Promoting Respect Workshops

Promoting Respect Workshops (PRW) is GMDC's flagship program which started in March 2005 with sessions in each classroom in grades 7-9 in Mankato area schools.  We now serve K-12 classrooms in Mankato and various outlying communities. 

These researched and evaluated workshops were adopted from the successful Rochester (Minnesota) Diversity Council Prejudice Reduction Workshop curriculum.  We utilized that curriculum for our first ten years (2004-2014). We then embarked on an effort in 2014 to write our own curriculum that better reflects our regional character and uniqueness. This new Greater Mankato Diversity Council Promoting Respect Workshop curriculum officially debuted in the 2015-2016 school year. This new curriculum is age-appropriate, incremental, and research-driven. Each year, we evaluate our curriculum's impact upon the students of Greater Mankato and update the curriculum as the data dictates.

Our 30-50 minute workshops are delivered by trained facilitators who are recruited from all areas of the community.

Each grade program focuses on a specific diversity-related topic as illustrated below:

Female and male facilitators talking to a classStudents engaged in a card activitystudents doing a PRW activity together in a group of 3group of 3 students looking at a workbook together