Community Conversation on the importance of Diversity in our region
Rainy River Community College’s vision, mission, and guiding principles plainly state our support for learners of all backgrounds. The staff, faculty, and students know that this is the cultural hub or the community and therefore feel that it is our mission to host a variety of culturally engaging events. This is why RRCC is proud to host the “Why Treaties Matter” Exhibit and all of the corresponding events.
On April 7th we hosted our Exhibits kickoff and over 50 participants attended. The kickoff was complete with a pipe ceremony, hand drums, a presentation by Jack Kingbird JR. and his son, as well as the RRCC Student Ambassadors serving as tour guides for the exhibit.
April 18th is the date for our Annual Ziigwan International Unity Traditional Powwow and it runs from 10:00am – 8:00pm with dinner at 5:00pm. The Student Ambassadors will be again providing tours of the exhibit during this time and everyone is invited to attend.
Finally, the events wrap up with the, first ever, Community Conversation on Diversity and our Region. The RRCC Diversity Committee chartered a sub-committee and asked a variety of community members to join. We are proud to announce the 17 member subcommittee (attached) that has met on numerous occasions and helped plan the April 20th event. This diverse group was instrumental in bringing the community together and ensuring a successful event
The day will start with Exhibit tours, again being provided by the RRCC Student Ambassadors, and a book signing by Henry Boucha from 4:00pm – 5:30pm in the College Library. At 6:00pm the event will kick off with Henry Boucha serving as the keynote speaker. Topics will include but not limited to discussing the role that his community had on his success, also the cultural struggles and the impact that community has on a young person’s development. Immediately following his address the participants will take part in facilitated small group discussions beginning at 6:45. Refreshments will be included and everyone is invited to attend.
|Susan Nordquist Co-Chair||RRCC Communications Faculty|
|Hoa Sobczynski||Backus Community Center, Business Manager|
|Kevin Grover||I.S.D. 361, Superintendent|
|Mike Musich||International Falls Police Department, Chief of Police|
|Austin Ruport||RRCC Student|
|LeeAnn Meer||Friends Against Abuse, Executive Director|
|Stephanie Turban||RRCC Housing Director and Academic Advisor|
|Irv Arnquist||First Lutheran Church, Pastor|
|Cynthia Jaksa||International Falls City Councilor|
|Stephen Briggs||RRCC Indigenous Studies Faculty|
|Michael Wellcome||Rainer Citizen and Voyage Forward Representative|
|Beth Shermoen||I.S.D. 361 Assistant Principal/Athletic Director|
|Kristofer Babler||RRCC Faculty/Men’s Basketball Coach|
|Takudzwanashe Biti||RRCC Student|
|Doug Skrief||Koochiching County Aging Options, Executive Director|
|Brad Krasaway Co-Chair||RRCC Chief Diversity Officer, Director of Student Life and Academic Advising|
|Carol Helland Ex-Officio||RRCC Campus Provost|