Lunch & Learn

Mapping Prejudice: Visualizing the Hidden Histories of Race and Privilege in Minneapolis (6/6/2019)

The Mapping Prejudice project explores the history of racially-based housing discrimination in Minneapolis by mapping racially-restrictive housing covenants and exposing the resulting residential segregation and structural racism that persists today.

Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, a co-founder of the Mapping Prejudice project, presented his work, then facilitated an interactive volunteer session along with Penny Petersen and Maggie Mills. Volunteers read covenants together and extracted the data needed to put them on a map.

View the presentation and Q&A session below. (Note: there is a three-minute break between the end of the presentation and the start of the Q&A session.)

To learn more about the Mapping Prejudice project and find upcoming events related to their work, visit their website at

Want to get involved in helping to extract data for the project? You can find further information and instructions on the Mapping Prejudice website as well.

Domestic Violence and Coordinated Entry (1/19/2017)

Since 2005, victim service providers have been prohibited from entering personally-identifying information into HMIS. With the advent of HUD requirements for coordinated entry systems, this prohibition has created special challenges for domestic violence survivors trying to access safe, permanent housing. This presentation will discuss relevant policies and varied approaches to this issue in Minnesota, Ohio, and Washington states. The presenter is Metro Regional Manager Heather Duchscherer from Hearth Connection.

Data Retention and Immigration (5/25/2017)

We are honored to host a timely and critical conversation about data retention as it relates to undocumented persons who seek homeless services. Given recent changes in the national climate, and media coverage of troubling arrests outside shelters, many agencies and community partners share concerns about responsibility to clients, their privacy and safety, as well as responsibility to respond to official inquiries, and the role that data plays in ensuring, or threatening, safety.

With both a national and local lens, this Lunch & Learn will feature panelists from organizations long dedicated to persons and families experiencing homelessness: the National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC) – who provides legal and technical expertise nationally – and St. Stephen’s Human Services – who has implemented data retention and response practices in Hennepin County.

Jason Satterfield from NHSDC will present the national landscape, key legal issues surrounding immigration and data retention, and share practices from communities around county. Heather Wilmot LeMay and Stephanie Zadora from St. Stephens will share their experience developing and implementing an agency protocol to respond to outside data inquiries.

Next BYO (Bring Your Own) Lunch & Learn

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About this Series

In the spirit of continuous learning, community, and keeping the broad mission we share of preventing and ending homelessness in mind, ICA would like to invite our HMIS users and partners to attend our BYO (Bring Your Own) “Lunch and Learn” series. This is open to all HMIS users and community partners. Throughout 2017, we will host speakers as they share their expertise on a range of topics that touch the lives of the folks we serve. For folks interested in attending who cannot do so in person, we will have a webinar available.

While these sessions will be informal (no CLE credits), we endeavor to bring in subject matter experts to share the latest thinking on these issues, provide a space to share your experiences and collaborate with others, and be sure to include actions and insights folks can bring to their own work.

Please note, we will not be providing lunch. We encourage you to bring your own (or order from one of the great neighborhood establishments like The Gatherings Café or Maria’s Café) on your way here.  We will have light refreshments available.

Thanks for having us as a part of your community. We look forward to giving back through continuous, relevant, and actionable learning opportunities in 2017.