Events around the Twin Cities

05 May

World Refugee Day

In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly established June 20th as World Refugee Day.  Since 2001, people around the world have celebrated the day with events that honor the world’s more than 16 million refugees and raise awareness around refugee issues.

Twin Cities World Refugee Day is our local event that aims to:

  • Recognize the more than 100,000 refugees living in every corner of our state and celebrate the diversity of culture and experiences that they bring to our community.
  • Raise awareness around refugee issues, including: international conflicts and violence that create refugee crises, the refugee resettlement process both here and abroad, and the challenges and opportunities faced by refugees after resettling in Minnesota.
  • Build a cultural bridge between longtime Minnesota residents and our newest community members.

When: Saturday  June 25 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: Minnehaha Park Pavilion area


For a list of Asian Pacific Heritage Month events, please visit Asian American Press at

5th Annual Mental Health and Public Policy Conference 

Social Justice for People with Mental Illness: What Works and What We Need: The conference will address mental health issues specific to vulnerable youth and will explore social justice issues in mental health and disability. Professionals and students in special education, social work psychology, public policy, education and law are encouraged to attend.

Presented by:

  • University of St. Thomas, College of Applied Professional Studies, Public Policy Program
  • Minnesota Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
  • Barbara Schneider Foundation

Where: Terrence Murphy Hall, Thornton Auditorium, Minneapolis Campus
When: Friday, May 6, 2011 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

PJ Story time for Children

When: Thursday May 5 at 6:15pm
Where: Coffee Grounds Coffee House, 1579 Hamline Ave. North, St Paul (Falcon Heights)MN 55108

Check out more storytelling events from the Northstar Storytelling League

National Association of Asian MBAs (NAAMBA) Twin Cities Regional Launch

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011. Community members with advanced degrees or seeking advanced degrees are invited. The goal of NAAMBA’s mission is to advance and empower Pan-Asian Professionals. (not just for MBA folks!)

Event Program:
5:30 – 6:00pm Check-In and Networking
6:00 – 6:30pm Remarks by:

  • Susan Morisato, President, Insurance Solutions, UHC Medicare & Retirement
  • Julayne Lee, NAAMBA Twin Cities Regional President
  • Jino Ahn, Founder & President, National Association of Asian MBAs

6:30 – 7:30pm Networking

Please RSVP by Friday, May 6, 2011 by emailing:

5th Annual Hmong Early Childhood Summit


Supporting the Hmong Community to Raise their Children: The Summit seeks to inform the Hmong community on the issues and needs surrounding early childhood education and school readiness.  The Summit bridges research findings with community needs as it also provides information on services and resources, support parents, providers, and community members in helping Hmong children succeed.

Where: North High School, 2416 11th Avenue East, North Saint Paul, MN

When: May 14, 2011 from 8:00am – 4:00pm

The Summit is open and free to the public.

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