Disability is non-discriminate and touches people from all walks of life. Including diverse voices in the discussion of best practices, research, personal experiences, and policy is an important ingredient of the MN LEND’s curriculum. The MN LEND program is committed to exploring, sharing, and embracing diverse Fellow perspectives. The MN LEND program seeks to train Fellows of all racial, ethnic, economic, disability, and sexual orientation, and educational backgrounds. Such diversity enriches the learning experience and helps build excellence in neurodevelopmental disabilities leadership.2011-12 LEND Fellows Shivani Pandit and Istaahil Maalin
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are located within a diverse, major metropolitan area with something for everyone. Minnesota's famed quality of life is a major draw for students and professionals alike. The cities are home to a nationally recognized arts and theater community, as well as music venues, crafts fairs, cultural celebrations, and world-class restaurants that contribute to the enjoyable and comfortable lifestyle—day or night.
Immigrant communities thrive in the Twin Cities. Somalis, Southeast Asians, and Eastern Europeans have in recent years joined the more established Hispanic and African American communities. Also included In the ethnic and cultural blend are American Indians who are represented in the Twin Cities and in greater Minnesota. People from all over the United States and the world call the Twin Cities home.
The state is home to a thriving and engaged business community which boasts numerous Fortune 500 companies and multinational organizations. Historically, Minnesota is noteworthy for its progressive approaches to health and human services, medical innovation, computer technology, and public policy leadership.
For all these reasons and more, Minnesota is consistently ranked one of the best places to live in the United States.