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Learning About Issues of Broad Community Importance

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation hosted a Community Learning Series from 2019 – 2022 to provide opportunities for community members to come together to learn, grow and collaborate. The Series was part of our efforts to elevate awareness, generate discussion and encourage action around issues of broad community importance.

The Community Learning Series has shifted to Learning Cohorts, Donor Learning Series events, Philanthropy Roundtables, and other small group discussions regarding topics that address current community needs and concerns.

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Past Series Events

Partnering with Emerging Black and Brown Leaders
Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Featuring: Thrive Cohort Participants
For a summary of this event, click here.

Rebuilding the Soul of Our Community
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 12 – 1 p.m. via Zoom
Featuring: Lovar Davis Kidd, Choreographer, Artist and Dance Educator; Katie Hallman, Executive Director, Theatre Cedar Rapids; David Janssen, Chief Executive Officer, Brucemore, Inc.; Joe Jennison, Director, Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group.
For a summary of this event, click here.

Advancing Racial Equity in Linn County
Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 12 – 1 p.m., Zoom
Panelists: Anthony Arrington, Managing Partner at Top RANK Professional & Executive Search and DEI Consultant; Jasmine Almoayyed Vice President, Continuing Education and Training Services at Kirkwood Community College; Okpara Rice, Chief Executive Officer at Tanager Place; and Rod Dooley Lead Pastor at New City Church and Diversity & Inclusion Professional.
For a summary of this event, click here.

Equity in Disaster Recovery
Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 12 – 1 p.m., Zoom
Guest Presenters: Cari Cullen, MA, Director of the Midwest Early Recovery Fund at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy; Ashley Balius, MSURP, Community Outreach & Assistant Director at Linn County Community Services; and J’nae Peterman, Director of Housing Services at Waypoint.
For a summary of this event, click here.

Working Together to Reduce Youth Violence
Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 4 – 5:15 p.m.
Key Presenters: Rachel Rockwell, SET Program Officer, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation; Isaac Hunt Jr.GVI Community Liaison, South Bend, Indiana; Tony Wilson, Founder and CEO, Central City Development Corporation; Keeyon Carter, Lead Pastor, Wellington Heights Community Church; Director, Wellington Heights Neighborhood Engagement Program
For a summary of this event, click here.

The Community Learning Series was postponed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and the August 10th derecho.

Gateways for Growth 
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Key Presenter: Kate Brick, Director of State & Local Initiatives, New American Economy
For a summary of this event, click here.

Growth, Inclusion and Opportunity in the Local Economy
Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 12 – 1 p.m.
Key Presenter: Susan Longworth, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
For a summary of this event, click here.

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Carrie Walker

Director of Learning


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