New Case Study from Casa de Esperanza

New Case Study from Casa de Esperanza

Casa de Esperanza was founded more than 30 years ago to serve the growing Latin@ population in the Twin Cities region as a shelter from domestic violence. Over time Casa de Esperanza has evolved from primarily being a service-oriented domestic violence shelter to using a more proactive engagement approach that puts Latin@ communities at the center of challenging violence in relationships. This innovative work has led to Casa de Esperanza’s recognition and designation as the national resource center on domestic violence and Latin@ communities.

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Advancing Our Practice: Sharing Strategies and Expertise

Advancing Our Practice: Sharing Strategies and Expertise

An experienced event planner wondering how to connect new constituencies to critical community conversations. An animal advocate struggling with working across cultures to prevent animal cruelty. A state employee charged with seeking community input on issues that have largely already been decided. An artist bridging the roles of community member and practitioner.

These were just a few of the community engagement professionals who attended the Building the Field of Community Engagement initiative’s final Engaged Learning Series event of 2015. Several dozen people gathered in North Minneapolis in September for the event titled Advancing Our Practice: Sharing Strategies and Expertise. The event gave community engagement practitioners a space to explore challenges with their peers, as well as to brainstorm possible solutions and action strategies to test in their work.

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Community Engagement at the Neighborhood Level: Lyndale Neighborhood Association

Community Engagement at the Neighborhood Level: Lyndale Neighborhood Association

The Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) is a diverse, community-driven organization located in the heart of Minneapolis. LNA brings community members together to work on common issues and opportunities to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live, work, and play in a safe, vibrant, and sustainable community.

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New Case Study from Nexus Community Partners

New Case Study from Nexus Community Partners

Nexus Community Partners believes that neighborhood- based development activities will only be successful in the long term if they are paired with strong community engagement efforts. To that end, Nexus supports community-based organizations in low-wealth neighborhoods to engage with and to reflect the vision and creativity of the people who live and work there. Nexus also supports organizations that wish to integrate community engagement into their organizations and into their programming. 

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Evaluation and Community Engagement

Evaluation and Community Engagement

A new document has just been released by Building the Field on the role of community members in evaluation.  At the Engaged Learning Series discussion on May 13,  participants discussed the role of evaluation in improving the work and providing evidence of its impact in community.  An insight that emerged was that evaluation can also play a role in advancing community engagement.  

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Next Engaged Learning Series Event on September 30

Next Engaged Learning Series Event on September 30

You are invited to the next Engaged Learning Series event, Advancing Our Practice: Sharing Strategies and Expertise, on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, from 9 - 11 AM at the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Ave., Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Practitioners, funders, evaluators, administrators, board members, and community members are welcome! 

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Art as an Engagement Tool, by Jay Bad Heart Bull

Art as an Engagement Tool, by Jay Bad Heart Bull

Generations ago, one of my grandfathers was a tribal historian for my people, the Oglala Lakota of Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Amos Bad Heart Bull was a ledger artist who depicted many events that happened in the lives of my people and it is through those paintings that I have the ability to connect to my rich history. His artwork tells the story of how my people lived long ago with all the beauty and sadness that sweeping cultural change brings.

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Community Engagement’s Inner Circle: Making Investments Where They Count, by Theresa Gardella

Community Engagement’s Inner Circle: Making Investments Where They Count, by Theresa Gardella

Go ahead, Google it.  “Community engagement” is there, and it’s attached to everything from sports teams to businesses to libraries to universities. With all those associations out there, it can be difficult to identify “authentic community engagement” and to understand its power and potential for meaningful and sustainable change. 

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