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Diversity Council Mission Vision Goals

Our Mission

To educate people to embrace diversity as a foundation for building a healthy, inclusive and prosperous community.


Our Vision

An inclusive and welcoming community in which every individual is respected.


Our Goals

Global: An equitable and inclusive community, where all individuals are empowered, conscientious, and courageous.

Civic Equity: Civic Equity is the realization of a society where all individuals receive equitable access to resources, protections, and opportunities. Each person enjoys: (a) equal treatment under law, both through law enforcement and the judicial system; (b) equitable access to and
representation in the political process; and (c) equal opportunity to engage in the design of and benefit from inclusive public policy.

Educational Equity: Educational equity exists when all individuals are fully prepared for the roles of their choice, regardless of personal or social circumstances. Educational equity requires systems of support that result in full access to opportunities that lead to personal growth.

Health Equity: Health equity is the attainment of the highest level of wellbeing for all individuals, regardless of personal or social determinants of health. Health equity requires the social, economic, and environmental conditions that result in full access to opportunities that lead to healthy lives.


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Video production partnership between RNeighbors, the Rochester Neighborhood Resource Center and Mayor Norton’s office. (March 31, 2020)

 A video production partnership between RNeighbors, the Rochester Neighborhood Resource Center and Mayor Norton’s office.

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Important Update on Applying for Unemployment Insurance Benefits (March 30, 2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota's Unemployment Insurance team members are processing more applications for unemployment benefits than ever before. It is our top priority to process applications efficiently and effectively, and to ensure that we can deliver for Minnesotans in this time of need.

To ensure our system can handle the increased activity we are experiencing, we are asking that *new* unemployment insurance applicants apply online on an assigned day, based on your social security number (SSN).

If you need to apply for unemployment benefits for the first time, please refer to the schedule below to learn when you are scheduled to apply. You will only be allowed to apply on your assigned day - or on Thursday or Friday if you missed your assigned day.

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Family Service Rochester implements COVID-19 Grocery Shopping Service (March 27, 2020)

Family Service Rochester implements COVID-19 Grocery Shopping Service

Olmsted County residents who are homebound and unable to shop for groceries can contact Family Service Rochester for help. FSR will match requests with a volunteer to assist with shopping.
Requests can be submitted online at familyservicerochester.org or by calling 507-218-3267 between 9 am – 3 pm. All volunteers have background checks and COVID-19 screening for health and
safety.
 
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Rochester-Area Economic Development Inc (RAEDI) Loan News (March 27, 2020)

News forwarded by RAEDI: The State of MN’s Small Business Emergency Loan Program is now accepting applications.

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Governor Tim Walz Press Conference Summary (March 27, 2020)

Governor Tim Walz today joined leaders from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Department of Employment and Economic Development, Department of Education, and the State Emergency Operations Center to answer questions from the press on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DMCC Executive Committee Topics including COVID-19 Handling (March 26, 2020)

2020-03-26 DMCC Executive Committee Meeting materials including discussions on COVID-19 handling. 

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Rochester Community Warming Center (March 26, 2020)

(1) Rochester Community Warming Center relocates to Mayo Civic Center Exhibition Hall effective immediately 

(2) Olmsted County will comply with Governor Walz’s Executive Order directing all Minnesotans to stay at home to help contain the spread of COVID-19 from Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. to Friday, April 10, 2020. This means that Olmsted County residents, and all Minnesotans, should only leave home when absolutely necessary for essential needs and to maintain essential services. This new order follows similar actions from our neighboring state of Wisconsin. 

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Resilient Option - finding strength and connection (March 22, 2020)

Living with angry brains The next few weeks will challenge your emotional and social skills.

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Y Childcare for School Age Children of Essential Workers (March 20, 2020)

Governor Tim Walz Announces Partnership with YMCA to Care for School-Age Children of Essential Workers, Register Links and  Y Message about COVID-19 and mission from Glen Gunderson
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