Rural Community Inclusion News

Join us in the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge

Please join the Center for Rural Affairs as we embark on the Food Solutions New England 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge together.

As an organization, we are committed to understanding and undoing racism in our food system. By taking the challenge, made up of small daily email prompts delivered each morning from March 30 through April 20, we can all easily participate in this transformative effort at our own pace.

Working together, celebrating each other: a diversity and inclusion conversation

My hometown of Lexington, Nebraska, is beautifully diverse. We work side by side with various cultures every day from the bank tellers to the certified nursing assistants at our clinic. We see the rise of the immigrant and refugee entrepreneurial spirit when we drive our downtown streets. There is no hiding it, we are a very diverse city in rural Nebraska.

Growing your intercultural competence

You don’t know what you don’t know. If we want to grow and improve ourselves, we have to know where we need to focus our energy and attention. If our goal is to be more capable and effective engaging with difference and diversity, we must first explore our own differences.

Just like the the 10,000 hour rule, intended to improve our intercultural competency (or any other skill), we need to make a commitment to intentional and ongoing practice of engaging with difference to improve.

DACA decision hits close to home

Your next door neighbor. Your friend from the gym. Your co-worker, doctor, lawyer, hair stylist—these are people from our communities who we know and love. And, they are DACA recipients.

DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, was introduced in 2012 by President Barack Obama to stop the deportation of people who were brought into the U.S. as children. Though the program does not provide a pathway to citizenship, the status is renewable and lasts two years at a time.

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