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 5/4/2018

MN Civic Engagement Summit


My name is Mai Thor and I’m the Civic Engagement Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. Throughout the past two years, our department has been working closely with communities and state agencies on improving civic engagement in the state policy making process.

As a continuation of our work and as a leader of an organization who is doing valuable work within engagement, I would like to invite you to the very first State of Minnesota Civic Engagement Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday June 6, 2018 at Metropolitan State University.

As a part of the Diversity and Inclusion Council’s Civic Engagement Plan, the 2018 Civic Engagement Summit will be an opportunity for government and community to come together to exchange ideas, network, learn from each other and develop relationships. Attendees will have opportunities to have conversations with their government leaders, attend sessions related to civic engagement, and work together to build a collective vision for a more engaged Minnesota.

Conversation topics will include:

  • Developing inclusive and engaged processes to ensure all communities have a voice at policy making tables.
  • Strengthening trust to have meaningful dialogue even when we disagree.
  • Understanding how to be involved in the policy making process.
  • Begin building a statewide vision and network for an engaged Minnesota between the public and all levels of government.

You can register here for the summit starting today.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided and there will also be free parking.  We anticipate our 150 registration capacity to fill up fast so we encourage you to register as soon as you can!

For ADA accommodations, please fill out the form in the registration link. If you have any other questions, please contact Mai Thor, Civic Engagement Coordinator at or 651-539-1165.  Thank you and we hope to see you there!


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Conversations with the Fed: The End of the American Dream? Segregation and Inequality in U.S. Cities

Over the last 40 years, the U.S. has experienced a large increase in inequality. At the same time there has been a substantial increase in residential segregation by income and education. What is the link between inequality and residential and educational choices?

Join Alessandra Fogli, senior economist and assistant director in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, for a discussion about segregation and inequality across U.S. cities and their consequences on educational outcomes of future generations. This free event will be held at the Minneapolis Fed on Thursday, May 31 at 7:00 pm and is preceded by an optional tour.

Alessandra Fogli earned her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude and master’s degree in economics from Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan, and a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. Before joining the Minneapolis Fed in 2013, Fogli has been an assistant professor at New York University and at the University of Minnesota, a visiting professor at EIEF and an associate professor at Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan. Fogli is also a faculty research fellow of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Register Here

Thursday, May 31 Program:

5:30 pm – Doors open

5:45 pm – Optional Bank tour

7:00 pm – Presentation

8:00 pm – Program end



Posted 4/23/2018

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Now accepting applications for the
Leadership Twin Cities 2018-19 Class
Leadership Twin Cities is a nine-month program that informs people about the critical issues facing our region. Its focus is to educate and inspire future leaders – and challenge them to make a difference through personal commitment and involvement.

Leadership Twin Cities participants

  • Receive behind the scenes access to museums, hospitals and government agencies.
  • Develop new business connections from a cross-section of the community.
  • Hear and interact with high-level business, community and government leaders.

This program is perfect for emerging and senior executives alike. Class size is limited and will be comprised of participants from the business and non-profit world, all of whom share a commitment to improving our community.

If you or someone you know would be a valuable participant in this program, please visit to view sample agendas, past participants and complete the online application. The application deadline is Friday, June 15, 2018.

For more information about Leadership Twin Cities, call (612) 370-9100 or email

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Posted 4/23/2018

 St. Paul Sprockets is Hiring!

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Apply to work with Sprockets!

We are hiring a Communications and Evaluation Coordinator! This position supports Sprockets’ work to strengthen the quality, availability, equity and effectiveness of out-of-school time learning for all youth in Saint Paul. Key responsibilities include directing Sprockets’ internal and external communications, conducting outreach, planning and coordinating special events, and providing administrative support, including bookkeeping and data collection and evaluation. Curious about what makes this job great? See this job feature from our current Communications and Evaluation Coordinator!

See the job posting for more details and to apply. Deadline is May 1st at 4:30pm.




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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 (

Link to Google Site is HERE!

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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.


Available Space List Updated