participating in this voluntary and confidential survey, you will help us understand Minnesota residents’ experience with housing choice and access to opportunity. This survey is thorough and takes the typical respondent 15 minutes to complete. We encourage your participation, as people like you are best positioned to help us understand the fair housing landscape and to identify appropriate state actions to improve fair housing choice for all of our residents.


How can you help?

1. Take the stakeholder survey today. Just click on the following link:


2. Spread the word! Forward this email and invite your colleagues to participate in the stakeholder survey.
Minnesota Housing, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and Minnesota Department of Human Services, is conducting an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice for Consolidated Planning years 2017-2021. For more information on the study, please visit the project website at




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Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless is hiring!

We are hiring! Please help us find an Administrative Assistant and a part-time NW Regional Organizer by sharing our job postings widely.


Applications for the Administrative Assistant will be accepted until April 5.

The NW Regional Organizer position is opened until filled.


Homeowner Development Manager at Twin Cities Habitat.

Hello all!

I’m hiring for a Homeowner Development Manager at Twin Cities Habitat. The position is focused on leading the team of financial coaches and homebuyer educators. They will manage an incredibly strong team of leaders with passion and commitment to our mission of developing affordable housing and sustainable homeownership opportunities.

I’m looking for a candidate who is excited to learn, motivated by affordable housing efforts and inspired by a fast-paced environment. Many of you know that our organization is changing our program delivery model and we recently launched a new lending program for our homeownership program. So, the person who will be a great fit for this role will be something who’s excited about change, wants to make an impact and can lead a fabulous team.

Twin Cities Habitat is a great place to work because of the people, the culture and many other things, including a great benefits package.

Details about the posting and specific candidate criteria can be found here:

Please share with your networks and contact me directly if anyone has questions or would like more information.


Cristen Incitti
Senior Director, Program & Services
tel/fax 612-305-7161

Everyone deserves a safe, stable, affordable place to live. Get involved today!

Posted 3/17/2017

The Lake Street Council is looking to hire a Community Engagement Specialist

see the link here


National Asian American labor union is hiring for executive director

Announcing Transition & Executive Director Search


Washington, DC – In June of this year, current Executive Director Gregory A. Cendana will be stepping down as full time staff and transitioning from the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA) and the Institute for Asian Pacific American Leadership & Advancement (IAPALA) by August. His visionary leadership and boundless energy will be sorely missed by the National Executive Board, staff, all members and supporters. Under Cendana’s leadership, APALA and IAPALA have grown from a single person staff person to nimble four-person team with a budget of almost $1 million, and have strengthened their partnerships and coalition building across community, labor, and youth. He was the youngest ever and first openly gay person to serve as Executive Director and during his tenure also served as the first Filipino and openly gay chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans and youngest general board member of the AFL-CIO, a federation of labor unions representing 12 million working people.


Johanna Puno Hester, APALA & IAPALA National President and Assistant Executive Director of the United Domestic Workers, AFSCME Local 3930 stated: “We’re greatly indebted to Greg. An organizer at heart, Greg has transformed APALA into a trusted progressive leader in labor and in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Words can’t explain how much Greg will be missed at APALA, and though I am sad to see him go, we are excited for Greg in his new endeavors and for a new Executive Director to lead APALA in our years to come.”


Kent Wong, Founding APALA President and UCLA Labor Center Director, said: “I’ve known Greg for over a decade. He was one of the best student organizers at UCLA, became President of the U.S. Student Association, and has emerged as a national leader for worker rights and social justice.  Greg’s influence extends throughout the labor movement and Asian American community, and he has energized APALA by recruiting and training a new generation of young activists.  APALA owes a huge debt of gratitude to Greg’s leadership, and we know he will continue to make contributions to our movement.”


Gregory A. Cendana concluded: “What I find most inspiring about our AAPI labor community is that we strive to build a pipeline of new leaders and organizers who will elevate our voices where they’re needed most. These past seven years at APALA have been an incredible experience to create and strengthen relationships across movements, sectors and industries. I’ve worked with some of the best and brightest organizers throughout the country, and now it’s time to step back and create space for another emerging leader to organize and direct our resistance for the next 25 years. Special thanks to Johanna Puno Hester and the National Executive Board for the honor to serve–APALA will always have a special place in my heart and I’m proud to be a part of this family.”


We are now accepting applications for APALA and IAPALA Executive Director. The deadline to submit all application materials is Friday, April 7th by 11:59pm EST.





The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO was founded in 1992 as the first and only national organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander union members to advance worker, immigrant and civil rights.

For more information, visit and follow @APALAnational



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The BCLI Moodle is no longer active. Instead, Nexus will be using a Google Site for all BCLI fellow assignments. If you are a 2013-14 or 2014-15 BCLI Alum and would like access to one of your assignments, please contact Terri Thao (

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Since we meet in various locations for Info Sessions, Issue Series, and other events throughout the BCLI, we have generated an excel sheet of available space in the Twin Cities. This was most recently updated 5/18/15, so be sure to click on the links included or reach out to staff for specific information about rates and other details.


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