Diversity Council Presents Peacemaker Day Camps
About 50 middle school students attended Peacemaker Day Camps presented by the Diversity Council at the Boys and Girls Club and the Rochester Area Family Y. The free camps were made possible by a grant from RBC Wealth Management.
The youth enjoyed team building activities , games, training in interpersonal skills, and discussion groups, as well as free meals and snacks. By focusing on interpersonal skills, we hope to equip students to interact with peers who look, act, or think differently from them and to ward off bullying before it begins.
The day camps also provided leadership training for participants in Student Leaders Creating Change, our high school anti-bullying program. SLCC students worked as junior counselors alongside adult supervisors from the Diversity Council.
And what did the middle schoolers think of the experience? All but one said they would recommend the camps to a friend, and one enthusiastic participant said that next time, the day-long camp should last for a month!
Diversity Council Welcomes W.C. Jordan to Racial Equity Minnesota network
As a convener of the Racial Equity Minnesota network, the Diversity Council is pleased to welcome W.C. Jordan, Jr. as the network’s new marketing representative. W.C. will be working to promote the services of network member organizations and to facilitate collaboration among member organizations to better meet the needs of clients.
W.C. is originally from Sunbury, North Carolina, where he graduated from Gates County High School. He attended North Carolina Central University in Durham where he obtained a BS in Business Administration. After graduation, W.C. began his professional career in retail management, working for Bell South for 15 years prior to taking a position with IBM in North Carolina. W.C. relocated to Rochester, Minnesota, with IBM, where he advanced into a management position. W.C. left IBM in 2003 and saw his career return to retail management.
In Rochester, W.C. continued a tradition of community service that he began in North Carolina. His volunteer activities have included the Chamber of Commerce Diversity Awareness Committee, United Way’s Vision Council and Community Solutions Team, Mayor’s Community Response Team, Olmsted County Human Rights Commissioner, NAACP Legal Redress Chair, NAACP Local Branch President, NAACP Minnesota/Dakotas Area State Conference President, Child Advocate in Rochester Public Schools, Bias/Hate Crime and Incident Team (led by the Diversity Council), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee, Prejudice Reduction Workshop facilitator (with the Diversity Council), Christ’s Church of the Jesus Hour Elder Board, volunteer at the Diversity Council, Rochester Police Department’s Oversight Planning Committee, and other community opportunities.
W.C. is the proud father of two adult children: Courtney, who resides in Atlanta, GA, and Stephen, who lives in Charlotte, NC. W.C. spends much of his free time pursuing his passion—working to advance the African American community and working for social justice and racial equity. W.C. is engaged to be married in the fall of 2014 to Barbara Porter (former president of the Diversity Council board), who shares his lifelong commitment to social justice and racial equity.