Thought leadership, trends and insights on community matters

Resiliency in the Face of Trauma: Dealing with Secondary Stress

April 6, 2015 by Krista Nelson
Resilience is an often used word in the mental health field, but its definition is broad. One way I often think about the meaning of resilience is “how quickly we can get back to our steady state… Read more »

Time to Take MFIP Off the Shelf

March 31, 2015
Minnesota’s current legislative session has been dominated by one question: what should we do with a state surplus of almost two billion dollars? Governor Dayton has provided his answer to this… Read more »

Agent of Change: My Year as a Kingston Fellow

March 23, 2015 by Lela Walker Nmah
​Wilder is committed to improving the quality and diversity of persons working in the field of human services or human services research. One way that Wilder meets this commitment is through the… Read more »

Five Lessons I Have Learned from Caregivers

March 19, 2015
​As a Master of Social Work intern at Wilder, I have had the privilege to work with a number of caregivers. They are spouses, partners, friends, children, cousins, and more. There are number of facts… Read more »

Homelessness Is Not a Character Flaw, It's a Math Problem

March 11, 2015
Last night, about 14,000 people in Minnesota were homeless. That is an all-time high for our state, and we will not see this number go down until we address the most fundamental and frequent reason… 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?

My Brush with the World of Fashion

February 26, 2015
​An upcoming Minnesota History Center exhibit, Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair, recalls fond memories from my community of Rondo Avenue, an extraordinary temp job during my years at… Read more »

Building Capacity: The Necessary Ingredients to Create Change

February 18, 2015 by Kirsten Johnson
​Have you ever done something that earlier in your life you would have thought impossible for you to do? If so, then you have personally experienced capacity building. Capacity is defined as the… Read more »