Non-discrimination efforts recognized

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

An initiative to provide a welcoming, non-discriminatory environment in Central Minnesota – Create CommUNITY – has been recognized for its ongoing efforts
by the Washington, D.C.-based Aspen Institute Roundtable for Community Change.

A spokesperson for the institute said the St. Cloud program, one of four community-based non-discrimination efforts to receive recognition, was chosen as an example for the nation. “We picked St. Cloud because some of the lessons you’ve learned are ones we wanted others to be able to benefit from,” Anne Kubisch, co-director of the Aspen Institute Roundtable, told the St. Cloud Times when the recognition was announced.

Among other initiatives, Create CommUNITY has sponsored a series of interfaith discussions, offered cultural awareness education and developed diversity seminars. An example is the “Continuing the Conversation on Race” seminar held in St. Cloud last fall, an event that attracted more than 600 people.

Create CommUNITY was formed in 2003 as a broad-based collaborative of community organizations, including the mayor’s office and St. Cloud State, to work together to reduce racism in St. Cloud and the area.

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