• Bukata Hayes speaking at Monroe Elementary
  • Diverse group enjoying wonderful food beautifully presented
  • young people doing a prejudice reduction workshop, reading a book
  • Community Awards presentation
  • Prejudice Reduction Workshop training

Greater Mankato Diversity Council

The Greater Mankato Diversity Council (GMDC) exists to enhance the Mankato area’s commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming community through diversity education. GMDC strives to give people an understanding of diversity and build their cultural competence through prejudice reduction workshops, multi-cultural activities, diversity events and more.

GMDC is a non-profit organization that actively affirms and promotes the full participation of all. GMDC is not an advocate for any particular group or individual. It serves as a resource to all and emphasizes respecting differences.

31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration

Monday, January 19, 2015

CSU Ballroom, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Please join us!  

Martin Luther King Jr Celebration Event Schedule:

5:30pm: Social 

6:15pm: Welcome

6:20pm: Presentaton of Pathfinder Awards

6:35pm: Entertainment

6:50pm: Presentation by Dr. Rev. Jaime Washington; 50 years of the Civil Rights Act: How are we doing?

7:15pm: Closing Remarks


Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at the following locations:


Minnesota State University, Mankato, Institutional Diversity Office

Wigley Administration Center, Room 228

Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.

1961 Premier Drive, Suite 100, Mankato

South Central College Bookstore

1920 Lee Boulevard, North Mankato

Coffee Hag

329 N. Riverfront Dr., Mankato

Greater Mankato Diversity Council

10 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato


MLK Event Sponsors: Pay your sponsorship below. Thank you for your support of this great community


Congratulations to  Bukata Hayes for winning a Facing Race Honorable Mention Ambassador Award!

As a part of his story, Bukata states:

"Knowing that my four kids will eventually see and experience a different world because of my efforts and the efforts of others is my greatest reward. This reward is knowingly anticipated with the premise that I may not, physically, see this 'different world' with my own eyes. I am at peace with that premise."

                                         For the FULL story, after clicking on the above link, click on Bukata's name. 

 Diversity in Action:

Greater Mankato's Critical Asset

GMDC Annual Luncheon

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Verizon Wireless Center 

We encourage you to share this event with friends and colleagues. 

Table of Four: $130

Table of Eight: $260

Individual Reservation: $35 

Registration Options:

1) online through our Paypal link, or

Online Annual Event Registration

 2) send a check to: Greater Mankato Diversity Council, P.O. Box 166, Mankato, MN 56002-0166; or

3) request an invoice for payment at kjensen@mankatodiversity.org  

We look forward to seeing you there!