Urban Scholars begin fourth summer working for City of Minneapolis, partner organizations

2015-05-26_10-37-17Minneapolis’ fourth cohort of Urban Scholars began work this week in 17 different City departments and the City Council offices, developing leadership skills and learning about careers in government. For the second year in a row Urban Scholars will also be working with six partner organizations: Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis Public Schools, Greater Twin Cities United Way, State of Minnesota, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation, and PCL Construction.
The Urban Scholars program is a full-time paid internship experience that aims to provide college students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with a professional employment experience focused on gaining essential leadership skills and creating a resume-building, career pathway. The 12-week program runs through Aug. 14.
This year’s 56 Urban Scholars were chosen from more than 400 applicants. The students selected are working in key areas of City government and public policy, and in the long run, the City and partnering organizations hope to develop a group of young talent who can begin careers in the public and private sectors, and someday be the next generation of City leaders. The 56 Scholars attend colleges across the country.
In addition to their work the Urban Scholars will complete a small group projects built around a problem or issue of particular interest. The purpose is to create an experiential learning environment where skills in leadership, professional development, and public speaking can be applied in a hands on approach. Throughout the summer, Urban Scholars will also participate in a number of activities including a site visit to the Federal Reserve, rebuilding a school media center, and a roundtable discussion with Mayor Betsy Hodges. The Shannon Leadership Institute will also facilitate leadership skills development throughout the session and Toastmaster’s International has set up a special section specifically for Urban Scholars to develop their communication skills.

Urban Scholars is managed by the Equity Division of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, which aims to close the employment gap in a city and metro area that suffers from one of the highest disparities between white and non-white unemployment in the country.
More information about the program is also available on the Urban Scholars web page.

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Photo Journal: May 20th Public Safety, Civil Rights & Emergency Management Committee Meeting

MAy 20, 2015 Public Safety, Civil Rights, & Emergency Management Committee meeting

The Public Safety, Civil Rights & Emergency Management Committee met on May 20, 2015 to discuss repealing the spitting ordinance, lurking ordinance, and a conduct in theaters ordinance.  The PCOC’s Investigative Stop study was a discussion item on the agenda.

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PCOC Meeting in a Snapshot May 2015 Edition

Commissioners listen to a presentation during the May 2015 PCOC meeting.

Commissioners listen to a presentation during the May 2015 PCOC meeting.

The Police Conduct Oversight Commission held its monthly meeting on May 12, 2015 at 6:00pm (PCOC Meeting Agenda). The Commission covered a number of interesting topics.

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Director Korbel Speaks at the Toastmasters District 6 Annual Spring Luncheon

Director Korbel discussing steps that can be taken to communicate inequality.

Director Korbel disucsses inequality.

Director Velma Korbel accepted the Communication and Leadership award during the Toastmasters District 6 Annual Spring Convention luncheon.  Director Korbel was asked to speak about communication strategies in leadership. During the past year, Director Korbel created messaging for leadership about the Civil Rights Department’s equity work. Her strategy is to use 6 steps to effectively communicate the message of inequality to leadership. Continue reading

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District 6 Toastmasters recognize Director Velma Korbel

Director Velma Korbel

Director Velma Korbel

On Saturday, May 2nd, Director Velma Korbel will receive the Communication and Leadership Award during the Toastmasters District 6 Spring Convention luncheon. The Communication and Leadership award is presented by a district to a person who is an outstanding communicator or leader.

Director Kobel is an established  leader in the equal opportunity community, and a supporter of the Toastmasters program. As a founding member of the Urban Scholars leadership development program, Director Korbel established a public speaking component.  Urban Scholars work with members of the Roller Toasters Club to improve their public speaking and leadership skills.  Congratulations Director Korbel on this honor.

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St. Thomas Law School Mentor Program Recognizes Assistant Director Toni Newborn


Assistant Director Toni Newborn with her UST mentee, Cynthia Assam.

Assistant Director Toni Newborn with her UST mentee, Cynthia Assam.

The University of St. Thomas School of Law recognized Toni Newborn, Assistant Director of the Complaint Investigations Division, for her outstanding work as a mentor. Ms. Newborn is mentoring UST student Cynthia Assam through UST’s Mentor Externship program. Together, Assistant Director Newborn and Ms. Assam are working on an ordinance to prevent housing discrimination in Minneapolis. Congratulations Assistant Director Newborn for her work in shaping future Civil Rights practitioners.

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PCOC Meeting in a Snapshot: April Edition

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Chief Harteau addresses the PCOC at their April 14, 2015 meeting.  Photograph courtesy of Ryan Patrick

The Police Conduct Oversight Commission held its monthly meeting on April 14, 2015 at 6:00pm (PCOC Meeting Agenda). Commission heard four presentations.

Police Chief Janee Harteau was the first presentation. She discussed the Low Level Arrests Analysis, which included MPD Initial Data Assessment for 2009-2014 Crime: Victims, Suspects and Arrests.  She stated officers are in the areas where violent crime occurs, and these geographic areas are where arrests occur.  Chief Harteau noted that MPD meets with the ACLU quarterly to discuss, amongst other topics, how to prevent crime while still building community.  Chief Harteau discussed MPD’s positive contact efforts. MPD’s positive contact with the public increased 46% from last year.

Chief Harteau discussed the MPD’s participation in the Racial Bias Pilot City Initiative. The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice is headed up by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Minneapolis was one of six cities selected to be a model city. The goal is to build trust between the community and the police through three areas of concern: procedural justice, preventing bias and reconciliation.

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