BRI Events

Equity in Higher Ed Series

January 19 and March 9, 2018

This powerful and timely multi-part Think Tank Series will gather higher education leaders in Minnesota to address the most critical topics of equity, diversity and social justice issues challenging campuses today. 

Women of Color in Higher Education: A Self-Care Series

February 18, March 18, & April 15, 2018

This empowering workshop series will provide an opportunity for professional women of color in higher education to explore strategies to reclaim their time, spaces, and voices within their colleges and universities.  

It Takes a Village

Thursday, October 26, 2017

This interactive workshop provided an opportunity to learn new ways to motivate, encourage, inspire, and support young Black women and girls in their communities. 




It Takes a Village: Workshop Recap

It Takes a Village: Inspiring Young Black Women and Girls

Presented by Successful Connections and Benson Rutten Innovations

Thursday, October 26, 2017

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Macalester College

1600 Grand Avenue

St. Paul, MN

This interactive workshop provided an opportunity for participants to learn new ways to motivate, encourage, inspire, and support young Black women and girls in school, at home, and in the community.  Featured speakers included teaching artist Beverly Cottman, self-discovery coach Jaton White, and psychologist Dr. Beryl Wingate.

The thirty-one (31) workshop participants, who included K-12 teachers and administrators, college/university staff and faculty, nonprofit organization staff, youth workers, and community organizers: 

  • Learned from therapists and community leaders about the experiences of young Black women and girls, including the obstacles they face and their potential for success; .  
  • Created personal action plans to become more mentally fit and resilient in order to better serve as a model of inspiration for young Black women and girls. 
  • Walked away with tools and strategies to enhance their work and relationships with young Black women and girls.

The energy that was created in this workshop was inspiring, and we truly appreciated the whole-hearted engagement from the participants. We are confident that they will use the tools they learned and action plans they created to move purposely forward and continue to be mentally fit, resilient, and positive role models of inspiration for the young people with whom they work. We thank them for taking the time and making the commitment to invest in the success and empowerment of young Black women and girls!