The purpose of our Welcoming Community programming is to explore ways to create communities in northeast Minnesota where individuals from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences feel welcomed and gain a sense of belonging. 
The Inclusion Learning Cohorts are learning opportunities where community members engage in hands-on activities with stakeholders, subject matter experts, and community members. The monthly cohort workshops provide a framework for communities to: 
  • build relationships, 
  • learn inclusive community practices, 
  • discuss areas of need in the community, and 
  • identify a community venture project to move forward together.  
Workshops will be facilitated in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality, Northspan Group, Inc., and other potential partners. 
Inclusion Learning Cohort workshop themes may include: 
  • Why is Inclusion Important to Our Community? 
  • Understanding Local History & Storytelling  
  • Constructive Dialogue and Problem Analysis  
  • Engaging the Community  
  • Creating Belonging  
  • Understanding Bias, Race, and Cultural Competency 
  • Leading in Equity and Inclusion 
  • Moving Towards Inclusive Policies and Practices 
COST: It’s free! Northspan’s Welcoming Community programming is funded in part by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, Blandin Foundation, Department of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation, and the Northland Foundation. 
WHERE: The Inclusion Learning Cohort workshops are all held at the Cook County Higher Education Building (300 W 3rd St, Grand Marais, MN 55604)

Agenda: Dinner and Socializing, 5:00-5:30PM; Interactive Program, 5:30-7:30PM

MEETING DATES & TIMES: Every 1st Thursday of the month, for 7 months, from 5:00PM - 7:30PM 
  • Thursday, October 6th   
  • Thursday, November 3rd
  • Thursday, December 1st 
  • Thursday, January 5th
  • Thursday, February 2nd
  • Thursday, March 2nd
  • Thursday, April 6th

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Do you live and/or work in the geographic area of the Cook County School District? See map below

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