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Diversity Council to kick off its 2004 membership drive

From staff reports

The Diversity Council in Rochester will kick off its 2004 membership campaign Friday with a rally at 4 p.m. at the Government Center.

Rochester business and community leaders will join officials from the city, Olmsted County and the Rochester school district at the event in support of the Diversity Council and its mission of an inclusive and welcoming community.

The membership campaign will run from April 1 to May 21. Goals for the campaign include raising $75,000 from local organizational giving and doubling the number of individual members.

Keri Smith, 2004 development chairwoman, will lead volunteers during the campaign as they ask organizations to contribute to the Diversity Council.

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The money raised will help reach 15,000 students through Prejudice Reduction Workshops in Rochester and expand to other schools in Olmsted County, including Byron and Stewartville, as well as private schools.

Another goal for the Diversity Council in 2004 is to expand adult education programs into higher education, early childhood education and special populations such as the Adult Detention Center.

Membership details are available on www.diversitycouncil.org. For more information about the Diversity Council and its mission, call Kristin Mannix, associate director, at 282-9951.

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