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Yellow Bird: Through diversity comes unity
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2003

"Is the purpose of diversity training helpful to those exposed, or can those ideas be detrimental in uniting a nation? A recent Minnesota Public Radio survey found that 83 percent of listeners found diversity among the population a good aspect of society - that was good to hear, because I agree. Understanding the cultural lifestyles of the people in our community usually brings about a more peaceful and sensitive society. One of the arguments against efforts to teach diversity is that it weakens and fragments the united "all-for-one" notion that has helped make America the most powerful nation in the world. We are Americans, after all is said and done. Wednesday, I was involved in a program that rebuts that notion. The program in Grand Forks Central High School is called "Expand Your Horizons" and is funded by the Knight Foundation. The purpose is to expose high school students to the diverse cultures in the community. It is an after-school program, with a little incentive such as school credits for students, if they want to learn about diversity."

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DORREEN YELLOW BIRD COLUMN: Diversity strengthens our unity (The Grand Forks Herald 2/1)

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