Getting people who speak for the powerless into positions of power
Friday, October 11, 2013
Here’s a challenge: Get people who traditionally lack power — the poor, immigrants, people of color, the disabled — into positions of power.
That’s the goal of Nexus Community Partners, a St. Paul-based nonprofit aiming to bring diverse voices with different perspectives to the tables of power around the Twin Cities.
So Nexus is launching today a Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute, a seven-month leadership program designed to educate and support the 12 people in the first training to take a significant role on critical public-policy issues including health, housing, transportation, economic development and workforce development.
Some already serve on policy bodies; others aim to be appointed to one of 30 different policy boards and commissions around the Twin Cities metro area that Nexus has identified.