Growing pains: How one southern Minnesota city is taking steps to address diversity, inclusion

February 16, 2021 ☼ minnesotadiversity

Source: MPR News - Link

After a challenging year in which it grappled with acts of racism, tough conversations and a reckoning on what it can be moving forward, the small southwestern Minnesota city of Marshall is building a new committee that city leaders hope will help bridge divisions and address inequities in their community.

Marshall has grown over the past two decades to a city of more than 13,000 people, with an increasingly diverse population. And as the city’s demographics change, so has its identity.

Now, as part of the city’s strategic plan, Marshall has formed a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission. Its goal: To launch tough conversations, so that, eventually, the city becomes a more welcoming place for all of its residents.

It can’t hurt to try.