Meaningful Civic Engagement
Governor Mark Dayton established the Diversity and Inclusion Council (Council) in 2015 when he signed Executive Order 15-02:
“A government that serves all the people of Minnesota should reflect all of Minnesota,” Gov. Dayton said of the Council. “We must ensure that all of our citizens have equal opportunities to work for their state government, to do business with the state and to participate fully in our democracy.”
Under Gov. Dayton's Diversity and Inclusion Council's Civic Engagement Plan, two publications were created to capture and highlight the state’s important civic engagement work. The capstone report provides a high-level perspective of the work that was completed in order to move the State of Minnesota towards meaningful engagement. In particular, we highlighted some of the engagement related efforts of state agencies, including the efforts of the Department of Corrections to convene an advisory group; the Olmstead Initiative’s effort to engage and connect with people with disabilities; and the Department of Education as they engage families, students and communities as stakeholders. The Capstone Report also highlights some of the collaborative efforts and accomplishments of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. Those efforts include our partnership with the Governor’s Office and the Olmstead Implementation Office to diversify boards and commissions, and the creation of an engagement-focused community of practice with the Practitioners Group.
This Meaningful Civic Engagement Makes a Difference website provides tools and resources for government officials at the local, county and state levels. It will help them plan, coordinate and evaluate the effectiveness of their civic engagement efforts.