New Fall Workshop on Community Engagement

Tapping the Potential of Community Engagement

Are you confused by all the different definitions of community engagement?  Is "community engagement" in your job title or job description and are you challenged by the how of engagement?  Do you struggle with how to describe the impacts of community engagement? 

Welcome to the world of community engagement!  To add some clarity to the field, the partners of the Building the Field of Community Engagement initiative (BTF) have designed a four-part workshop that is being offered through the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.  This workshop will cover what community engagement is (and isn't); some basic tools for doing community engagement well; why it is important, including its role in achieving equity; and the structures and policies an organization can adopt to support community engagement.  

Experienced staff from the partner organizations in the Building the Field collaborative will lead the sessions: Ivette Izea-Martinez and Patti Tototzintle of Casa de Esperanza, Mary Keefe and Chaka Mkali from Hope Community, Mark Hinds from Lyndale Neighborhood Association, Jay Bad Heart Bull from Native American Community Development Institute, and Theresa Gardella from Nexus Community Partners.

Sign up for the sessions through the MCN website: Tapping the Potential of Community Engagement Workshop 

You do not need to take all four sessions, but may register for single sessions. However, the first session is required for all the other sessions. 

Session 1: What is community engagement? Why is it important?
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 9 AM to 12 PM

Session 2: What are effective tools for community engagement?
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 9 AM - 12 PM

Session 3: What is the link between community engagement and equity?
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 9 AM - 12 PM

Session 4: How can you integrate community engagement into your organization's work and culture?
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 9 AM - 12 PM

See the MCN website for more details or contact Janice Barbee at with any questions.