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July 11, 2011

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July 11, 2011

I am amazed a the DIversity Council's consistent presence in the community through special exhibits, schools, and professional forums. They constantly refresh and build on thier services they provide. Not only do they believe in inclusion and diversity their organization is living tesetimony of putting their beliefs into action. Their edcuation on race and diversity issues is now being delivered to the business and legislative leaders in our community. Their leadership and collaborative efforts with other profit and non-profit organizations in the community made it possible for the RACE Exhibit to be brought to Rochester. Their In addtion, their staff truly represents the faces of the community. The Diveristy Council truly puts their belifs into action.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the open mindedness and willingness to engage in open dialogue around senstive issues previoulsy thought as taboo topics in the community.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide them with the necessary resources to expand the capacity and availability of thier services.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Training hours more in line with working people schedule.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like a part of the village....

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 10, 2011

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July 10, 2011

In 2010, the Mayo Clinic sponsored the national exhibit "RACE: Are We So Different?" in Rochester, MN in partnership with the Rochester Public Library and many nonprofit organizations. I volunteered to be one of 177 facilitators trained by the Diversity Council to lead discussion groups. The Diversity Council managed 6,750 students and 900 adults who toured the exhibit.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

becoming a corporate trainer for the Diversity Council, and preparing myself to serve its mission to educate people to embrace diversity as a foundation for building a healthy, inclusive and prosperous community.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

double its budget, because it is exceedingly powerful and impactful in the community. Rochester is a growing, dynamic and increasingly international community that embraces the Diversity Council's vision to be "an inclusive and welcoming community in which every individual is respected."

July 8, 2011

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July 8, 2011

This organization is doing wonderful work in the field of building a more inclusive community and bring awareness to the social justice issues that Rochester community members face. They are using cutting edge techniques in bringing people together!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Doing activities with students of all ages and facilitating dialogues with professionals.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make membership required for all community members.

July 8, 2011

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July 8, 2011

The Rochester Diversity Council part that I work in is with the schools grades K-12. Where there is a different presentation to each grade. The topics deal with Diversity of people, Bullying, How to meet a new person in class.
The students do all the discussion we only facilitate the
conversation and provide the questions for the group to answere and present to the class, the group maybe 2 students to as many as 6 students.
We have presented the SPARK program to schools for the past 10 years all over MN.
Thanks for thr time to comment
Ron Machacek
Volunteer Scheduler

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Students remember the presentations and say hello in the community and intro us to there parents

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more schools in more towns have the program

July 8, 2011

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July 8, 2011

The Diversity Council is my favorite non-profit organization in Rochester because they do so much to help build a truly welcoming and inclusive community. The DC offers a positive vision for our future, and works to achieve this vision through education. The Diversity Council's programs educate people at all stages of life to respect their fellow human beings. I am participating in the Corporate Training program and the K-12 Spark! workshops program; I think both of these programs have and will provide tremendous benefit to every member of our community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Speaking to many people around town. The impact the Diversity Council has had on so many lives is amazing. So many people are more open, more contentious, and more harmonious than they might otherwise be.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it bigger and put its programs in all workplaces and schools in the state to help build a open inclusive society for our global future.

July 7, 2011

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July 7, 2011

I helped with the RACE exhibit at the Rochester Public Library. Along with the wonderful training i received and a real incentive to spend time myself at the RACE exhibit, I met other visitors who were ready to learn.
I am sure that Rochester, with its great diversity, will continue to benefit
from the Diversity Council's involvement with this and other events and programs.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the excitment of people who visited the exhibit.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I really don't know enough about the organization to make suggestions.

July 7, 2011

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July 7, 2011

The video "Living together [videorecording] : a history of prejudice in Olmsted County produced by the Diversity Council and held in several local libraries has been most useful in my community role. This video shows the groups of people who have been discriminated against from the 1850's (Dakota) to the present (Somali). This video also contains several views of Rochester from historically significant bluffs that are still very important to Dakota and Native American peoples, as they were 150 years ago.

Additionally, when needed I receive very helpful expert advice from Diversity Council staff (usually Kay Hocker) as I proceed in the Rochester Park and Recreation Steering Committe for a city park on a bluff, known to be Dakota burial grounds. Here, my roles include working with many Native American and white people (and the groups they represent) to recommend plans for this park. The value of this land and its appropriate use varies considerably given the ethnic group I am speaking with. Kay's guidance has been great.

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I have experienced seeing the thrill and pride of local Dakota people seeing Dakota presented in a respecful way in the"Living Together" video. It seems when they speak of the Dakota scenes, they seem proud and delighted. . I think this portrayal of Dakota for public viewing is rare. Some of the Dakota people I work with, frequently wish to share this video with other people who are interested in local Native American culture.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Please ensure the Diversity Council has more staff to assist people like me who need guidance when working through conflicts with ethnic groups within Rochester with very different values. Additionally, "The Living Together -a history of prejudice in Olmsted County" video is great, and was produced on VHS. Can we get it on DVD? Can we get it updated? Can we include the documentation recently discovered about local Native Americans living here in 1852? (If so, I can be reached at litt0129@umn.edu)

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through my church.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

The staff is so busy with so many projects- while they are eager to guide me, their schedules are pretty booked. More staff would be helpful!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 7, 2011

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July 7, 2011

The Diversity Council is a beacon of hope, a constant light showing the way to a better future for ourselves and our children. I work in a healthcare setting, so I use a healthcare metaphor to describe the Diversity Council. The programming they provide for our community is similar to a vaccine - they are helping to rid the disease of racism and other social injustices. They were a principal force in making the RACE exhibit come alive for our city and for thousands of others in the surrounding communities as well. I also receive regular emails, which are alwasy smart, even witty, and enrich my day by providing educational materials to help me be a better advocate for social justice where I live!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen co-workers who attended white-privilege workshops and other seminars become more mindful about the less-obvious ways discrimination enters our workplace and relationships...and I feel that people are becoming more open about discussing challenges, fears, and ideas to improve equity/opportunities. We've had the Diversity Council Director speak to our staff on a few occassions during orientation, and she brings both fun and insightful activities as well as a compassion.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I hope to become more involved with this organization in the years ahead, but only because I believe in their mission and their people. I can't think of a thing I'd change today...other than seeing them continue to engage all members of our community.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Through a community leadership development program

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 7, 2011

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July 7, 2011

This organization has done such great things for Rochester, MN and the surrounding community. As a gay man in a rural and conservative are, it is nice to know that the Diversity Council has always been there to support my struggles. They reach out to the community and provide guidance and education which is needed by the community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Gay and lesbian rights in Rochester

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

July 7, 2011

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July 7, 2011

My "exposure" to the good works of our Diversity Council extend back at least 15 years, to when our children were in elementary school. The Council provided diversity trainers to the Rochester public schools, and the several I encountered in those years accomplished the challenge of being both high-quality professionals, and great, multi-generational communicators. Best of all, they (and most other staff and/or volunteers we met with affiliation to the D-C) have over time imparted to my wife & me the importance of empathizing with and "seeing the cultural Other" among us. Thanks!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My work (as a public employee, serving an increasingly diverse public), and private life.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone them to share w. All communities.

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