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“BE”

 BE: The Belonging Establishment

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BE: Promoting Radical Inclusivity through

Curating Connections

Facilitation & Workshops

Community Gatherings

Onboarding & Connection Packages

WHO WE ARE

The Belonging Establishment (BE) is grounded in the value of “fictive kinship” as well as system- and self-transformation. When our ancestors were separated through slavery, they had to create new ways of being family while holding on to the memories and hope of returning to their families of origin. This is the idea of “fictive kinship.” We live in an era where many people, particularly those who have been historically marginalized, experience separation from our families and communities of origin in ways we were not prepared for. The job market and the economy now provide opportunities all over the U.S. and the world that require that we move to new places and expand our lives and circle of connections.

As a transplant to Minnesota who hails from East St. Louis, IL, I understand well the importance of “finding your community” in new spaces. I grew up in a close knit community where my family members typically remained within a 30-mile radius of where we grew up; it has been quite different to live and work most of my adult life in Minnesota and in several other places in the U.S. and South Africa. BE understands that building a strong sense of belonging is a critical component of retaining transplants and connecting those who are already established. BE is a core initiative of Joi Unlimited, Coaching and Consulting. BE is based in St. Paul,Minnesota, which, like many communities, is particular in its ways of being that are not easily deciphered or recognizable to the newcomer. Expansion to other cities is currently under investigation. BE helps to make transparent unspoken cultural mores in an effort to assist transplants and their loved ones to successfully navigate their new home community and ultimately create a sense of belonging.

WHAT WE DO

BE specializes in cultural on-boarding for historically underrepresented populations, particularly people of color. We also partner with communities to assist institutions and organizations in attracting and retaining the most diverse talent pool possible. We support individuals who are transitioning to new (or changing) environments, positions, and experiences. We connect employees and their loved ones to established places, faces, and community traditions. We also stay “in the know” about current and emerging trends and connect clients to opportunities to be engaged in the community.

OFFERINGS AND SERVICES

We are knowledgeable about a wide variety of services and opportunities for our clients and have listed several of them below. However, the essential service we provide is tailored, critical access to vetted people and places that cannot be framed in a list and goes beyond a rolodex. We not only refer you, we also provide the on-ramp for intentional, strategic connections that are key.  We begin with a complimentary consultation that broadens the context for the information we’ve collected from our intake survey. Clients may choose from an array of Belonging Services that can be customized. We recognize that interests and needs are as diverse and varied as our clients and therefore, in addition to our standard Belonging Package, which includes some general information and invitations to one BE’s events The Right Place to “Be” or “BE” In the Know welcome events. Our services can be enlisted à la carte or through combination packages.

We offer tailored connections to trusted networks of people and organizations

HOUSING
SCHOOLS
GROCERY STORES/FARMERS MARKETS

SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS LIFE
MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ORGANIZATIONS (in the areas of race/ethnicity, gender and sexuality, disability, etc.)

POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS

CITY AND STATE GOVERNMENT

PARKS AND RECREATION
LAKES AND WATERPARKS

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
DINING
MUSIC SCENE
SPORTING EVENTS

WORK LIFE BALANCE
FAMILY SUPPORT (child care, elder care, tutoring)

HEALTH AND WELLNESS
BEAUTY AND GROOMING (HAIR SALON/NAILS/MASSAGE)

BE involved, BE inspired,
and (most importantly) BELONG