#MakeItMSP Blog

Welcome! In this space we want to create a destination for people from Minneapolis-Saint Paul, whether you’re a newcomer, life-long resident or interested in making a move here, we’re hoping to show you all of the great things happening in our home. We’ll dive into the latest happenings in our joint initiative and throughout the region.

How MN Cup made ASIYA possible

One year ago the idea of a business to create culturally-appropriate activewear to enable an support female Muslim athletes was an interesting idea swirling around the minds of its early supporters. It made for exciting coffee shop conversations, but the idea had yet...

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Intern to Intern: Imani Parker

Imani Parker is a Business Management Associate at General Mills originally from Indianapolis, IN. She lives in the Uptown neighborhood in Minneapolis. What surprised you most about the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region? I have been most surprised by the amount of...

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Stories of Our Newest Neighbors

There’s been no shortage of Make It. MSP. events of late, but something special was in the air as dozens of volunteers gathered at the Minnesota History Center to welcome more than 250 new residents and launch the MSP HELLO project. Thanks to partnership with the...

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Revealing Insights: Professionals of Color in MSP

1000 voices Can you be your authentic self at work? How do you respond (or not respond) to experiences with bias or discrimination? Do leaders in your community reflect you and your background? Last year, we asked professionals of color from across the...

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Discover all the latest news from Make It. MSP.

With dozens of organizations and hundreds of people working in partnership through Make It. MSP., it can be hard to keep with everything that’s happening. That’s one of the reasons we launched this blog! It’s also why we’re refreshing makeitmsp.org and our other...

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Intern to Intern: Kelby Sapien

Kelby Sapien is a software engineer at Target originally from Long Beach, CA. He lives in the West Bank/Seven Corners neighborhood (right next to the University of MN). What surprised you most about the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region? As an IT professional, I was...

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Welcome home to Innovative MN

As a public programs specialist with the Minnesota Historical Society, I'm delighted that the MSP HELLO Welcome Hat series, a venue for newcomers to meet people and connect with resources that make the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area feel like home, will continue to host...

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Five Lessons from a First-Time Collaborative Event

Sixteen weeks stood between an informal coffee shop meetup and a collaborative event for professionals of color in the MSP region. The collaborating partners, the Make it. MSP. initiative and Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), joined together due to mutual interest. At the...

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Hack the Gap Shows There Are Women in Tech

Next weekend, we will be hosting our third Hack the Gap all-women hackathon! This hackathon comes around once a year in Minneapolis. This year the event is on January 14th and 15th. We set a goal for ourselves in October as we started planning: reach more women by...

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