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Expanding "Expanding the Circle"

Minnesota’s Office of Higher Education and New Mexico’s largest school district are among the first adopters of the Institute on Community Integration’s new edition of Expanding the Circle, a culturally relevant curriculum designed to improve post-secondary success for American Indian students.

The fully digital edition takes a holistic approach to helping youth explore who they are and determine the skills they need as they consider post-high school options. The curriculum is designed for a variety of facilitators, including teachers, elders, and community members, who work with students.

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Carol Ely.

Remembering Carol Ely (1956-2016), Advocate for People with Disabilities

In honor of Black History Month, we would like to honor and pay tribute to one of our beloved ICI colleagues who gave so much of her talent and passion to our shared mission of improving policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities are valued by and contribute to their communities of choice. Carol Ely, a longtime colleague and friend to all at ICI, died May 12, 2016. She was 59.

Carol was a Community Program Specialist at ICI where she worked for over a decade as a core faculty member on the Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MNLEND) program; a content advisor for Self-Advocacy Online; a curator for a disability resource database on the topics of grief, loss, and end-of-life, women’s issues, and parents with disabilities; and performed as an actor for the College of Direct Support curriculum. Carol was an adjunct faculty member in the University of Minnesota’s Occupational Therapy program and a leader and advocate of open conversations about people with disabilities and sexuality. She was frequently a lecturer in University of Minnesota courses, presented at conferences, and was active in the University of Minnesota Black Faculty and Staff Association. Read more.

Alice Kraiza​.

Alice Kraiza, alumna: Bringing Trauma-Informed Care to Children

Alice Kraiza (MN-LEND, 2017–18) is a project coordinator for the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc., where she is helping bring evidence-based children’s mental health treatments to schools to improve the quality of care for students who are recovering from trauma.

“Through LEND I was able to reach out to underserved communities, and here in Connecticut we serve school districts with a wide range of access to mental health services. We always need to work to consider the whole child.”

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