Beginning in November of 2016, a group of community leaders and citizens, including representatives from the City and the school district, have been engaged in dialog to understand the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in Hastings. Periodic discussions presented ever growing and changing statistics, a broadening understanding of diversity, and conversations with a variety of residents to understand personal experiences, concerns, needs, and aspirations for the Hastings community.
Community leaders are now working to expand the conversation and facilitate community-wide learning opportunities in order to embrace cultural differences and commonalities throughout the city. A partnership with the YMCA Equity Innovation Center has been approved for funding and will begin work in September 2018.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Meeting - Thursday, August 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
All interested residents, community groups or business representatives are invited to participate in continued dialog, learning, and event planning related to the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion in Hastings. All voices and viewpoints are encouraged to join in the conversation. Please contact Lee Stoffel, Kari Gorr, or Derrick Jaeger with questions. To be notified of upcoming meetings, please register at the form at the bottom of the page.
Training Event: Bridging Cultural Differences - September 20th & 27th
We are each unique individuals that have been shaped by experiences, giftedness, abilities and cultural dimensions. It is easy to take a default view of each other that builds walls around our differences versus building bridges to understand. Using timeless researched resources like the Diversity Wheel and Dimensions of Culture, we will explore what makes each of us unique and embrace the community around us. This training will be led by the YMCA Equity Innovation Center.
This is a two-part training that will be held from 6-9 p.m. Signup details will be coming soon.
Community and Initiative Information
City and School Board Joint Proclamation April 29, 2018
Below is the raw, unedited data collected at table conversations on April 29th:
Raw data, Community Feedback, Question1: What would a welcoming community look like?
Raw data, Community Feedback, Question 2: What will you do to make Hastings a welcoming community?
Below is the same information, coded and organized into themes:
Coded Community Feedback, Question 1: What would a welcoming community look like?
Coded Community Feedback, Question 2: What will you do to make Hastings a welcoming community?
2017 Hastings Community Survey (National Citizen Survey Livability Report)
Register to Stay Informed
Future training opportunities, events, and learning opportunities will be offered. To stay informed on future opportunities, please fill out an interest form below. There are separate forms for residents and members of a business or community group.
Community Member Training Interest Form
Are you interested in participating in future training and learning opportunities on equity and inclusion? Please fill out this interest form to be contacted when new opportunities are available:
Business and Community Group Leadership Training Interest Form
Is your Hastings area business or community group interested in participating in leadership training on equity and inclusion? Please fill out this interest form to be contacted when new opportunities are available: