MIP Quarterly Newsletter

What's New(s) with MIP?
-Esther Jean-Marie, Director of Philanthropy
Since our launch in 2015, MIP expanded our network and developed partnerships and relationships with more than 100 nonprofits and private businesses across Connecticut. Major highlights include:
  • Launched Board Diversity Initiative Cohort 1 in January 2018 for nonprofits organizations. Cohort 2 will begin in July 2018.
  • Facilitated diversity, equity, and inclusion workshops and community conversations for more than 700 nonprofit leaders, consultants, board members, emerging leaders, and students across the state. 
  • Launched Thought Partners Consulting (TPC) - a mission-based coalition of minority consultants that provide transformative consulting for nonprofits, public agencies, and private businesses. TPC provides training/professional development, strategic planning, fund development, diversity planning, program development, and various other technical services.
Dear Nonprofits: The Greatest Trick Systemic Racism Ever Pulled Was Convincing the World that It Did Not Exist
- Jamal Jimerson, Executive Director
Excerpt: "As a black American, I’ve become accustomed to racial profiling, discrimination, and racism in everyday moments that quickly become demoralizing, humiliating, and deadly. Black people have been profiled, accosted, killed, and/or arrested for walking while black, driving while black, shopping while black, being in the toy section while black, playing in the park while black, celebrating while black, napping while black, or doing plenty of other “non-threatening” things. Frankly, our society is conditioned to believe that the mere status of being black is threatening (for reasons unbeknown to many of us). And now, thanks to Elmwood CafĂ© and Starbucks, we can add “patronizing coffee shops while black” to the list of risky, racist situations that we may encounter daily." READ MORE
Board Diversity Initiative
Karen Adamson, Program Coordinator

Cohort 1 is going strong!  Having completed a Board Diversity Assessment following Session 1, participants have completed Session 2 and their teams are working to complete a Vision and Goal Exercise, using extensive resources provided by MIP. In June, each organization will have an individual coaching session with Jamal as they progress toward their BDI Action Plan.  Many thanks to our cohort of ReSET, Girls on the Run, and Love 146!

Cohort 2 starts in July!  Eight people representing six organizations attended a free one-hour information session on April 20th to find out more about BDI.  Two additional information sessions are scheduled:  May 17th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, and June 15th from 10:00 to 11:00 am.

New options for organizations interested in improving Board Diversity!  In addition to the flagship yearlong cohort program, MIP is now providing two other options:
  • Level 1 Board Diversity Starter: a two-hour training session for your board
  • Level 2 Board Diversity Retreat: a two-day an organization's leadership team
Click HERE for the program overview. For more information about BDI, please contactKaren Adamson.
Partner Board, Job, and Internship Openings
These are positions available through our peer-learning network that consists of nonprofits, public, and private organizations.  Get more information and/or apply by clicking their links below:
  • Director of Race & Equity, The Discovery Center (Hartford, CT)
  • Multiple Openings, Senator Chris Murphy [Email]  
    • Staff Assistant (Washington, DC)
    • Legislative Correspondent (Washington, DC)
    • Deputy Press Secretary (Washington, DC)
    • Press Assistant (Washington, DC)
    • Director of State Economic Development (Hartford, CT)
    • Outreach Assistant (Hartford, CT)
  • Board Member, Community Mediation (Hamden, CT)
  • Administrative Intern, Minority Inclusion Project (Manchester, CT) [Email]
On Saturday, June 9th, Minority Inclusion Project (MIP) will host the 2nd annual "Taste of Diversity (TOD) Fundraiser.” TOD is a fundraising event to raise money for MIP’s mission of closing the nonprofit racial leadership gap by celebrating diverse perspectives, cultures, and valuesOur celebrity guest host for the evening is Robert Christopher Riley, Hollywood actor and star of the CW's Dynasty. 
Saturday, June 9, 2018
 5:00 pm-8:30 pm
 903 Main Street, Manchester, CT

Workshop Serves as a Call to Action on Nonprofit Diversity

Erica Moses, The Day
Waterford — Jamal Jimerson wants to be very clear: What he is doing is not diversity training. "Diversity training is typically superficial; it's focused on optics," he said. But he doesn't want people of color to feel like they're checkmarks or tokens.
Rather, Jimerson — founder and director of the Manchester-based Minority Inclusion Project — is focused on what he calls "organizational community."

Jimerson was the facilitator of a four-hour workshop on diversity, equity and inclusion that the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition presented Tuesday at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.
Get Involved
We have some amazing events coming up. Make sure you mark your calendars for these events:
Coffee Connections: A Discussion About the Effects of Systemic Racism in Nonprofits
When Starbucks closes on the afternoon of May 29, Minority Inclusion Project will host a COFFEE CONNECTIONS to discuss the impact of systemic racism in the nonprofit sector. Coffee Connections is a community forum that creates a trusting space for networking and critical conversations about equity, race, diversity, and inclusion in the nonprofit sector. The series started in 2016 and has welcomed more than 200 people to meeting spaces for these important conversations. Our attendees include organizational decision makers, change agents, potential change agents, and community allies.
                                          Tuesday, May 29, 2018
                                          1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
                                          Hands on Hartford - 55 Bartholomew Avenue, Hartford CT 06106
Suggested Donation: $10.00

Partner Shout Outs
We would like to take a moment to give a shout out to some of the partners we've worked with since 2015 including:
Nonprofits, Colleges, & Community Foundations:
Black Business Alliance
Community Healing Network
Connecticut Community Foundation
Connecticut Health Foundation
Eastern Connecticut Community Foundation
Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
Girls on the Run Hartford
Goodwin College
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Nonprofit Support Program
Manchester Adult & Continuing Education
Public Allies
reSET Social Enterprise Trust
Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition
Sustainable CT
The Discovery Center
United Way Workforce Leaders Academy
WC Graustein Memorial Fund

Public Agencies / Municipalities
City of Hartford - Department of Families, Children, Youth, & Recreation
Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection

Private Businesses:
Berkins Blend Cafe
FIO Partners
Homebridge Financial Services
KNA Catering
KJR Consulting
R&B Photography

Are you interested in having your nonprofit organization, public agency, or private business join our network?  If the answer is yes, contact us for a partnership development meeting.