Good day! 

We are excited that you feel your community would be a good fit for an Inclusion Learning Cohort in Northeast Minnesota! The Inclusion Learning Cohorts are an initiative of the Northspan’s Welcoming Community program with the goal to increase belonging of underrepresented community members and trust between people from different backgrounds and lived experiences in Northeast Minnesota.  

If you have any questions about the program or this application please contact Welcoming Community Program Coordinator, Amber Lewis at 

The goals of the Inclusion Learning Cohort experience are to: 

  • Build relationships across difference 
  • Learn inclusive community practices 
  • Identify gaps in inclusion and discuss areas of need in the community 
  • Identify a Community Inclusion Project to move forward together (with up to $5000 of funding available) 
  • Connect with other Inclusion Learning Cohort members in the region to share learnings, ideas, resources, and experiences. 

The Inclusion Learning Cohort process involves: 

  • Initial recruitment of community members
  • Completion of a comprehensive assessment (to hear community voices and understand the current baseline for inclusion in the community) 
  • Reporting the results of the assessment and choosing workshop themes through action planning with community members
  • Recruiting community members to apply to participate in the 7-workshop series of the Inclusion Learning Cohort 
  • Project selection and planning for continued action to address gaps in inclusion in the community. 

Please complete the application below by June 30th, 2023 to be considered for the next Inclusion Learning Cohort community in Northeast Minnesota.  

Thank you!