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Integrative Leadership in Rapidly Diversifying Rural Communities

What challenges does a rural community face when its demographics change rapidly? How does a community integrate its strengths to deal with the challenges and exploit the opportunities of such a diversification?

In this month's Friday Leadership Research Forum, Scott Chazdon, Interim Associate Dean at the Extension Center for Community Vitality, will share his and his colleagues' work around addressing leadership challenges among White and Latino residents, as well as promising efforts to collaborate and create a common vision across ethnic and sector differences. Scott Chazdon, Ryan Allen, Tobias Spanier and Amanda Hane have conducted a multi-case study in four rural Minnesota communities that have all experienced over 100 percent increases in their Latino populations over the past decade - Montevideo, Worthington, Melrose, and Austin --.

In translating their findings into action, the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality has recently received a small grant from InCommons Small Grants Facilitation Fund to use an Art of Hosting approach to provide Worthington community members with the opportunity to learn about and participate in conversations that help address the leadership and civic engagement challenges and opportunities in their community.

Join us this Friday to discuss the integrative Leadership in Rapidly Diversifying Rural Communities.

All Friday Research Forums are held from 11:30-1pm in Room 121 of the Science Teaching and Student Services Building. Please RSVP here. Lunch will be provided.

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