Diversity Council Shares Report on Inclusiveness in Olmsted County

February 09, 2018 12:20 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Diversity Council surveyed people across Olmsted County to get an idea of how attitudes and perceptions toward race and immigration have changed over the years.

On Thursday, the Council held a community event called “How We See Our Neighbors?”


The message was that anti-immigrant ideology does exist in the nation and even in our own communities.

The study compared data from a 2006 survey and one done a decade later. The report found that people felt Rochester has become more inclusive and welcoming to diverse cultures.

While the perception of some minority communities has improved, the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment is still common. By sharing the survey with the public, the hope is to make people aware of the social divide that exists.

“Getting more community members, interest groups involved can only help us collectively chart that positive future forward,” said a Ron Ferguson, who is a board member of the Diversity Council.

“I think it's critical that we learn about what the state of our city, our county, our state, country and our world is like,” said Mary Jones who attended the event. “Otherwise, how are we to improve?"

More than 30 people made it out, some speaking out about the government's role in racism.

"Right now, the government is playing the immigration and the scare tactics,” said Abdi Roble. “I mean if you tell the people that these people are coming in and taking your jobs and doing all this, they are going to be resistant. Some people."

The council said even getting to know your coworkers and neighbors outside your social circle can make the difference in becoming a more inclusive community.


Hannah Tiede

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