Humphrey School News—October 5, 2017

Cultural Diversity Marks First Cohort for Change Network Leadership Program

A diverse group of 17 leaders from throughout Minnesota will be the first to participate in a transformative leadership development program, Change Network Minnesota, being launched this month by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and two community partners. 

The inaugural cohort includes local government and tribal officials, artists, nonprofit leaders, and business people representing a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Change Network, which emphasizes participants’ cultural identity as the key to their leadership success, is run by the Humphrey School’s Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center and the Minneapolis nonprofit Cultural Wellness Center, in partnership with the Bush Foundation

In a departure from traditional leadership training, this program focuses on cultural awareness. The unique curriculum, developed by the Humphrey School and the Cultural Wellness Center, will lead participants in exploring their own cultural identities—including their lineage, assumptions, values, and education—to help shape their approach to leadership.

“This cohort is an amazing group of people who are already on their journeys of cultural self study, working hard to make change for a more equitable and inclusive Minnesota,” says Stephanie Jacobs, director of the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center.

The program matches each participant with an elder from their cultural community, to reinforce the concept that leadership development is also a reflection of one’s upbringing.

2017–18 Participants:

Alondra Cano, Minneapolis City Council member

Azhinangookwe | Suzanne Wise, Mille Lacs Band Family Services

Comfort Dondo-Dewey, founder, Phumulani, Minnesota African Women Against Violence; Humphrey School MPA candidate

Corrie Zoll, executive director, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

Ebony Adedayo, founder and creator, Kinky Curly Theological Collective; manager, resiliency in community after stress and trauma program, city of Minneapolis

Elliott Payne, business design consultant, Sense Datum

Hussein Farah, founder and executive director, New Vision Foundation

Ishwari Rajak, documentary film writer

Kari Ruth, director of communications and strategic initiatives, Hennepin Theatre Trust

 Liz Miyoung Kaufman, facilitator and activist

Rebecca Lucero, public policy director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

ShaVunda Brown, artist, writer, and activist

Sumbal Mahmud, human services judge, state of Minnesota

Tené Niambi Morgan, grant writer, Aeon

Vayong Moua, director of health equity advocacy, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Veronica Quillien | Sandjock Likinè, founder and CEO, Language Attitude

Find more background on the participants here.

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