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​Hello, Fellows: Meet Antonia Coleman
Wilder employees have the opportunity to apply for Kingston Fellowships, an honor awarded annually based on accomplishments, commitment to human services and leadership potential. In March 2016, Wilder awarded fellowships to 11 employees spanning a variety of professional backgrounds. The fellowships help these professionals to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and develop innovative programs to address community concerns. In “Hello, Fellows,” we introduce Wilder’s Kingston Fellows. This week, we catch up with Antonia Coleman. What is your role at Wilder? I’m the housing coordinator in Family Supportive Housing Services. I provide work direction to our housing specialists and housing staff when program managers are unavailable to ensure that our housing services are implemented in an ethical and integral manner most conducive to supporting the growth of participants...
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Yoga for Caregivers
​For the last few months, Wilder has been offering a Gentle Yoga for Caregivers class. Twice a month, caregivers come to our Community Center for Aging, roll out a yoga mat, and get into a comfortable position, usually lying down. With dimmed lights, we close our eyes and start a body scan, slowly placing our attention on one part of the body at a time. We don’t try to change anything we’re experiencing. We just notice. Then we do some simple and gentle stretching, usually in a part of the body that tends to hold tension like the shoulders or lower back. We use chairs and yoga blocks to make sure we’re comfortable for the whole hour. Finally, we lie back down, rest, and focus...
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Early Education Alone Won't Eliminate Disparities
The Pioneer Press Editorial Board recently called on legislators to give priority to the expansion of early-learning scholarships that provide low-income children access to high-quality early education and produce the best economic return (“Aim early-education scholarships at greatest needs,” December 8, 2016). That targeted early-learning approach is good as far as it goes. However, more than a decade of research shows that the focus on early education alone is insufficient to reduce the gaping academic disparities and to achieve racial, economic, health, and educational equity for all children. A recent report by Wilder Research, the University of Minnesota, and Development and Training, Inc., Prenatal to Age 3: A Comprehensive, Racially-Equitable Policy Plan for Universal Healthy Child Development, describes a different set of early childhood policy...
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Hello, Fellows: Meet Chong Lee
​Wilder employees have the opportunity to apply for Kingston Fellowships, an honor awarded annually based on accomplishments, commitment to human services and leadership potential. In March 2016, Wilder awarded fellowships to 11 employees spanning a variety of professional backgrounds. The fellowships help these professionals to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and develop innovative programs to address community concerns. In “Hello, Fellows,” we introduce the 2016 Kingston Fellows. This week, we catch up with Chong Lee. What is your role at Wilder? I’m a program manager for the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood. I manage our partnerships. I manage contract agreements and provide logistical supports to partner programs. One of the roles that the Promise Neighborhood plays in all of our partnerships is support for infrastructure and capacity building....
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Immigration, Communities, Foundations
All communities experience immigration. No question whether it will occur, just when and how much. Some of us arrived as immigrants ourselves to a new nation; the rest of us descended from ancestors who came from somewhere else, to settle in a land still pristine or already inhabited. Political events, economics, wars, environmental changes, and other events cause people to move, voluntarily and involuntarily. Worldwide trends suggest that immigration will continue on a major scale, with implications for nations and for their constituent regions and communities. Since 1990, the immigrant population in the United States has doubled; in Minnesota during that same period, the immigrant population quadrupled. Speaking for Ourselves Study Using newly gathered information from the Wilder Research “Speaking for Ourselves” study, in combination with data from...
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