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MCF Member Briefing: Othering and Belonging Conversation

10:30 a.m. - noon

This event is open to all MCF members

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Join MCF and the steering committee of the Rural Urban Bridging for Impact initiative (RUBI) as we host john a. powell. During our gathering, john will explore how the concepts of belonging and bridging can be used to work effectively across the differences we see play out in Minnesota communities.

Watch the two-minute video on this page to learn about the concepts of bridging & breaking and othering & belonging.

About Our Presenter

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john a. powell is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, structural racism, housing, poverty, and democracy.  He is the Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, a research institute that brings together scholars, community advocates, communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society and to create transformative change toward a more equitable world.


The RUBI steering committee began meeting in May 2023 to advance a vision of belonging.

RUBI vision statement: Minnesotans across our broad geographies, diverse identities, and rich cultural histories experience a sense of belonging and mutual interdependence.


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The RUBI initiative is supported by the McKnight Foundation and Bush Foundation.

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