Rural Community Inclusion

Community inclusion is about bringing people together, learning from each other, and enriching our communities through our collective differences. We accomplish this by identifying and creating opportunities to bring more awareness and engagement across cultural divides throughout rural Nebraska.

What kinds of support and training are available for rural communities?

Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

The IDI is a personal development tool focussed on increasing the intercultural competency of participants through a series of activities of self-reflection and intentional growth. By developing their intercultural competency, participants will be able to more effectively communicate, cooperate, and engage with individuals and cultures different from their own experiences. This tool is personalized and flexible to accommodate learning styles, individual experiences, and differing world views on an individual basis. The IDI is also dynamic enough to be applied to entire groups, measuring and analyzing how a group functions in regard to difference and illustrating strengths as well as potential blind spots relating to navigating cultural differences.

Community and organizational workshops

We provide a variety of engaging workshops for communities and organizations seeking to embrace a culture of welcoming and inclusion. This is accomplished through strategies such as: confronting and identifying our own implicit biases and how they impact our decision making, engaging with people across differences, civil discourse, and how to deepen and enrich communication skills. We also provide these same trainings in a train-the-trainer format.

  • Confronting bias
    • Learning to identify our own implicit biases.
    • How our biases affect our decision making.
    • Identifying bias on the structural level.
  • Using the Civity Method
    • Learning to engage in deeper conversation across difference with empathy, respect, and civility.
    • Transitioning from an “Us and Them” mindset to an inclusive “Us” mindset.
    • When people have the sense that we are in this together—when they feel confident reaching out to and connecting with others—differences become springboards rather than barriers.
  • Train the trainer
    • Want to bring one of the above trainings to your workplace, group, or community? We will provide you with the materials, information, technical assistance, and process for delivering these eye-opening workshops on your own.
    • We encourage communities to find collaborative partners to provide additional opportunities, events, and workshops.

Leadership development and programming

We offer foundational curriculum for existing leadership programs for both adults and youth who strive to develop their cultural knowledge and more inclusive leaders. We work with communities to design and meet community-specific needs.

Emergency response planning

Emergencies and crises can happen in communities. Is your community prepared to respond? We provide training to assist your community with responding and supporting community members when emergencies, such as raids, hate crimes or even rumors, leave an imprint of fear and uncertainty on citizens who are either in an unknown status or left behind.  

Watch for community events and workshops at cfra.org/events.

Partners

We collaborate with partners to provide additional opportunities, events, and workshops include:

We assisted in creating a rights and planning guide for those facing deportation or removal with these partners. You can find the guide here.

After responding to a raid in O'Neill, Nebraska, we created this Tip Sheet: Responding to Immigration Raids in Rural Communities. We strive to help all rural communities in the U.S. by sharing this tip sheet and it is our hope it alleviates some work if a rural community is affected by a raid in the future.

 

Rural Community Inclusion Notes

 

Tip Sheet: Responding to Immigration Raids in Rural Communities

Recently, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations department conducted various raids affecting thousands of undocumented immigrants in rural America. On Aug. 8, 2018, Homeland Security Investigations conducted a raid in north central Nebraska. The town most affected—O’Neill, Nebraska, has a population of approximately 3,635, and is three hours away from the closest metropolitan city, Lincoln, Nebraska. The Center for Rural Affairs was able to help in response to the raid and, in turn, developed this tip sheet for rural communities that may be affected in the future.

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Center for Rural Affairs January and February newsletter

This edition of our newsletter focuses on genuine OPPORTUNITY for all to earn a living, raise a family, and prosper in a rural place.

Brian writes about current opportunities that may be slipping away from rural citizens. As they stand at the time of print, both tax bills in Congress benefit the wealthy and large corporations, while doing little for everyday people and small town development.

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“Faces of Hastings” exhibit: diversity in a rural Nebraska community

Rural Nebraska, home to many diverse people, is now being showcased in a new book created by students and faculty at Hastings College.

Dr. Jessica Henry, professor of communication studies and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, brought the idea to students and staff. An idea that was inspired by “Faces of Change,” from Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, where the library director saw changes in demographics in his town and wanted to build a bridge between cultures.

Visions of fresh Mexican bread are now a reality

Liz Flores had a vision, a dream in a sense, to one day start her own bakery. A place where the smell and taste of fresh Mexican bread and rich, hot coffee would summon people of all walks.

After spending years in bakeries and gaining valuable business experience, Liz left Denver’s big city life in her rear view mirror and relocated to Scottsbluff, Nebraska.