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 […]

Inclusive Dubuque ramping up efforts

BY: THOMAS J. BARTON From poverty simulations to a response plan to future hate crimes, efforts to make Dubuque more equitable and welcoming have started to ramp up. Disturbed by the tenor in this year’s presidential election and reports of post-election bullying and harassment, Inclusive Dubuque network partners have seen growing support for the communitywide […]

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 […]