Leading Communities Through Cultural Change
UNITE CLOUD travels throughout Minnesota and neighboring states leading communities and organizations through cultural tensions that result from changing demographics. Utilizing our experience from the St. Cloud area, UNITE CLOUD speakers will travel to your location and facilitate an honest and useful discussion in a safe and familiar environment. We are there to talk with you, not at you.
We have created programs to fit a variety of learning environments, from businesses or community organizations, to schools and churches, for any sized gathering.
Unite Cloud speakers are available for your next conference, special event, or speaker series. Custom speaking programs are available upon request.
Bring Unite Cloud trainers into your business, faith group, non-profit, or community group. Custom trainings are available upon request.
Empower your employees, school staff, students, faith group, or civic group with knowledge and actionable steps gained through Unite Cloud workshops. Custom workshops are available upon request.
Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone....in Faith
For many Unite Cloud leaders, our welcoming work in the community is guided by our faith. How can Muslims, Jews, Christians, and neighbors belonging to other religions (or no religion!) come together under a common mission of peace? Explore how we have brave and true conversations about hard topics and why that strengthens our community work.
Empathy, Refugees & Immigrants
What is empathy? How is it different than sympathy? And how can we utilize empathy when learning from and listening to our New American neighbors? (This program utilizes Central MN Green Card Voices stories of first generation immigrants or refugees.)
Moving from indifference to action
Our Central MN community has changed. With this change has come cultural, religious, and racial tensions. What can we do to ensure ALL of our neighbors can survive and thrive in our community? Find out in our "Moving from Indifference to Action" training! This training program is designed to allow individuals to assess where they are on our unique continuum of social change and learn how to know, love, and stand up for their neighbors. Are you ready to move out of indifference into listening, learning, talking and finally, acting? Find out how to move up a level or two and bring others along with you on your journey.
Understanding Latino Culture
Minnesota's Hispanic population is one of the fastest growing, going from 50,000 to over 250,000 in the past couple of decades. Learn more about the Latino culture from, Ulises, a member of our speaking team. Originally from Mexico, Ulises came to the US as an undocumented immigrant when he was a child. He fought hard to become an American citizen so that he could join the Army National Guard. Learn more about Ulises and about your Hispanic neighbors through this training!
Understanding Somali Culture
Minnesota is home to over 85,000 Somalis. Why are they here? How did they get here? What is the difference between Somali culture and the Muslim religion? Get the answers to these questions and be able to ask your other questions to a Somali member of our speaking team.
What do Muslims Believe?
So, you want to be more welcoming to your Muslim neighbors, but you don't know where to begin. Plus, you have so many questions! This workshop is designed to answer your questions and raise your comfort level with your Muslim neighbors. Who better to learn about Muslims but from Muslims themselves? This training is led by members of our speaking team!
Know Your Rights
This training is meant for immigrants and refugees. Learn from immigration attorneys about immigration updates and how they affect the immigrant and refugee communities.
Immigration, Refugees and the law
What are America's policies of immigration and refugees? Who sets them, and how do they affect us as a nation, state, and local community? Answers to these and other questions you have are answered in this workshop by Laura Tripicano, an immigration attorney on our speaking team.
Stories of faith amidst changing demographics
This workshop is meant for Christian churches and faith groups.
I know the Bible says that I am to love my neighbor. How do I love my Muslim neighbor? How do I reach out to the New Americans in my town? And what role does my Christian faith play in all this? Our Founder and Director, Natalie, will share her journey through these questions with you and help you continue in your journey to walk in love to ALL neighbors.
Teaching Others, Knowing Yourself
This workshop is meant for educators. This training is designed to deepen teachers' understanding of their own frames of reference, the potential bias in these frames, and their impact on expectations for and relationships with students, students' families, and the school communities. The trainer will talk about their own teaching career, and how growing up in an all white community meant they had a lot to learn and process through while teaching in diverse schools. Teachers and staff will be invited to look at their own story and process with each other in small and large groups.
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
How do we ensure that our organizations, non-profits, schools, and communities are places where EVERYONE can survive and thrive? In this workshop, you will learn how to build a culture which promotes diversity by ensuring true inclusion and belonging. Participants will explore the challenges of inclusions that they have faced and brainstorm real-life solutions to overcome these barriers.
OUR SPEAKING TEAM
The Unite Cloud speaking team will speak to, train, or lead a workshop for a group of any size!
Professor of Politcal Science
Business Owner and Tax Professional
Somali Community Educator, Psychotherapist
Consultant, Graduate Student
Professor of Social Work
ONE.org District Leader
Ulises Ayala Ortega
US Army Captain
Pricing available for one of our speaking programs - or, have us design a customized speaking program fit to your needs. Our speakers are also available to be on your panel regarding any topic you see in our education programming.
Pricing available for one of our training programs - or, have us design a customized training program to fit to your needs. Our team is also available to help you customize training programs for your business or civic group.
Pricing available for one of our workshop - or, have us design a customized workshop fit to your needs. Our team is also available as consultants to assist you in planning a full conference regarding any topic you see in our education programming.