Diversity Council In the News

Diversity Council initiates community response program

November 11, 2016

Diversity Council launched "Allies and Advocates," a community response program meant to nurture and support individuals experiencing heightened anxiety, uncertainty, or incidents of bias and hate after the elections.

Listening leads to judicial changes

November 8, 2016

The Diversity Council hosted a community conversation on behalf of the Third Judicial District  in order to address concerns expressed by the local black community.

'I feel powerless to protect our boys'

April 29, 2016

About 50 people gathered Thursday night in the cafeteria at John Adams Middle School for a listening session hosted by the Minnesota Judicial Branch Third Judicial District and the Rochester Diversity Council.
Racial equity within Minnesota justice system discussed in Rochester panel
April 28, 2016
Diversity Council and Minnesota Judicial Branch Third District host listening session to discuss racial and ethnic fairness in the Minnesota Court System.
UMR hosts discussion on freedom of speech
April 12, 2016
Executive Director Dee Sabol and Education Program Manager Vangie Castro present "Freedom of Speech and the Impact of Language" at UMR Connects.
Find ways to overcome any political prejudices

November 4, 2015

Prejudice against people from an opposing political party has become more prevalent than racism. Our editorial has the latest stats.


Colorado woman to head Rochester's Diversity Council

October 29, 2015

Dee Sabol is announced as the Diversity Council's new Executive Director.

Minorities becoming the majority

July 8, 2015

Youth Education Program Manager Vangie Castro comments for KIMT on coming demographic changes.


Diversity has many forms, and all deserve tolerance

July 4, 2015

Diversity Council editorial on the Supreme Court decision to strike down same-sex marriage bans and the resulting implications for religious diversity.


Hocker leaving Diversity Council for MPR

Executive Director Kay Hocker steps down after 10 years of leading the Diversity Council.


Rochester Diversity Council celebrates 25 years

January 23, 2015


Family is focus of upcoming RCT/Diversity Council events

January 1, 2015

"Redefining Family" is the theme of Celebrating Diversity & Inclusivity 2015, the annual event series sponsored by Rochester Civic Theatre and the Diversity Council

Winners of Ardee Awards announced

October 22, 2014

The Diversity Council wins a second Ardee Award for Arts Collaboration.

Holiday should honor positive aspects of heritage

October 10, 2014

Diversity Council editorial on Columbus Day

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.


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.


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.



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