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Reflecting on “Growing Up Black in Urban America”

Carl Crawford will be leading a follow-up to James Forman’s presentation at CSS on “Growing Up Black in America” on Monday, November 21 at 7 pm at St. Mark AME - 530 N 5th Ave East. Janet Kennedy, one of the co-chairs for CCAD, will be sharing her own experience...

One Voice: Benefit Concert on November 20

Concert to Benefit Rebuilding of Gloria Dei - Nov 20 One Voice Mixed Chorus from St. Paul, in conjunction with Minnesota Public Radio, will perform an outreach concert, "Hand in Hand," to benefit the rebuilding of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, on Sunday, November 20,...

Sharing Organization Resources

People sharing different colored puzzle piecesThe Cross-Cultural Alliance of Duluth seeks to make connections in the community to overcome barriers.  Part of that is helping to identify in new ways the resources that currently exist so that people are able to access these sources – and so that organizations might identify ways that they can work together.

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About CCAD

The Cross-Cultural Alliance of Duluth (CCAD), formerly known as the Wolffe Cultural Center, is in the midst of revitalization. CCAD has received non-profit organization status and its vision is to use cross-cultural collaboration to overcome barriers that separate us and build a foundation of justice, leadership, education, health and wellness for children, families, individuals and generations to come.

Renee Van Nett and Janet Kennedy are serving as co-chairs for our board of directors. Renee Van Nett has a wealth of community experience – including helping to establish the Native Alliance, doing street outreach, and serving as the president of the Duluth Citizen Review Board. Ms. Janet Kennedy has a vast amount of experience in working as a volunteer for many local organizations throughout our community. Janet currently is serving as a Program Director for RehabCare therapy services. She has earned two higher level education degrees and is currently completing her third in human service management. She served in the AmeriCorps at the Damiano Kids Café after school program and received the Service to Community award from Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College.

CCAD is unique in formally having a cross-cultural body within its governing structure that helps to oversee the developing and carrying out of our mission. Elders from different cultural traditions serve on the Council of Elders providing wisdom and guidance for the operation of organization.

The establishment of CCAD and the development of its programming provide constant learning. The Board of Directors and the Council of Elders are learning about collaboration across cultures; staff will be learning how to reach out and connect with marginalized populations; and participants will be learning how to live fully engaged in the life of our community.

The Cross-Cultural Alliance of Duluth is excited to partner with other organizations. One priority of the group is to work with area schools on culturally-specific programming, and it looks forward to opportunities to support specific cultural traditions and provide purposeful opportunities for people from different cultures to respectfully learn from one another for the advancement of humanity. A community cannot survive and prosper as a whole if we are not walking on even ground.