Register by March 24 for the Community Connections Conference
Register by March 24 for the sixth annual Community Connections Conference – Your Voice, Your City: CommUnity at the Minneapolis Convention Center Saturday, April 1. The conference is free. All are welcome to make their voices heard; participate in interactive sessions, robust learning and exhibits; and enjoy a delicious cultural lunch.
The conference will use innovative ideas to build on successful collaborations among residents, neighborhoods, cultural communities and the City to build diversity and capacity in neighborhood organizations and community organizations.
Community Connections Conference
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 1
(Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m.)
Minneapolis Convention Center
The Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations Department hosts the conference annually in partnership with City departments, neighborhood organizations and community partners.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Rose M. Brewer
Dr. Rose M. Brewer is a sociologist, activist and recipient of the Morse Alumni Distinguished University Teaching Professor award in African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is also a past chairperson of that department.
Dr. Brewer writes extensively on gender, race, class, social inequality and social change. She’s published more than 70 articles, book chapters and essays, and she co-authored the award-winning book “The Color of Wealth.”
For more than a decade, Dr. Brewer served on the board of Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide. She works continuously for social transformation locally and globally, working to create strong communities and social justice.
Dr. Brewer’s accomplishments include:
- Founding member of the Black Radical Congress.
- Service as a board member of United for a Fair Economy.
- National and local facilitation of curriculum-change projects focused on building critical classrooms.
- Recipient of the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award from the University of Minnesota, the 2013 American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award and 2014 recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Medal.
The conference features three tracks: your city, your neighborhood and your voice.
The Community Connections Conference will feature an opportunity to participate in Minneapolis 2040, the City’s Comprehensive Plan update. Minneapolis 2040 will be the City’s 20-year vision to direct the physical development of the city into the future. Find out what’s happened so far in the process and discuss with City staff and your neighbors how to extend the city’s health, equity and opportunity. Learn more at minneapolis2040.com.
The current neighborhood structure of the Community Participation Program is set to end in 2020. Neighborhood organization staff, board members and residents can take this opportunity to help plan for the future of neighborhood organizations and their roles in communities beyond 2020.
Community engagement plays a crucial role in shaping City policy. This track will focus on ways residents can connect with City leaders, find out how to serve on City boards and commissions, and engage Minneapolis’ diverse communities.
Published Mar 21, 2017