BRI Events

It Takes a Village

Thursday, October 26, 2017

This interactive workshop provides an opportunity to learn new ways to motivate, encourage, inspire, and support young Black women and girls in school, at home, and in the community. 

Equity in Higher Education Think Tank Series

Friday, January 19, 2018

This powerful Equity In Higher Education 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. 

Radical Spirit Warriors

Thursday, February 8, 2018

This life-changing workshop will center reclaiming the healing and restorative practices of self-care and walk in their authentic truth.

More Information Coming Soon!




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!