We have a small four year college in our town that is part of the ND University system. It is traditionally a teachers college, and also has a good business administration department. I was excited to see one of the new business faculty is a native of Bangladesh, and brings a family history of an uncle who is the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate who created the Grameen Bank, which provides small loans for people in Bangladesh to start their own businesses. The nephew brings the same sort of social responsibility to his class room, and I am really glad we have in increasingly diverse community. His philosophy is that you create business to solve social problems, unlike traditional businesses which are exclusively profit-oriented.
Every summer we have an ethnic heritage festival in which the Germans from Russia, Norwegians, Ukrainians, and Dutch groups have food booths and displays of traditional dress and crafts. The Mexican Americans have now joined the festival, and this year the local Rwandan community featured a traditional dance group.
I am happy to report that everyone in town seems to be getting along for the most part, and I am glad that we have new community members who aren’t like the majority of white mid-westerners.
Who would you like to see move into your neighborhood?