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Learning Labs

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The Community Connections Learning Lab Series consists of eight free, 90-minute labs on effectively engaging multiple segments of the community in Minneapolis. Those who complete at least seven of the eight learning labs will earn a Community Connector Certificate. Registration is required. View schedule...


City staff, neighborhood organizations and community partners are invited to learn effective community engagement strategies, including considerations about:

  • Accessibility.
  • Immigration and refugee status.
  • Gender dynamics, religion and norms.
  • Historical experiences and trust in government.
  • Culturally specific media, communication styles.
  • Significant institutions, nonprofits, sacred spaces.
  • Major events, holidays or festivals.

In the spring 2019 session, food will be provided.

American Indian Community and Effective Engagement Learning Lab in All My Relations Gallery 3.29.18

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Topics & Schedule

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All of the learning labs will be held in Minneapolis City Hall, room 319, 3rd floor.

  • (FULL) Effectively Planning for Community Engagement
    • Wednesday, Mar. 20, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    • This learning lab will be offered again in the summer.
  • (FULL) East African Community and Effective Engagement
    • Wednesday, Mar. 27, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    • This learning lab will be offered again in the summer.
  • Considerations for Engaging Immigrant and Refugee Communities
    • Wednesday, April 3, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    • NOTE DATE:*This learning lab has been moved earlier. Was originally May 1.
  • (FULL) Disability Awareness
    • Wednesday, Apr. 10, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • (FULL) American Indian Community and Effective Engagement
    • Wednesday, Apr. 17, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Latino Community and Effective Engagement
    • Wednesday, Apr. 24, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Southeast Asian Community and Effective Engagement
    • Wednesday, May 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • African American Community and Effective Engagement
    • Thursday, May 16, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  

2017 CCLLS Students at Round Tables Discussing Engagement Strategies
Pictured: 2017 Effectively Planning for
Community Engagement Lab

Pictured: City Hall, location
of learning labs.

Learning Objectives

  1. Expand participants' understanding of equitable community engagement.
  2. Discover best practices, and avoid common pitfalls.
  3. Learn techniques that follow the City of Minneapolis’ Core Principles of Community Engagement based on the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) guidelines.
  4. Expand participants' understanding of several of the many cultural communities in Minneapolis.
  5. Learn historical beginnings, cultural norms and become familiar with culturally-specific media and institutions.

Have questions or trouble enrolling?

Contact us at [email protected] or call 612.673.3737

Last updated Apr 2, 2019



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