2012 Champions for Diversity Awards

Since 1994, Cultural Diversity Resources has served as the regional intercultural bridge that strengthens bonds and facilitates understanding among diverse communities.  On Tuesday, October 30, 2012, Cultural Diversity Resources in collaboration with the Tri-Colleges (Concordia College, MSUM, and NDSU) hosted the 2012 Diversity Awards.

The 2012 Diversity Awards banquet was celebrated at the NDSU Memorial Union.  We had the privilege of having Former Fargo Mayor, Bruce Furness, deliver an exceptional key-note: “Local Impact of Globalization: Cities Response.”  After the key-note the banquet proceeded with the Awards Ceremony, which recognized the best practices that supported and encouraged diversity and inclusion in business, education, and community in Fargo-Moorhead for 2012.


We would like to recognize the 2012 Diversity Award Winners:

Business: Hornbacher’s -Brenda Richman, Education Coordinator

As Education Coordinator, Brenda promotes diversity by tailoring training and development to the many needs of the store’s team members.

She also ensures that new associates with specific needs or requests receive translators suited to their individual needs.

Coaching is one of the specific initiatives that Brenda drives.  The Coaching Initiative provides front line leaders with the tools necessary to work with a diverse team in order to create positive results.

Coaching has been a great way to help managers and supervisors ensure effective conversation with employees.

It allows a way to address problems constructively and more importantly it affords team members the opportunity to move towards a positive mutual solution.

Brenda paved the way for Volunteers in Action.  Volunteers in Action is an associate led effort to assist the community in non-profit fund raising.

Brenda helped each store set goals and as a result,  in 2011, Hornbacher’s had the best year by raising more than $78,000 for the United Way Campaign.

Brenda is always looking for a way to make Hornbacher’s a better place to work and shop.


Community: Jefferson’s English Club-Fargo Public Schools

Leaders Aida Laughlin, Alyssa Lindley and Carolyn Monsingo work tirelessly to provide opportunities for students and parents to learn English.

The skills learned by parents through the English Club allow them to become more involved in their child’s learning, day to day interactions in the community and at the workplace.

Aida, Alyssa and Carolyn work year round without monetary compensation preparing lessons, recruiting volunteers and directly teaching as many as 30 Bhutanese adults every Wednesday evening.

They also provide their services directly at the Schools and other locations in the community.

The ELL Department at Fargo Public Schools recognizes The English Club as critical to the advancement and success of its English as a second language students.

Education: Better Together-Concordia College

A student group on the Campus of Concordia College, Better Together recognizes religious diversity as a fact of life and that momentous constructive change can occur in the world when people respond to religious diversity in a positive way.

Many students in religious and non religious traditions have said that Better Together is one of the major places where they feel comfortable and safe on the Concordia Campus.