Category Archives: Announcements

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) is hosting a two-day workshop that will offer attendees a comprehensive overview of the requirements of managing a CDBG program grant. The training is designed to meet the needs of both newcomers to the program as well as experienced grantees and administrators.

Date:        August 27-28, 2015

Location: Harry S Truman State Office Building, Rooms 490-492, Jefferson City, MO

Contact: Chad Massman, 573-751-3600

For more information or to register for this workshop, please click here.

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) offers grants to small Missouri communities to improve local facilities, address critical health and safety concerns, and develop a greater capacity for growth. The Missouri Department of Economic Development offers funds for projects that can range from housing and street repairs to industrial loans and job training.

Interested in learning more about financing economic development in your community? Then don’t miss the 2015 Governor’s Conference on Economic Development, September 2-4  at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel! 

*Thanks to James Robnett for providing this announcement

The Columbia Branch of the NAACP will again lead a Prayer Vigil and Rally in support of “America’s Journey for Justice”. This week’s Prayer Vigil and Rally will begin Saturday at 9:30am at St. Paul’s AME Church at 501 Park Avenue. At the time of Saturday’s event, those traveling towards Washington, DC should be crossing into South Carolina. The local event will be outdoors and is expected to last about an hour. The community is invited and encouraged to attend.

From August 1 to September 16, America’s Journey for Justice – an historic 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington, D.C.– will mobilize activists and advance a focused national advocacy agenda that protects the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education.

The local event on Saturday is just one of numerous activities planned through September 16, 2015 as the national march progresses towards Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Mary Ratliff (573) 881-0163 or E-mail:

You may read additional articles in the media at the following links:

Columbia Missourian

KRCG Television Station

Deborah Noble-Triplett and Gregory Triplett welcomed  a little girl into the world on Friday, August 7, 2015. She weighed in at 7-1/2 pounds and 19-1/4 inches. They report that despite being early, their daughter is doing well and was moved out of intensive care.

From Deborah:  “Gregory and I appreciate the many well wishes, prayers, and other expressions of support and care. Our sincerest appreciation for the outpouring from both near and far. If we don’t respond to an email quickly, please know that we will as we get settled.”

Congratulations from the Minority Men’s Network on this new addition to the Triplett Family!


Dear Colleagues,

Please join the Missouri Health Equity Collaborative for the upcoming meeting scheduled for September 11, 2015, in Columbia, Missouri

  • Discuss inclusion and diversity efforts in your organization for clients and staff.
  • Hear what’s going in your community and around the state.
  • Learn strategies that work and what isn’t working for others.
  • Examine why inclusion and diversity are important.

Registration is open at

Interested in a Community Conversation in your area or would like information about past meetings? Contact Nick Butler, Project Director for Community Outreach and Engagement, Center for Health Policy, at

Please refer to the attached flyer for information on other Conversations throughout Missouri:

Columbia Health Equity Community Conversations

[Also posted on MMN Calendar]

It’s that time again for First Friday!
The Minority Men’s Network will gathering tomorrow 8.7.2015 at FlatBranch Pub & Brewing, 115 S. Fifth Street from 5-7pm for our monthly First Friday event. Those in attendance will find diverse men engaged in stimulating conversation, along with some good-natured ribbing. We typically enjoy appetizers and refreshing adult beverages as well; all we need is YOU! All are invited to join us Friday for whatever time you are available.

The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) is hosting a Developer Introduction Workshop on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. The Workshop will be held at the William J. Harrison Education Center on the campus of St. Louis Community College, 3140 Cass Avenue, and will last from 9am-4pm. Free parking is available. The Workshop announcement and Agenda can be viewed at the link below.

The workshop is designed for individuals and/or organizations that have the interest and capacity to become minority and women owned business (MBE WBE) developers.

If you are interested in attending or need more information please contact: Sheryl Butler, MHDC, MBE/WBE and Section 3 Program Administrator, 314-877-1382 or

Developer_Introduction_Workshop 8.12.2015

Ferguson Remembered  is an exhibition of work produced byTEN local talented artists as a result of the killing of Michael Brown and the subsequent events surrounding his death.

There will be an Opening Reception, Saturday August 8, 2015, from 6 to 9pm
(Drinks and Appetizers)
Location:  419 N. 10th Street – St. Louis, MO  63101
Phone:  314-436-1806 or 314-974-6058
There is Limited seating so please RSVP:

Following the Opening Reception on August 8th, the Exhibit will last through September 30, 2015.

Parking Options include metered parking (free after 7pm); 9th and Olive Garage (2 hours free with any purchase from Culinara Market); Renaissance Grand Parking across the street.

Come meet the artists and view their extraordinary work.

10th Street Gallery - Ferguson Remembered

Thanks to James Robnett for providing this Announcement 

The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation – Community Recreation Department is sponsoring the Douglass Lawn Chair Concert Series.

TWO Sundays of each month through August 2015, there will be an activity in Douglass Park featuring a musical guest. Concerts have been going on since May 23rd and at this time there are two Sundays left in the Concert Series:

August 9th – 4-7pm (rain date August 15th)
Tadaaw3 – Sierra, Whitney & Latasha – Girl Group w/DJ Majik

August 16th – 3:30-8pm
Coolin’ Down with the Blues – R&B blues band

These events are free and open to the public. Bring a chair and enjoy some great entertainment. For more information call (573) 874-6379

After thirteen years of teaching, researching, and consulting on social justice leadership, I designed a graduate-level course for students and civic leaders. I was motivated to design this course because I felt that the current social circumstances in the U. S. point the critical need for leaders to enhance their cultural competence skills. So this course is important for leaders who desire to successfully serve the shifting demographics in our community (ethnic, racial, and gendered populations).

This course provides an opportunity for leaders to enhance and share their experiences in a safe and private environment, while learning new options for implementing and understanding social justice strategies for their organizations. One of the course instructional goals is the implementation of equity audits for their organizations. As we explore past and present policies and practices found in traditional organizational structures, we will learn to identify and remedy organizational inequities in the structures and practices of our own organizations.

I will provide you with the links to current data surrounding public service agencies, contemporary studies conducted by the U. S. Department of Justice, current research articles, and other sources of organizational data.

I look forward to an opportunity to answer your questions concerning this course. You may feel free to contact me via my university e-mail address: Due course content and space limitations, I encourage you to act promptly. Please refer to the class announcement below.

Juanita M. Simmons, Ph.D.

9406 – Seminar in Leadership for Social Justice in US Public