Upcoming CFHM Events

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Upcoming Events

Past Events

Changing the Face of Housing * Leader’s Summit
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Wellstone Center/Neighborhood House
179 Robie Street East
Saint Paul,  MN  55107

The Leader's Summit is being held primarily to invite alumni from the Careership Program, Public Policy Initiative, and Krusell Fellows from the Humphrey Institute to the table to delve deeper into issues around regional equity.

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Changing the Face of Housing in Minnesota’s 8th Annual Event
Featuring Cherokee Film Producer and Director Heather Rae

Changing the Face of Housing in Minnesota 7th Annual Event Featuring Community Development and Arts Education Leader Bill Strickland

Tuesday, January 13, 2009
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (followed by a reception in the atrium)
The O'Shaughnessy at the College of St. Catherine

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Changing the Face of Housing in Minnesota 6th Annual Event
Featuring environmental justice advocate Majora Carter

Majora Carter is connecting race, poverty alleviation, and the environment in ways that address all issues—demonstrating solutions for our most persistent community development, public health, and global climate concerns. Hence her motto: “Green the Ghetto!”

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
9:00 a.m. to Noon

The O’Shaughnessy at the College of St. Catherine
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Changing Face of Housing” Housing Policy Leadership Training
8 Sessions - Monday nights beginning September 10, 2007.

Special training experience prepares participants to make their voice/views heard through direct participation in advocacy organizations, legislative or rule making institutions, and with various housing related public policy issues.

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From Dialogue to Action
Featuring a theater performance and discussion by The ProGroup Players

Tuesday, August 7, 2007
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. • St. Paul

“From Dialogue to Action” is produced and performed by The ProGroup Players, a professional theatre troupe affiliated with ProGroup, Inc., one of the nation’s leading diversity consultants.

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Changing the Face of Housing in Minnesota's 5th Annual Event featuring Anna Deavere Smith

December 1, 2006
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The O'Shaughnessey at the
College of Saint Catherine

Don’t miss this event! Changing the Face of Housing in Minnesota is marking it’s 5th Annual Event by bringing renowned actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith to the stage at the O’Shaughnessy. Hailed by Newsweek as “the most exciting individual in American theater,” Smith uses her singular brand of theater to explore issues of race, community, and character in America. Best known as the author and performer of two one-woman plays about racial tensions in American cities—Fires in the Mirror and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992—Smith also plays the National Security Advisor Nancy McNally on The West Wing and co-starred in the drama Presidio Med.

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Changing the Face of Housing
in Minnesota Presents a Diversity and Inclusiveness Workshop on “Unleashing a Fully Engaged Workforce”

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Click here to download Wayne Wilson's presentation.

Thursday, June 1, 2006
Minneapolis Urban League
Laura Scott Williams Training Center

Changing the Face of Housing in Minnesota 4th Annual Event Featuring: The insightful documentary "Race: The Power of an Illusion--The House We Live In" and Professor john a. powell, executive director for the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.

Click here to order the documentary "Race: the Power of an Illusion."
Click here to download john a. powell's PowerPoint presentation (.pdf).
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Friday, December 9, 2005
8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Concordia University, E.M. Pearson Theatre


Changing the Face of Housing in Minnesota

3rd Annual Event featuring:
Yolanda King’s Open My Eyes, Open My Soul

Friday, December 10, 2004 (Human Rights Day)
8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Concordia University, Theatre Arts Center
312 Hamline Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104

March 25, 2004

Changing the Face of Housing Leadership Workshop

Thursday, March 25, 2004
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

McNamara Alumni Center, A.I. Johnson Great Room
University of Minnesota
200 Oak Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55422

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November 18, 2003

Changing the Face of Housing 2nd Annual Event

Tuesday, November 18, 2003
1:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Theatre Performance, Discussion, and Reception
Metropolitan State University Auditorium
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106
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Please join us for the second annual event of Changing the Face of Housing in Minnesota. This year’s event will feature an entertaining and thought-provoking performance by the professional theatre group Breaking Ice, whose mission is to foster a better understanding of the self, other persons, cultural traditions and lifestyles. Breaking Ice has created a tailored performance that speaks to issues of diversity and inclusiveness in the affordable housing field. A facilitated discussion will follow the performance. Guests are invited to stay for a reception with hors d’oeuvres and beverages following the discussion.

July 22, 2002

Changing the Face of Housing in Minnesota Presents a Diversity and Inclusiveness Leadership Workshop

Tuesday July 22, 2002
8:00 a.m. to Noon

Courage Center Headquarters
3915 Golden Valley Road
Minneapolis, MN 55422

May 22, 2002


Changing the Face of Housing in Minnesota
Presents a second viewing of Lee Mun Wah’s film
“Last Chance for Eden”
Thursday, May 22, 2002
8:30 a.m. to Noon
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
301 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55455

For directions and parking information for the Hubert H. Humphrey Center, please visit:

March 23, 2003

Introduction to Housing Development & Finance


  • Increase the understanding of the development and financing process for affordable housing and available resources for technical assistance and other expertise.
  • Gain a broader understanding of housing issues in ethnic and cultural communities.

Thursday, April 10, 2003
Registration; Beginning at 8:30am
Workshop; 9:00am - 2:00pm
Skyline Towers Advantage Center Community Room
1247 St. Anthony Avenue in St. Paul, MN

Contact: Tanya Cannady at LISC (651-649-1109 or tcannady@liscnet.org)

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December 12, 2002


Washington, DC - Nomination Materials for the Gates Millennium Scholars program are now available for the 2003-2004 Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) awards. Principals, teachers, guidance counselors, tribal higher education representatives, and other professional educators are invited to nominate students with outstanding academic records, strong leadership potential and commitment to community service. Nominators must act in their personal capacity. Institutional nominations will not be accepted.

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December 3, 2002



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December 3, 2002

LAUNCH Workshop

Title: “The Realities of Racism and Affordable Housing”

Please join us for a motivating and thought-provoking workshop by nationally acclaimed lecturer and filmmaker Lee Mun Wah (of Stir Fry Seminars) for the official launch of Changing the Face of Housing in Minnesota. Changing the Face of Housing is a diversity,inclusiveness,and affordable housing initiative that seeks to increase the participation of communities of color at all levels of housing production, planning,management,policy,and decision-making.Come learn how you and your organization can help the affordable housing field in Minnesota become more representative of all the people we serve.

Click here for Lee Mun Wah's "7 Healthy Ways to Communicate".


8:30 AM.to 9 AM

Registration and light breakfast

9 AM to 11:30 AM

Workshop with Lee Mun Wah

11:30 AM to 11:45 AM


11:45 AM to 1PM

Lunch and Kick-off of Changing the Face of Housing in Minnesota

Changing the Face of Housing in Minnesota

LAUNCH Workshop

Tuesday, December 3, 2002

9:15 - 11:15 A.M


Changing demographics makes it increasingly imperative that we learn how to create organizations that embrace and value racial and ethnic diversity. Despite our best intentions, elements of racism embedded in our culture and reflected in our institutions continue to frustrate our efforts to move towards inclusion, respect and valuing of our racial and ethnic diversity. A major obstacle to valuing diversity is the invisibility of racism to many people. As a result, people who are not targets of racism lack awareness of how it impacts and damages people of color. Emphasis will be placed on how racism impacts access to affordable housing and creates barriers to the participation of communities of color at all levels of housing production, planning, management, policy, and decision making.

The workshop objectives for participants are:

  • Through the use of Last Chance for Eden, Part One video and group dialogue, make the existence and damaging effects of systemic and institutional racism evident.
  • Demonstrate how racism and its effects can be discussed in multiracial and multicultural groups with safety and respect.
  • Using the feelings and thoughts stimulated by the video, exercises and structured discussion, provide opportunities to process how racism has affected ourselves, others and our organizations and institutions.
  • Develop sensitivity and listening skills necessary for effective dialogue on race and ethnicity.
  • Learn how to build multicultural alliances to eliminate racism.
Workshop Structure

Dealing with issues of race and ethnicity can be intimidating for many. Some people can become very anxious because this subject deals with deeply held values and assumptions. Creating a safe environment is paramount. The facilitators do this by modeling respect for diverse viewpoints and managing conflict in a healing and productive manner.

Within a safe container, the video stimulates the expression of feelings, thoughts and memories on race and ethnicity. Utilizing this energy in structured dialogue and exercises, participants will have opportunities to question assumptions, acquire knowledge and develop cross-cultural competencies that can lead to cognitive and behavioral change.

August 2002

Changing the Face of Housing in Minnesota


Initiated in January 2000, the diversity, inclusiveness, and affordable housing project, known as Changing the Face of Housing in Minnesota, seeks to correct the significant under-representation of communities of color in affordable housing processes and decisions in Minnesota.

The Strategic Approach

Organizers chose a number of tangible strategies to support the mission of bringing participation for broader segments of the community to a new level. The strategies fall into four key areas.


  • Identifying model recruitment and outreach tools to improve the participation of communities of color in affordable housing organizations.


  • Identifying and developing self-assessment tools and training that allow affordable housing organizations to understand the value of diversity and ways to integrate diversity into the culture of an organization.


  • Increasing careerships (Mid-Career work and learning opportunities), scholarships (Community Development Scholarship Program), and other job experiences in the affordable housing field for diverse community members.


  • Providing multi-year seed capacity building grants and technical assistance for culturally diverse affordable housing organizations to expand leadership in communities of color.

2005 CHANGING THE FACE OF HOUSING IN MINNESOTA 612.375.9644 info@changingthefaceofhousing.org