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Recent posts by Gladys Godinez

Home is here

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, home is in Nebraska to more than 2,980 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

The Center for Rural Affairs believes in genuine opportunity for all to earn a living, raise a family, and prosper in a rural place. This opportunity would not be possible for our hard working neighbors, students, teachers, doctors, and individuals who are DACA recipients if the program were to end.

Festivals can bring a community together

Let’s celebrate our rural communities with intention. The Center for Rural Affairs helps communities learn and engage in an intentional way to make long lasting connections across cultures.

One way to celebrate our small towns is to support cultural festivals in rural communities. Festivals teach us something new about our neighbors, strengthen our relationships, and foster community pride by bringing people together from all walks of life.

“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.

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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