Volunteer Opportunities

  • 22 Aug 2016 2:02 PM | Aaron Abelleira (Administrator)

    DEED Seeking Program Grant Reviewers  

    ~Volunteer participants will review grant applications for new competitive equity programs~

    ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is seeking volunteer participants to join a newly created grants review panel to review proposals for the six programs designed to increase economic opportunities for people of color, women, youth, people with disabilities and/or veterans. 

    The new competitive programs are part of $35 million in equity funding that was approved by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton in June. The goal of the funding is to address economic disparities in the state and to make Minnesota a state where the economy works for everyone. 

    Review panel participants will work in partnership with DEED and other state agency staff to review submissions from organizations that are applying to provide services under the programs. 

    The time needed for the work of the grants review panel is approximately three weeks. Participants will be required to attend a kick-off meeting immediately after the selection announcement, take part in a three-hour webinar training session on the grant review process, and attend a follow-up meeting after the review process is completed. 

    Each participant will review grant proposals for one of the programs, examining an estimated 30 to 40 proposals. The grants review panel will make recommendations and send them to DEED leadership for final approval. 

    More details on requirements and how to apply to participate are available here. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on September 2.  
    Participants will review grant proposals for the following six programs: 

    Pathways to Prosperity Program  The program helps low-wage and low-skill adults who have multiple barriers to employment obtain credentials and skills that prepare them for jobs in growing fields such as health care and manufacturing. 

    Youth at Work Program  The program provides employment and training services for youth of color, youth with disabilities and at-risk youth. 

    Women in High Wage, High Demand, Nontraditional Jobs Competitive Grant Program  The program focuses on closing the gender pay gap and encourages women to enter nontraditional fields such as STEM or construction. 

    Southeast Asian Economic Relief Competitive Grant Program  The program will address economic disparities in the Southeast Asian community through workforce recruitment, development, job creation, increased capacity of smaller organizations and outreach. 

    Support Services Competitive Grant Program  The program will focus on low-income communities, young adults from low-income families and communities of color, offering job training, employment preparation, internships, job assistance to fathers, financial literacy, academic and behavioral intervention for low-performing students and youth intervention. 

    Somali Youth Competitive Grant Program 
    Funding will support organizations and programs that serve Somali youth. 

    DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and our services, visit the DEED website or follow DEED on Twitter.

    Upon request, the information in this news release can be made available in alternative
    formats for people with disabilities by contacting the DEED Communications Office at 651-259-7161.

    Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
    Communications Office
    Phone 651-259-7149 or 1-800-657-3858 ∙ TTY 1-800-657-3973
    An equal opportunity employer and service provider.

  • 24 Apr 2015 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    Name: Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council


    Structure: The Leadership Council shall be the only diversity related Article 11 Advisory committee.


    Mission: To be the leader in the advocacy and promotion of historically discriminated groups within the MSBA and the legal profession, through an inclusive culture where various viewpoints, experiences, and beliefs are respected and considered.


    Expectations: The Leadership Council shall:


    1.       Determine how to make diversity and inclusion in the legal profession a priority within the state;

    2.       Determine how to make diversity and inclusion a priority within the MSBA;

    3.       Work to advance representation and inclusion of historically underrepresented persons, including, but not limited to: communities of color, women, LGBT and persons with disabilities;

    4.       Provide consistent ongoing communication with MSBA internal leadership (i.e. the MSBA Council and Assembly);

    5.       Provide regular communication with members and outside organizations;

    6.       Connect with diverse legal communities, and

    7.       Regularly participate in diversity education.


    The Leadership Council has the necessary autonomy to create the strategies and methods of implementation to meet the stated expectations.


    Meetings: During its first year, the Leadership Council shall meet at least once every other month to establish a strategic plan.


    Beginning its second year, the Leadership Council shall meet no less than quarterly in conjunction with the MSBA Assembly.


    Make-up of the Leadership Council: The Leadership Council shall have a minimum of seven (7), and no more than nine (9), members. Seven members must represent at least one of the below diverse communities:


    1.       African-Americans;

    2.       Asian Pacific Islanders;

    3.       Hispanic/Latinos;

    4.       LGBT;

    5.       Native Americans;

    6.       Women; or

    7.       Persons with disabilities.


    In addition, up to two seats will be reserved for at-large committee members.


    The Leadership Council shall have a Chair position (with a term no longer than two years) that shall be the voice of the Council at Assembly meetings.


    Terms: The terms of membership on the Leadership Council shall be staggered in one, two, and three year increments. No member may serve for more than two terms.  Staggered terms and term limits ensure that there is always varied diversity of persons, ages, professional, and personal experiences.


    Communication: The Leadership Council shall be in direct communication with MSBA staff, leadership and decision making bodies. Therefore the Leadership Council shall have two (2) ex-officio seats for:


    1.       The MSBA President, and

    2.       The MSBA Director of Diversity and Inclusion.


    The Leadership Council shall provide a quarterly report to the Assembly of its work. This report shall be a standing agenda item for all Assembly meetings.


    Initial Membership Process: The effectiveness of the Leadership Council depends on its initial members. Therefore, people who meet the below criteria will be personally approached and encouraged to apply. The Stakeholder Representative Group will make the initial member recommendations with input from MSBA’s Director of Diversity. The recommendations will then be submitted to the current MSBA President for approval and appointment.  


    Membership Assessment Process: Points are allotted to the following categories to establish suitability for membership:


    1.       Experience in working in the area of diversity;

    2.       Community service involvement;

    3.       Legal practice experience;

    4.       MSBA experience;

    5.       Other bar association experience;

    6.       Diversity scholarly work; and

    7.       Personal experience related to diversity.


    All members of the Leadership Council must be a MSBA member by the time their term on the Council begins and through its conclusion.


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