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DHS Looking for Four Representatives for Its Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is still accepting applications to add four representatives to its Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council (CECLC). The CECLC is specifically seeking to fill two council seats with members from the state’s American Indian community and two additional seats from “diverse cultural and ethnic communities throughout Minnesota.”

Established in 2013 by the Minnesota Legislature, the purpose of the CECLC is to advise the commissioner of the DHS and review department policies to identify “racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and tribal disparities” and publish an annual report to help ensure the equitable delivery of DHS services. At any given time, the CECLC has between 15 and 25 members, which collectively represent the following sectors:

  • Health and Human Services committee members in the Minnesota State Legislature
  • Racial and ethnic minority groups
  • Members of the American Indian community
  • Human services program participants
  • Parents of human services program participants
  • Public and private institutions
  • Members of the faith community
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services employees

Regardless of one’s experience on public/private councils or boards, all are welcome to apply. The deadline for applications is this Friday, July 15. To submit an online application, follow this link at the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State website. And, for more information on the council, please visit the DHS’s dedicated CECLC webpage, which includes details on meeting schedules, time commitments, council workgroups, recent documents and reports, and other frequently asked questions. You can also direct specific questions about the council via email to

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