The 2017 Human Rights Commission Summit featured officials and advocates from around Minnesota who work for equality and justice through human rights education. The event was held from 10:30a.m. - 2:30p.m. Oct. 4 at the U of M Continuing Education and Conference Center.
The Summit featured information on the latest issues, networking opportunities with other human rights commissions, education and outreach methods, state partnership opportunities and more.
Click on the link to view resources from the event.
10 a.m. – Registration
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. – Plenary – Commissioner Kevin Lindsey
11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m. – Lunch
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. – Breakout sessions (two separate sessions)
- Diversity and Inclusion – Engaging Communities and Creating Economic Impact
- Civic Engagement – Principles and case studies to engage communities with emerging demographic changes. Learn how one city’s community engagement work evolved from a program to a philosophy that is embedded into how the city does its work.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Breakout sessions (two separate sessions)
- Best of Human Rights Commissions & Community Diversity
- Olmstead Plan & People with Disabilities – Engaging People with Disabilities in local governments
Plenary – Commissioner Kevin Lindsey provides an overview about MDHR and its three primary roles. Information on Ban the Box, Olmstead, Ending Homelessness Educational Discrimination, state laws regarding Local Human Rights Commissions – Challenges and Opportunities (investigations, mediations, passing on potential charges), and how MDHR and local government entities can partner and collaborate. Examples such as Know Your Rights and the Our Rights Screening events show how together we can collaborate to engage communities.
Diversity and Inclusion – Commissioner Kevin Lindsey will lead an interactive discussion about how the principles of Diversity and Inclusion, which includes contracting, employment and civic engagement, can be applied at the local level to engage citizens in your community and drive the economic impact through employment and contracting. Participants will discuss these principles in small groups to explore how local programs can benefit from Diversity and Inclusion.
Olmstead Plan & People with Disabilities – Engaging People with Disabilities in local governments – Learn how to be more intentional about engaging people with disabilities in local governments. Learn from panelists who are specialize in engaging people with disabilities in government and how you can use these principals, tips and best practices in your own community.
- Olmstead Plan – Darlene Zangara, Executive Director of the Minnesota Olmstead Plan: Engagement Plans, How do you make meetings accessible and other tips.
- MSCOD – Joan Willshire, Executive Director of the Minnesota Council on Disability: How do you engage people in the policy process? And other best practices for engaging people with disabilities.
- MDHR Case Overview – MDHR Enforcement Officer Jill Keen and Enforcement Officer Christina Schaeffer will discuss MDHR cases, best practices and how local communities can implement policies and procedures that comply with the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
- Moderator – Scott Beutel
Best of Human Rights Commissions & Community Diversity– Panelists will discuss best practices from their respective communities with the goal of providing attendees insight into ways each community has made a difference and how other community might use similar strategies, programs etc.
- Bloomington – Lorinda Pearson, Bloomington Human Rights Commission Liaison-
- St. Cloud - Eunice Adjei, Create Community -
- Mankato - Bukata Hayes, Executive Director of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council
- Moderator – Commissioner Kevin Lindsey
Civic Engagement – Learn about the principals of civic engagement and how communities can use these principles to reach and engage disenfranchised communities. Hear from Civic Engagement Director Nick Kor with Josie Shardlow, Brooklyn Park Community Engagement Coordinator, who will discuss the city’s approach to involving the community in critical planning processes and policy discussions. She’ll share the best practices that Brooklyn Park has uncovered over the last eight years of evolving their community engagement work from a program to a philosophy that is embedded into how the city does its work.
- Nick Kor – MDHR Civic Engagement Director
- Josie Shardlow - Josie Shardlow, Brooklyn Park Community Engagement Coordinator