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Fighting Racism

To kick off the launch of Racial Equity Minnesota on Wednesday, Pillsbury House Theatre’s Breaking Ice Company performed at Alexandria Technical and Community College and pointedly shared the impact of diversity inclusion, equity advocacy and the power of words. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press) Fighting racism By Amy Chaffins on Nov 8, 2013 at 9:48am Although their number was small, about…

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Racial Equity Minnesota celebrates launch of new statewide network

ECHO PRESS – October 2, 2013 Racial Equity Minnesota celebrates launch of new statewide network A new statewide network to address racial equity in the workplace and educational and community settings will celebrate its formal launch in Alexandria on Wednesday, November 6 from 12:15 to 4 p.m. at Alexandria Technical and Community College. Racial Equity…

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Taking The Bully By The Horns

By: Crystal Dey, Alexandria Echo Press Pivotal community members were invited to an anti-bullying brainstorming session at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) on Wednesday morning. The Inclusion Network (IN) hosted the powwow in effort to collectively create programming that will be used in central Minnesota communities to educate residents on how to prevent bullying and how to…

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Otto Bremer Foundation Awards $45,000 to Inclusion Network

ECHO PRESS -7/24/2013 The Otto Bremer Foundation, majority owner of Bremer Bank, recently awarded $45,000 to the Inclusion Network and Alexandria Technical and Community College. The funds will be used to develop a curriculum and conduct community conversations, events and training on bullying in Alexandria. The grant will span two years. The Inclusion Network is…

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Diversity Resource Action Alliance Changes Name

ECHO PRESS ARTICLE The group came together with a common goal: to make Alexandria and the surrounding communities an inclusive and welcoming place for people of all backgrounds to live and work. Echo Press, Published January 30, 2013, 12:00 AM The Diversity Resource Action Alliance (DRAA) has met regularly at Alexandria Technical and Community College…

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Alexandria man honored for trying to undo racism

ECHO PRESS ARTICLE Steve Pederson of Alexandria has been named the 2012 Facing Race ambassador for Greater Minnesota by the St. Paul Foundation’s Facing Race initiative. As part of its ongoing effort to create a more equitable, just and open community, the foundation’s anti-racism initiative created the award to recognize people in the region who…

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Ambassador Award Website Profile

Success is hard to measure in this business. Things are better. Compared to the last 30 years that I’ve known Central Minnesota, we have made more progress in the last 5-10 years than in the past. It’s still a tough thing, though, and the more you learn, the more you learn you don’t know. Steve…

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Minnesota’s racial geography shifting

STAR TRIBUNE ARTICLE Minnesota’s outstate cities show striking contrasts, census finds. Minnesota has some of the most extreme examples of racial and ethnic change — and changelessness — in the nation, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday. The area in and around Alexandria remains whiter than all but three of the nation’s several hundred “micropolitan areas,”…

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Diversity Council Article (Rochester)

Steve Pederson has a mission: to make Central Minnesota a more welcoming and inclusive place to raise his children. He is a long-time advocate for racial sensitivity and racial equity but these goals were heightened when he and his wife adopted their first child, an African American girl. Now the proud parents of two children,…

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