The 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 and community events. 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, Perspectives Business training, multicultural events, and more.
GMDC is a nonprofit 501(c)3 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 our differences.
Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.”
The Greater Mankato Diversity Council has existed since November 2004, as a result of the efforts of a 23-member planning team that announced the the GMDC's formation in June 2004. A Board of Directors governs the organization and represents governmental units, businesses, academic institutions, and organizations. Any individual or organization can be part of the general membership and contribute to its mission.
Organizational collaboration and support for establishing the GMDC involved government, education, business and community-based organizations, including Blue Earth County, Nicollet County, the North Mankato and Mankato City Councils, Mankato Area Public Schools, Loyola Catholic Schools, Minnesota State University, South Central College, Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., the Mankato Area Foundation, the Greater Mankato United Way and its agencies, and more than 25 corporate sponsors.
GMDC partners with organizations and individuals to remove barriers to participation, promote the benefits of diversity, and celebrate our vibrant communities.
No one does big things by themselves... We're going to have to do it together. So be alive to one another's struggles. Stand up for one another's rights. Leave behind all the old ways of thinking that divide us."