St. Cloud University – March 24-25, 2017

How BIG Is Your Voice?!?

Presented by: Dr. Nkem D. Chirpich, CEO @ TAP Diversity Navigators 

 On Saturday, March 25th – Here’s Some HIGHLIGHTS 

Advocating: The Noise or A Message?
Targeted Collaborations: What’s Your Fight?
Purposeful Cross Cultural Connectivity
Leaders & Leadership: Remembering the Foot Soldiers

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Click here  to successfully register for the Pan African & Ally Student Summit at St. Cloud State University!

Register your organization or large group by completing the form below

Questions emailing:

Groups: paass-organization-registration-form

Registration Fee: The Pan African & Ally Student Summit will be free to attendees registered prior to Tuesday March 14th, 2017.

Registration following the deadline will result in a $15/person Registration fee. (Registration fee is due at conference check-in.)

Dignity In Schools National Week of Action Coming October 2015

Dignity in Schools

The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) challenges the systemic problem of pushout in the nation’s schools. DSC advocates for the human right of EVERY young person to a quality education and to be treated with DIGNITY. The DSC unites parents, youth, advocates and educators to support alternatives to this culture of zero-tolerance, punishment and removal in schools.

National Week of Action is a nationwide Campaign to bring about awareness  to the #SchoolPushout crisis in the nation’s schools. Rallies, marches, forums and workshops are held across the country by students parents, teachers and advocates working to transform #SchoolDiscipline policies and practices. In 2014, there was over 100 Week of Action events in more than 50 cities and towns. The Duluth and Minneapolis were among those cities!

Gear up it’s COMING — 2015 Dignity in Action. Be counted! October 5-12, 2015. Contact:


Diversity Career Fair – Next Thursday August 6th

Minnesota Department of Employment &  Economic Development (DEED) & Goodwill Easter Seals have partnered to host a Diversity Career Fair. Companies WILL have job vacancies to fill. Their staff  WILL be onsite to speak with job seekers. Bring your resumes!!!

*Translators will be onsite and available:

Hmong, Somali,  Spanish and American Sign Language.

*Goodwill Easter Seals will have a truck onsite to accept DONATIONS.



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President/CEO of TAP Resource Center Speaks @ Brown Bag Lunch Series

Brown Bag Lunch Series sponsored by Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce

Cultural Diversity: What Is the A.B.C’S to connecting the D.O.T.S?

Are the numbers telling you what’s going on in YOUR community? Do you see ‘Help Wanted signs at your local merchants?

The Old adage: “Businesses provide services and products to communities. Communities provide capital and labor to the businesses.” This is how Minnesota became known for it’s strong economy — powered by a strong workforce.

Bring your lunch to the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Hear ideas on how to navigate cultural diversity from one business owner to another! Dr. Nkem D. Chirpich talks about her expertise — Navigating Diversity & Your Community!

DATE: Tuesday, July 28th 11:45-1:00pm

LOCATION:EP Chamber Conference Room; 11455 Viking Dr. #270 (BMO Harris Bank Bldg)


COST:  FREE to Chamber Members; $15 for Non-Chamber Members

BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH; Beverages will be provided!

Click here to RSVP

Solutions Not Suspensions

Many of the school districts in Minnesota and nationally have been wrestling with closing the achievement gap and the education gap. States spend $5.7 billion a year on the juvenile justice system instead of our schools. On average, states spend $88,000 to incarcerate a young person, but only $10,000 to educate one. There was 62% of students of color graduating in 2013 compared to 85% of the Caucasian students. Students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to receive an out-of-school suspension than students without disabilities.

TAP’s teams are committee members and advisors on the SNS Coalition supported by Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP). Solutions Not Suspensions Coalition held a SNS Coalition meeting WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 from 10 am–12 pm at 2233 University Avenue Suite#201, St. Paul, MN. Meeting was held in the conference room at the Danish Institutes Study Abroad North American Program (in the Wright Building, second floor next to the MnEEP Offices.

Here’s Five Key Areas Discussed:
~How the SNS Coalition intends to engage youth in the coalition and at the table
~Discussed plans for a statewide participation in the National Dignity in Schools Week of Action in October later this year
~Discussed the coalition report on coalition structure and workplan
~Connected  with fellow community organizations and shared updates and some promising best practices on restorative discipline
~Rallied around the student and parent rights to participate in the decision-making affecting school policies

Additional Briefings from youth and adult advocates in Minnesota: