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Intergenerational Learning Creates an Inclusive Environment for All

Susan Taylor is a family life specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Dubuque County. She can be reached at 563.583.6496 or at Iowa is a “greying” state with 41.2% of Dubuque County’s population age 45 and older, according to the 2000 census. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Dubuque County […]

African Heritage Week 2015 at University of Dubuque

Mishereen Ellis, director of multicultural student engagement at University of Dubuque February 9-13, 2015 will mark the third annual African Heritage Week at the University of Dubuque. The week-long cultural experience, sponsored by the University’s Office of Multicultural Student Engagement, will showcase the history, experiences, and culture throughout the African diaspora.

A Letter to Fellow Mission Partners

Inclusive Dubuque Partners, As we follow the events in Ferguson, many of us involved in Inclusive Dubuque are asking questions and thinking about our own community. Last night, President Obama addressed the nation after it was announced that Darren Wilson would not be indicted. In his remarks, he talked about America’s long-standing struggle with race […]

SPIRIT Alive in Cedar Rapids

On September 25, I had the privilege of accompanying Inclusive Dubuque and the City of Dubuque Human Rights staff as a facilitator for the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Student Problem Identification and Resolution of Issues Together (SPIRIT) event held by Cedar Rapids Washington High School (CRW). Earlier in the year, a student fight had received […]

My Day as a Volunteer

I volunteered to help with the Speak Your Peace booth at the Dubuque Farmers’ Market. Farmer’s Market is my favorite because of all the different and unique booths that range from training dogs to baby clothing, gifts and fresh foods and veggies. 

A Lesson in Communication

Growing up in Cedar Rapids, my exposure to real ethnic diversity was limited. Our neighborhood and the students at my schools were predominately white. I celebrated my Irish heritage by attending the St. Patrick’s Day parade with my dad—long before the holiday rivaled Thanksgiving in popularity. And although we aren’t Czechoslovakian, I played the accordion […]

Taking a Chance to Make a Change

Eight months ago, I was just a regular 22-year-old working a decent customer service job and taking it day by day. Life was comfortable. I didn’t hate my job; it paid well enough to cover my expenses and the schedule was a dream. All that came to an end last August, however, when the company […]

Paving a New Path

I scurried into the seminar venue and slid into the back of the room just as the presenter began to speak. “Welcome to the Bridges out of Poverty Workshop…” I have to admit this was one workshop that had intrigued me from the start. Having been born into a migrant working family, I was quite […]

Mulch, Manure and Memories…

Whenever I get a day out of the office, it’s generally only because I’m spending time in other people’s offices for meetings. When the opportunity arose to do some good old-fashioned manual labor outside of the office—with the special bonus of helping others—I jumped at the chance. On April 25, I was lucky enough to […]