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Annual Report Surveys 25 Years of Working for an Inclusive Community


Our 2014 Annual Report is now available! In celebration of 25 years of working toward equity and inclusion, we take a look back at the highlights of our history and hear from former staff, Board Presidents, facilitators, and volunteers about what the Diversity Council has meant to them. For example, Courtney Lawson, Development and Communications Director from 2006 - 2008 (and currently Executive Director of NAMI), writes to us:


"My work at the Diversity Council transformed me. I had never before considered the power and privilege I had. Recognizing this ignited my desire to use them in a manner that created positive change. My work also helped identify my life's purpose, which is to advocate for social justice, and to obliterate the terms "underserved" and "underrepresented," ensuring that all people can participate fully in society, are invited to the table and are treated with the respect they deserve."


Take a walk down memory lane and find out what Jackie Trotter, Barbara Porter, Bob Nowicki, and many others have to say about the difference we've made.



International Women's Day

Three ordinary women tell their stories of life lived in the real world and their understanding of "Grace in the Margins." Speakers include Deb Brossoit, sharing her family's experiences with addiction; Nisha Kurup, a Diversity Council board member originally from India whose faith helped her overcome adversity; and Renae Claeys, sharing her story of helping impoverished children in developing countries with reconstructive surgery. March 5, 6 - 7:30, Assisi Heights. $28 per person, includes light supper. Register



Women on Wednesdays: Women in the Performing Arts

Rochester has the good fortune of an abudance of talented women working in the performing arts. But does it come at a price? Area women talk about the difficulties encountered, the support and gratification received, and an intensified sense of empowerment developed as they pursue their artistic goals. Presented by Rochester Civic Theatre and the Diversity Council. No fee to attend. Complimentary appetizers and cash bar. Wednesday, March 11, 5 - 7pm, Rochester Civic Theatre. Reservations required by Monday the 16th to mari@rochestercivictheatre.org



Diversity Council to present at Multicultural Families Group

Mixed race families, adoptive families, foster families, immigrant families... Many in our community are concerned about raising children in a society where different races are not always treated equally. This support group for parents meets the 2nd Thursday of every month from 6:30 - 7:30pm at Peace United Church of Christ (1503 2nd Ave NE). The goal of the group is to provide support, share tips and experiences, and promote a sense of community. The Diversity Council will be facilitating the next three meetings. For more information or to RSVP, contact Kari Johnson Siewert at 507-398-6041 or dreamofpeace@hotmail.com.