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Diversity Council

The Diversity Council educates people to embrace diversity as a foundation for building a healthy, inclusive, and prosperous community.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 8/22/2012
1130 1/2 7th Street N.W., Suite 204
Rochester, MN 55901
Phone: (507)282-9951
Fax: (507)282-9964
EIN 41-1709139
Principal Staff Kay Hocker, Executive Director
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 5.5
Tags / Keywords Civil Rights/Advocacy
General Information
Board Chair Charlie Moore
Number of Board Members 15
Board meetings with quorum 12
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 11.92
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Becoming the Solution: We help employees of businesses, governments, and organizations recognize how bias and lack of cultural understanding affect the workplace and give them tools to manage human difference and optimize diverse assets and perspectives. In the last year, we trained 1,015 individuals. 80.9% indicated our program increased their knowledge about diversity and inclusion. 82.9% indicated they learned new skills and techniques to increase inclusion in the workplace. 85.1% indicated they learned ways to interact more effectively with others. Efficacy Parent Training: We partner with Rochester Public Schools to close the academic achievement gap. Efficacy training changes parents' mindsets about their students' ability to learn and teaches techniques that help parents support student learning. In the 2011-12 school year 660 parents attended training, impacting the following student populations: White, 50%; Asian, 18%; Hispanic, 18%; and Black, 13%. On a scale of 1-10, parents rated the quality of the workshop and its value to them at 8.4 and the utility of the workshop in providing information and skills they can use at 8.6. Spark! Workshops: We facilitate workshops that teach students in grades K-12 to value human difference, recognize bias in their own attitudes, build skills to oppose discrimination and bullying, and create an environment of respect and inclusion. In 2012 we reached 14,257 students in 32 area schools. 67% of the grade levels met our learning targets. 92% of elementary teachers and 98% of middle school teachers would recommend our curriculum to a colleague.
Current Goals
1. Redesign outcome evaluation model and process for the Spark! program. 2. Complete development of Becoming the Solution curriculum. 3. Develop and launch a community inclusion campaign in partnership with the Mayor's office.
Community or Constituency Served
We serve the entire community, since everyone can learn more about others, eliminate bias in their thinking, and practice more inclusive and welcoming behavior.
Geographic Area Served
We serve primarily the community of Rochester, but also reach out to communities in Southeast Minnesota and, occasionally, the State of Minnesota.
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $289,132 78.7%
Management: $33,890 9.2%
Fundraising: $44,248 12%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2011 2010 2009
End of Year: $130,641 $208,368 $192,088
Beginning of Year $208,368 $192,088 $177,053
Difference ($77,727) $16,280 $15,035
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $130,641
Based on information provided on 2009 to 2011
From the Charity We appreciate the opportunity to both ensure that our operations are in alignment with best practices and demonstrate our commitment to transparency and accountability to our donors.
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