Deadline extended to register online for Community Connections Conference

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Deadline to register online extended to noon, Jan. 30

RSVP for the workshops, opening panel and lunch, sign up to volunteer, and request accommodations or interpreters before January 30 at noon.

If you miss the new extended deadline to register online, you can register at the conference when you sign in on February 2. Sign-in starts at 8:00 a.m. and goes throughout the conference, which ends at 4:00 p.m.

Read more about workshops and programming the day of the conference at

Opening panel speakers announced

Facilitator Keno Evol and Panelists Jen Arnold Rory Wakemup and MeLea Connelly 2019 Community Connections Conference

Connecting Activism to Change

Join us at 9:00 a.m. at this year's conference for a robust conversation about connecting community activism to systemic change. The dialogue will focus on intersectional and intergenerational movements, community engagement in the 21st century and the power of narrative.

Facilitated by Keno Evol of Black Table Arts, panelists include artist Rory Wakemup of Wakemup Productions, Jen Arnold of Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia (United Renters for Justice) and Me’Lea Connelly of Village Financial Cooperative.

 Read more information and program details here...

Free ride to Community Connections Conference

Free rides to the Community Connections Conference on Feb. 2 2019 download and print pass from MetroTransit

You can now download and print a free bus pass courtesy of MetroTransit.

The pass must be printed to be valid.

Click here to download and print.

New workshops added to conference

Desralynn Cole Presenting on Understanding Trauma at the 2018 Community Connections Conference

Check on several new additions to the workshop list at


Panel: Engaging Renters

A discussion about effective strategies that neighborhoods and community organizations use to engage renters in their area, working with landlords and partners. - Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, University of Minnesota Office of Student Affairs


Athleadership: North Minneapolis Athletes Engage and Transform

Athleadership was piloted in partnership with Heritage Youth Sports Foundation and provides summer jobs for North Minneapolis high school athletes to train North Minneapolis youth in elements of Discovery of Self, a vision, focus, and mindset development curriculum. Additionally, the athletes act as spokespeople for a new universe of possibility, and build positivity and connections with other communities through public events designed to leverage their transformational optimism. - Continuum Center

Understanding White Supremacy and its Impact on Engagement

Citywide community engagement is a goal of the City of Minneapolis. One of the biggest obstacles to authentic citywide engagement is systemic racism and white supremacy. The first thing needed to deal with this obstacle is an understanding of what racism and white supremacy really are. This interactive workshop will dig into these issues and look for, not only understanding, but some beginning ways to overcome the obstacles. - Metro State University

Resources for Sharing the Conference

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Are you attending the 2019 conference? Don't forget to invite your community to come and join you.

Community Partners

Thank you to our 2019 community partners, the Minneapolis American Indian Center, Turning Point, the Lao Advancement Organization of America, the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota and Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES).



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The Community Connections Conference is also made possible by CenterPoint Energy.

For questions, accommodations or alternative formats, please contact Neighborhood and Community Relations at 612-673-3737 or email us at People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 agents at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700 •  Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 • Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.