Como Cookout & SECIA Annual Meeting 2022

Be sure to stay tuned to this page, which will be updated with additional details on the full Cookout event schedule & live entertainment lineup, the annual meeting agenda, involvement opportunities, voting member and candidate eligibility, and registration, as it becomes available!

** To request this information in another language or format, please contact ** Para solicitar esta información en otro idioma o en un formato diferente, por favor contacta  ** Xav thov nug nplooj ntawv no rau lwm hom lus los yog daim ntawv, thov hu rau ** Si aad u codsato foomkan oo qaab ama luqad kale ah, fadlan la xiriir

The Como Cookout + Annual Meeting
         is THIS SATURDAY! Oct. 8th       

Tentative Schedule:
11:00-1:00: Live entertainment! 
11:45: Food Service Starts; 
1-2pm: SECIA Annual Meeting;
*2-week voting period to open following the meeting
2-3pm: More live music!

Make your voice heard! CLICK below to:


We are looking for all the help we can get to make the Como Cookout as amazing as we can! Because the Como Cookout & Annual Meeting is SECIA’s biggest event of the year, we’re always in need of extra help to make everything run smoothly. If you have any interest in getting involved and giving us a hand, please fill out the form below to sign up for specific annual meeting/Cookout volunteer roles and shifts throughout the day, including set up (starting at 7:30am), event, and cleanup on Sat. Oct 8th (OR on Sun. Oct. 9th, in case of a rain date).

Click this link to sign up as a Volunteer!

Register and learn how to vote!

EVERYONE who lives, works (business/org owner or representative) or owns property in SE Como is eligible as a voting member for the Annual Meeting / Board Elections portion of the Como Cookout! The 2-week open voting period will begin at the end of the 10/8 annual meeting, thru Sun. 10/23, either by electronic ballot online or paper ballots in-person. You can register to vote by clicking the link above and filling out a short 3 minute form.

Run For Secia Board!

There’s still time to run for SECIA Board!

The SECIA Board of Directors is responsible for the overall policy, direction, and work of the organization, and reports its activities to the community at its regular monthly meetings. It’s a great opportunity to serve your neighborhood community.

If you’re interested in representing the SE Como Neighborhood, fill out SECIA Board of Directors Candidate Registration Form before the 1-2pm, Sat. 10/8 annual meeting, or attend the Cookout and run during the call for “nominations from the floor” during the elections!

Questions? Contact or call / text 612-685-0371

The SECIA members who
declared their Board candidacy
before the annual meeting include:

Mulki Hussein,
SE Como tenant resident

“I live in this community and care about what happens here”

George Masson (He/him/his)
UMN graduate student and SE Como tenant resident

“I chose to run for a position on SECIA’s Board of Directors to seek out and amplify our community’s reciprocity with nature for the purpose of ensuring future generation’s ability to experience our community’s beauty. As a graduate student of Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (MS-STEP), and a former employee of the City of Duluth’s Office of Sustainability, I believe I can offer to the Como neighborhood my expertise in the fields of sustainability, conservation biology, green infrastructure, and climate change planning. My partner, Abby, and I have spent considerable time volunteering with SECIA’s various gardening events, and are so proud to have made connections with many of Como’s residents.”

Kelly Rogers (She/Her)
UMN undergrad student and SE Como tenant resident:

“Local government is a passion of mine and I’m not sure how much more ‘local’ you can get than your own neighborhood.  To me, serving on the board of directors means helping to take the best care of my neighbors that I possibly can. I am especially passionate about land use planning and look forward to joining the conversation about the future of Tuttle School. Landmark structures like Tuttle become the fabric that we weave our lives around as members of the community and it is important to treat its next iteration as such.  Unfortunately for my wallet, I frequent the folks on the 1500 block of Como Avenue on an almost daily basis (shoutout to Thai Cuisine XPress). As a new transplant, I look forward to exploring all of the wonderful groups that make this neighborhood great. Being an Urban Studies major at the U, there is nothing I love more than community. Its what sparked my love of planning and what continues to drive my interest in joining SECIA.”

Kalthum Ali

SE Como Tenant Resident

Hi, my name is Kalthum Ali. I have lived here since 2008 when my children were younger. We had good time living here, and therefore that’s why I like to work for the next children who are growing up in the neighborhood now.

Como Cookout Live Music Lineup

Zehra (@hibuhassan) is a local singer-songwriter and guitarist

KMove (@kmove_official)  is an all inclusive K-Pop dance team based in the Twin Cities

Kelvino (@childishkelvino)

Brazil Arts Twin Cities is a collaborative group of artists & performers who celebrate Brazilian music.

eNDiO (@dio.mpls) is an alternative hip-hop/R&B artist and visual creator from Minneapolis

Green Line Quintet is a jazz combo made up of University of Minnesota students

The Como Cookout is back this fall, now in combination with the SECIA 2022 Annual meeting and election! ALL are welcome! The Como Cookout is our largest annual neighborhood event, and brings more than 900 residents together at Van Cleve Park! Enjoy free food, a great lineup of live performances, a community resource fair, and fun activities together with your neighbors!c

If you live or work in the SE Como neighborhood, you can also participate in our annual meeting and elections, for the first time ever in combination with the cookout! The annual meeting is a time to reflect on ou]\\\\\\\\\\\r successes in serving the SE Como community, on what we’ve learned, and for neighbors to give voice to SECIA’s plans and priorities for the year to come.

Up to 6 regular, 3-year term SECIA board member positions plus up to 2 special undergraduate and graduate 1-year term seats will be open for election. Members will get a chance not only to vote for their neighbors, but also to run for board member themselves! SECIA’s elections will open in-person on the 8th for all members at the close of the event, and voting will remain open online (and by paper ballot, by request) for 2 weeks after.

This year, we’re continuing our partnership with UMN – Off-Campus Living and the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board – Van Cleve Park. Other partners and sponsors include the the City of Minneapolis’ TapMpls Drinking Fountains project and Paradigm Copies. If your local business or organization serving SE Como wants to join the list of event sponsors or partners, at any level, please reach out to us to learn more, at!

If you’re interested in volunteering to help us plan and host the best cookout and elections possible, please join us! Whether you have an hour, a day, or time over the next month to get involved by helping us invite the neighborhood, helping to lead kids/arts activities, providing event set up, day-of volunteering; please fill out this form:

And please share/post these updated Cookout/Annual Meeting flyer broadly!
(full page flyer) (half page handouts)

To request this information in another language or format, please contact  ** Para solicitar esta información en otra idioma o en un formato diferente, por favor contacta **  Xav thov nug nplooj ntawv no rau lwm hom lus los yog daim ntawv, thov hu rau ** Si aad u codsato foomkan oo qaab ama luqad kale ah, fadlan la xiriir