Thought leadership, trends and insights on community matters

During this Pandemic, Racism is our Most Urgent Public Health Emergency

June 30, 2020 by Melanie Ferris
As organizations respond to COVID-19, we need to create a short-term safety net for all, but also do the long-term work to dismantle and rebuild the systems that contribute to inequities.

Supporting Families through Parenting Groups

March 10, 2017 by Vicky Fitzgerald
Parenting can be rewarding, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. In fact, it’s the toughest job you’ll never get paid to do. That’s especially true when families are struggling with homelessness,… Read more »

Early Education Alone Won't Eliminate Disparities

January 4, 2017
In a response to a Pioneer Press editorial, Richard Chase highlights practical strategies that contribute to universal healthy child development.

Senseless Killing, but Hope Exists

August 25, 2016 by Paul Mattessich
Philando Castile, driving with two passengers, including a four-year-old child, is shot during a police traffic stop. He dies. It’s senseless. What can we do about this? How can we prevent it from… Read more »

What is Equity?

March 29, 2016 by Paul Mattessich
I suspect that most of us subscribe to the concept of equity in a general sense. But if pressed, could we define it unequivocally? Moreover, could we really commit ourselves to it and strive to… Read more »

Coalition of Asian American Leaders: Uniting as Asian Minnesotans

February 27, 2015
Asian Minnesotans: Who are we? How do we bring voice and visibility to our community assets, needs, and potential? And why does unity matter?

Martin Luther King: Continued Inspiration for a Continuous Journey

January 26, 2015 by Paul Mattessich
Dr. King’s words – “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that” – speak loudly to researchers. I like to think that we have had the ability to shine at least a little bit of light by… Read more »

Courageous Spaces: Building Intercultural Competence and Racial Equity

December 18, 2014 by Cardina Esparza
​I am a planner in Wilder Programs and a consultant with Wilder Center for Communities. I have often been looked to and requested for my facilitation expertise and ability to lead intercultural and… Read more »