The Diversity Council

In the News



Shared stories build bridges

February 26, 2014

A profile of the Kudos group, one of our 2014 Champions of Diversity.


Diversity Council honors Champions of Diversity

January 24, 2014


We shouldn't aspire to live in a 'colorblind' society

October 26, 2013

A Diversity Council editorial published by the Post-Bulletin


First Ardee Awards recipients honored

October 23, 2013

The Diversity Council was one of the winners of the inaugural Ardee Awards, honored for Arts Collaboration for the Question Bridge project co-sponsored with the Rochester Art Center.


New Minnesota consortium to fight racism

October 11, 2013

The Racial Equity Minnesota network launches around the state. The Diversity Council serves as convener for the network.


Ronayne receives Champion of Diversity award

January 25, 2013

Jeanne Ronayne of Olmsted County Victim Services was recognized with the annual Champion of Diversity Award at the Diversity Council's annual celebration, which also featured Pillsbury House Theatre's Breaking Ice.


January is 'diversity & inclusivity' month in Rochester

January 3, 2013

The Diversity Council and Rochester Civic Theatre present a month of events celebrating diversity.


New online resource focuses on 'What Works' in anti-bias efforts

May 14, 2012

Dr. Char Kunkel, Professor of Sociology at Luther College, partners with the Diversity Council to launch a collection of success stories.


Diversity Council Member Appointed to Dayton's Anti-Bullying Task Force

February 24, 2012

Youth Education Program Manager Vangie Castro is appointed to the statewide anti-bullying task force. (KAAL)


'Champions' further cause of diversity

January 20, 2012

Champion of Diversity awards are announced at the Diversity Council annual meeting.


Pulse on Health: Time to Intervene

November 7, 2011

Columnist Jeff Hansel at the Post-Bulletin addresses the Diversity Council's anti-bullying campaign.


Diversity Council Outlines Anti-Bullying Campaign

October 11, 2011

The Diversity Council launches a year-long anti-bullying campaign at the National Coming Out Day celebration. From KAAL



International Journalists Visit Rochester

September 28, 2011

An Armenian TV crew spends two days with the Diversity Council


Rochester is Focus of Armenian TV Series

August 29, 2011

The Diversity Council plays host in September to a visiting TV crew from Armenia filming stories on diversity, education, immigration and volunteerism in America.


It's Possible to be Both Civil and Strong

May 28, 2011

Editorial by Diversity Council volunteer Kathy Brutinel in the Post-Bulletin.


Diversity Council Training for Employees at Work

May 9, 2011

The Diversity Council rolls out a new corporate training program titled "Becoming the Solution." From KAAL TV


Officials React to Rochester Hate Crime

May 6, 2011

When a Somali family's home is targeted with racist graffiti, the Bias/Hate Crime Incident Team responds, led by Diversity Council Executive Director Kay Hocker. From KAAL TV


Firms work to create inclusive workplaces

Executive Director Kay Hocker and Diversity Council Board member Michelle Flanagan, who is human resources site manager for IBM, served on a panel convened to help area business leaders create inclusive work environments.


Diversity Council Board President Named One of Five to Watch

February 23, 2011

The Post-Bulletin named Diversity Council Board President Ashok Patel as one of five community leaders who are "on the front lines in developing the face of the future."


Bullying isn't just a normal rite of passage

December 20, 2010

An editorial on bullying from the Diversity Council.


Exhibit that debunks race opens Monday

May 15, 2010

"RACE: Are we so different?" is a nationally touring exhibit brought to Rochester by Mayo Clinic. The Diversity Council is providing educational activities in conjunction with the exhibit.


Making it on Nick News

January 15, 2009

Ten of the 170 students who entered the Diversity Council's Martin Luther King, Jr. poetry contest were selected to recite their poems on camera for a Nickelodeon special to air February 8.


Diversity Council survey reveals racial perceptions

August 28, 2007

The Diversity Council reported to a group of about 100 community leaders on the results of the 2006 Olmsted County Racial Attitudes and Actions Survey.