Events

Connecting people with ideas and resources is the first step to making progress.

Forward Together events focus on bringing about real change in our communities. Our listening sessions with local leaders are an opportunity to talk about educational attainment data, current local initiatives, and what is and isn’t working at the community level.

Community leaders share their concerns and connect with educational attainment champions. Champions are those who are ready to build momentum at the local level by recruiting other community members and identifying local strategies to address education equity gaps and workforce needs.

Come join us.

Meeting Calendar

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education and Minnesota Compass are organizing the following online events to engage in conversation about the barriers to completing a postsecondary program in Minnesota. We look forward to connecting with you.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

FAQs

What does Forward Together do?

Forward Together convenes local meetings and listening sessions where leaders gather to talk about educational attainment data, current local initiatives, and what is and isn’t working at the community level.

Forward Together also assists local educational attainment champions who are willing to lead future work to recruit other community members and identify local strategies to address education equity gaps and workforce needs, build momentum on a local level, and engage citizens in taking action.

Who usually participates in these meetings?

Local leaders, including, but not limited to:

  • Early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary education leaders
  • City and state elected officials
  • Employers
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Nonprofits and foundations
  • Members of the faith community
  • Healthcare providers
  • Refugee services
  • Students
  • Parents
  • Citizens

How can I host a Forward Together meeting in my community?

First, check our community calendar to see if a meeting is already scheduled. If not, email Caitlin Hamrock at caitlin.hamrock@wilder.org for more information on hosting a Forward Together meeting in your community.

Past Events

As OHE connects with communities throughout the state, we will post highlights from our discussions in this section. For community leaders, these posts will allow them to discover what other localities identified as issues that contribute to the current educational attainment gap and the policies, programs, resources, and investments being made to eliminate the educational attainment gap.

Listening Sessions 2019-2020

The Office of Higher Education coordinated with local leaders to host five Forward Together meetings during 2019-2020. These meetings were listening sessions to talk about educational attainment by race in the local region and to hear from leaders and community...