Peace is the creation of an environment where all can flourish – Nelson Mandela

The murder of George Floyd and its aftermath continue to alter our world. The second of two programs developed in response to Floyd’s murder, Welcoming Neighborhoods, will be presented October 21.

An exceptional and diverse panel has been assembled for an exploration of the role of each individual in sustaining a welcoming neighbor in a polarized climate. The panelists will address the varied responses when neighbors of differing backgrounds join our immediate neighborhoods and communities. What happens when neighbors are not welcomed? How do stereotypes and imbedded beliefs affect our interactions? What are practical strategies we can use to become welcoming neighbors? How do we bridge cultural differences to build and sustain strong and vibrant communities?

A question-and-answer session will follow.

Date: October 21, 7-8:30 pm via Zoom

• Tamara Gray, Executive Director, Rabata
• Miriam Itzkowitz, Director Trauma Informed Care Institute, Hamline University
• Marquita Stephens, Director of Education, Policy & Programming, Minneapolis Urban League
• Nelsie Yang, St. Paul City Council Member, Ward 6

Register at or through the Ramsey County Library website.

This event is co-sponsored by LWV of Roseville Area, Do Good Roseville, and Ramsey County Library Roseville.