Diversity Council Staff Blog

August 23, 2017

This week I interviewed Salwa (left) and Waris (right), two Somali employees who work at Hiawatha Homes, which provides residential services and support for people with disabilities and their families. Hiawatha Homes CEO Cindy Ostrowski was also present at the intervie...

July 18, 2017

A half a year has passed since I embarked on this journey of interviews through culture and lived experience I like to call “Powerful Perspectives”. So far I’ve had the pleasure of listening to and learning from five very dynamic individuals. It only feels right to tak...

June 13, 2017

An anonymous Minnesotan of Hispanic heritage speaks about her personal experience as an immigrant growing up in a majority white environment.

Growing up, people couldn’t pronounce my name correctly and I would say, “Oh, that’s fine,” but now that I’m older, I stand up f...

May 9, 2017

Dr. Brian Rossi, Executive Director of STEM Academy, and Ali Ashkir, Office Manager of STEM Academy and a local imam, talk about Somali culture, common misconceptions of Islam, and creating a thriving educational environment based on respect and focused on higher educa...

April 4, 2017

 Carrie Clark shares about living in Rochester with both physical disabilities and mental illnesses. 

Mental Illness

Carrie was diagnosed at 14 with bipolar disorder, and later the diagnosis was amended to borderline personality disorder, schizoaffective disorder,...

March 1, 2017

This month’s Powerful Perspective is brought to you by Martin, co-owner of Northgate Salon and Wigs, Rochester’s premier ethnic salon and purveyor of authentic, quality African hair and beauty products. Martin speaks on the unique challenges faced by immigrant minority...

January 24, 2017

When the staff first set out to start our weekly blog my first reaction was on obvious one: “What the heck am I going to write about that people would actually find interesting?” I finally came up with the idea for “Powerful Perspectives” after much discussion and deli...

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