• Bukata Hayes speaking at Monroe Elementary
  • 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. Our mission is to provide diversity education as a catalyst for social and economic success. GMDC strives to give people an understanding of diversity and build their cultural competence through Promoting Respect Workshops, multi-cultural activities, diversity events and more.

GMDC's mission is providing diversity education as a catalyst for social and economic success. Three supporting statements focus our mission work within our community. Those three supporting statements are: Global - Preparing our communities for increased global presence and awareness.; Inclusive - Creating an open and safe learning environment in our schools for all students.; Vibrant - Partnering with businesses and industry to create workforce that ensures a healthy economy.

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.

"One Thousand Peace Cranes"

:Promoting Peace and Unity  

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Origami Project from GMDC


 In the Japanese culture, the crane is a symbol of longevity which can only be achieved through peace. Therefore it has become a tradition in Japan to fold one thousand origami cranes and hang them together (as one sculptural unit/mobile  called 千羽鶴 Senbazuru  in Japanese) to symbolize peace, unity, health and happiness. People from all over the world have folded millions of paper cranes which are currently displayed in the Hiroshima Peace Park at the location where the first atomic bomb was dropped. This park is dedicated to promoting everlasting peace. 


We want to promote respect, tolerance and everlasting peace by inviting everyone in the Mankato area to fold paper cranes in order to create many "one thousand peace cranes sculptures" (Senbazuru) to spread throughout our community thus declaring the Greater Mankato area is united for peace.


 This project was featured in the Mankato Free Press.





2019 MLK Pathfinder Nomination Form  

Complete a nomination form and return it by November 20 to:


Bridget Norland

Greater Mankato Growth 




Judy Arzdorf




This event is organized by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Board.


Greater Mankato Pathfinder Award Nomination Form

The Pathfinder Award honors individuals, organizations or businesses who, in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., are initiators or action takers in the struggle for equal treatment, human rights and non-violence. The Pathfinder Award Committee of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Board may contact the nominee, nominator, or others to obtain additional information if necessary. 


All information included in this nomination or obtained at a later date, may be used for promotion of this award. 


Nominees must be located in Greater Mankato (Mankato-North Mankato or a surrounding community). 


Self-nominations will not be accepted. 

There are no time limits or restrictions for the program(s) or event(s) in which you are basing your nomination from. They can be recent programs, legacy programs, recurring/annual events or one-time events.



November 20, 2018