Minka 2017: Host To Home

This campaign ended on October 21, 2017, but you can still make a gift to St. Jerome's University by clicking here!

Minka is a Quechua word that represents the coming together of people to work collaboratively on a common project that benefits an entire community. It is a call to action where community members work side by side towards a common goal, bringing the expertise they have from their daily lives and placing it alongside the expertise of another. It is a culminating event where, in solidarity, community members are empowered to create changes that have lasting impact in the community they build together. Everything stops when someone calls a Minka.
At St. Jerome’s University, our Minkas are an opportunity for us to bring people together to dialogue about a social justice issue we are facing in our local community. The Minka is an opportunity to dive into the complexity of the issue and be part of developing approaches to making change in our community.

In 2017, St. Jerome’s University is partnering with Reception House Waterloo Region to offer Host to Home -an opportunity for the Kitchener-Waterloo community to come together to better understand the challenges of the refugee settlement experience in KW and through human-centered design practices, dialogue and create action plans around ways we can transition our community from being hosts to being a genuine home to newcomers. 

This campaign will help offset the cost of registration for community members who can not afford the full registration fee. We want to ensure that there is access to the conversation, especially for those who have experienced the settlement experience first-hand. We want to be sure that everyone's voice is heard at the table, and that everyone has an opportunity to share their gifts in the work towards making our community a better home. 

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For every $50 you give, we will donate a ticket so that a community member can join the dialogue