National community leadership training coming to Hastings

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Gladys Godinez, community organizing associate,, 402.318.3689; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager,, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

HASTINGS, NEBRASKA – Community leaders are invited to a free training focusing on community building, sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs, Civity, YWCA Adams County, and the Hastings Multicultural Association.

“Civity: Supporting Connection & Conversation Across Differences” is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, at the YWCA at 2525 W. Second St., Suite 110, in Hastings, Nebraska.

“This training is to build social muscle through creating and deepening relationships not only within our groups, but also across divides,” said Gladys Godinez, community organizing associate with the Center for Rural Affairs. “Join with others doing this critical work in Hastings and receive training from a nationally-recognized organization which has selected Hastings as a pilot city.”

The Center for Rural Affairs and Civity will lead the training. Civity is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that works on a national initiative to support leaders to build relationships across divides of race, class, culture, religion, and politics.

Training topics include how to deepen conversations, story-telling and story-listening, putting differences on the table, and folding in conversation across difference in community gatherings.

Lunch is provided. To RSVP, call 402.462.8821 or email