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Impact vs. Intent

The Inclusive Dubuque Network recently created a poster with a message of being welcoming and inclusive of everyone in our community in the hopes that we would see these posters in storefronts, businesses, homes, and more. We thought we’d use a quote that business leaders would recognize in order to make them feel more comfortable […]

Embracing Fear to Make a Positive Impact

Regardless of our age, race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or political views, it is safe to say that our world appears to be changing, and quite quickly. From the millions of people who marched across the globe in support of women’s and human rights to those who gathered at airports in support […]

Out of Many, One

My name is Sam Giere. I am a husband and father. I am a teacher. I am a middle-aged white man with Nordic roots. I am a Christian preacher. I volunteer with Dubuque Community School District. I am a bagpiper in the Dubuque Fire Pipes & Drums. I grew-up along the Canadian border in Minnesota. […]

Election Results: No Excuse for Intolerance

No matter your political beliefs, this contentious election season has taken a toll on all of us. The last 18 months have exposed deep divisions in our country and have reminded us how important it is to remain committed to our work of creating an equitable and inclusive community where everyone has access to opportunity […]

“What’s your name?” A story of implicit bias

I recently tied the knot with my long-term girlfriend and best friend, and while the wedding day flew by without a hitch, it’s become evident that the days ahead for her will never be the same. What’s in a name? My last name is Aguilar and, although my name might suggest otherwise, I’m a white […]

Sharing Our Story in Oakland

A couple of weeks ago, I was honored to attend the Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) in Oakland, California, to speak about the work we are doing in Dubuque to advance equity and inclusion. NFG’s mission is to build capacity in philanthropy to advance social justice and community change. Throughout the conference, I was struck by […]

How many gas stations are there downtown?

I’ve experienced a few times a feeling of annoyance that there aren’t any gas stations in downtown Dubuque. It’s really inconvenient! But when I really pay attention, I see that actually there are several. I don’t really have to go far to get to one. So what’s going on? Well, how do gas stations downtown […]

Changing the World Starts with One

The news of the horrific hate crime that took place in Orlando over the weekend has left many in our nation, and in our city, reeling. The Inclusive Dubuque Network wants our LGBTQ friends in Dubuque, and across the globe, to know that we stand with them. More than ever, it is clear that while […]

Breaking the Chain of Violence

Thinking about the terrorist attack in Orlando, it seems to me that there is a kind of evil we all recognize, in spite of our very real differences in this country. Indiscriminate murder by terrorist attack or suicide bombing is evil. Killing the innocent, the weak, the young or the old is evil. Murdering people […]

Finding Support During Tragedy

As soon as our community learned about the killings, we started reaching out to each other via social media, text and in-person. We started to express a need to connect with each other and act from that space. Below are some of our reflections, feelings and experiences. ” I want my presence to signify that […]