Diversity

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... April 17, 2017 Show 073 Hour 1

We begin the hour with a conversation with Superintendent Brian Maher of the Sioux Falls School District. We'll talk about efforts the district is making to increase diversity in teaching staff district wide.

Erika Oppenheimer is a college test prep coach and author of "Acing It! A Mindful Guide to Maximum Results on Your College Admissions Test." We talk with her about the second edition of her book and her Test Prep for the Whole Person methodology. 

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As educators incorporate best practices, utilize new projects in certain subjects, and incorporate innovative techniques into their lessons, one constant remains: you can’t teach students who don’t attend. Truancy is an evolving issue in South Dakota’s schools. State lawmakers are working to pass legislation to change state law regarding penalties for being out of school, and school leaders are using every tool they can find to convince kids to class.

Daugaard Says He Will Veto Transgender Locker Room Bill

Jan 26, 2017
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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says as it’s currently written, he will veto the transgender locker room bill if it reaches his desk.
 
Senate Bill 115 defines a person’s sex based on anatomy. It states that locker rooms, showers and changing facilities in public schools, shall be for use by persons of only the same sex.
 
The bill also states school districts can provide accommodations for transgender students.
 

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Participants in the Women's March in Sioux Falls have different reasons for demonstrating. Some say it's political; others say the gathering was not about how a person votes. Others say they gain inspiration from being around people who stand up for women's rights, gay rights, Native American rights, and more. In this discussion, SDPB's Kealey Bultena talks with In The Moment's Lori Walsh.

Ellen McGirt is an award winning long-form journalist who also covers race, culture and leadership for Fortune. Her reporting has taken her inside the C-Suites of Facebook, Nike, Twitter, Intel, and Cisco; to the campaign trail with Barack Obama; to Lagos, Nigeria in search of tech entrepreneurs.

Rapid City Police Work To Increase Force Diversity

Apr 18, 2016

In Rapid City the police force is made up primarily of Caucasian men. Police officials want the force to better reflect the diversity in the community.

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Each legislative session, some major issues seem to take the spotlight in Pierre – and education is dominating this year’s conversation. Much of SDPB’s coverage relates to funding schools and teachers, because lawmakers are trying to find ways to fairly and adequately fund education. Despite a goal to provide the same opportunity for all kids by doling out the matching funding for students, children walk into classes facing a wide range of challenges. A visit to one Sioux Falls school reveals some of those differences.

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Sioux Falls leaders are launching an initiative called Compassionate Sioux Falls. It aims to engage community members and promote inclusion. The effort starts with a document adopted by hundreds of cities around the country, and local advocates are working to encourage people in Sioux Falls to operate on its principles.

Compassionate Sioux Falls organizers are encouraging people to engage with others who may be different. Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether says relations can become tense.

Refugees And Immigrants Bring Diversity To Huron

Nov 30, 2015

Huron has a population of about 13,000. But it contains the diversity you might expect in a larger city. Almost 40 percent of students in the school system were in an English Language Acquisition program at some point.  Many are Karen refugees from Burma and Thailand.

 

Huron Mayor Paul Aylward says the city went through some tough times. Packing plants shut down, the town lost its university, and the population was declining. Eventually a turkey processing plant opened. To fill the jobs, leaders started recruiting Karen refugees who were living in the Twin Cities.

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A woman who survived the Boston Marathon bombing says people with disabilities deserve respect and opportunity. She is one speaker during this week’s Disabilities Rights Conference in Sioux Falls. The gathering is aimed at health workers, business leaders, educators and officials to raise awareness and remind people of their role in protecting the rights of people with disabilities.

Before April 15, 2013 Heather Abbott was a full-time human resources manager who specialized in affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.

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Black Hills State University has the largest proportion of Native American students in South Dakota's state universities.  But BHSU President, Dr. Tom Jackson, says efforts to increase the diversity of students in higher education are still needed. 

Jackson discussed the topic with SDPB's Charles Michael Ray. 

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A coalition of Sioux Falls area leaders is setting priorities for workforce. Business, education, government, and community stakeholders are applying national and local economic data to develop a plan for sustainability. 

Forward Sioux Falls and a company called Market Street services collected data for six months. The information spans across platforms: innovation, economic performance, workforce capacity, quality of life, business environment, labor market, public education, technical programs and higher ed.

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Preschool teachers in Sioux Falls are learning about a program that helps students recognize gender differences and build relationships. It’s called the Sanford Harmony Program, and its champion says it started when he read the famous book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. Tuesday the project’s namesake talks with teachers in Sioux Falls on their first day of Harmony training.

Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau

Vandhana Baireddy is Sioux Falls' first Human Rights Community Coordinator. It's a new position in the city attorney's office. City leaders say the role is important in a city with expanding diversity. Baireddy started the job earlier this month and says she'll target outreach to the diverse, underserved and vulnerable  populations in the city.

Sioux Falls has a new position in the city attorney’s office. It’s the Human Rights Community Coordinator. City leaders say the role is important in a city with expanding diversity. 

The first ever Human Rights Community Coordinator for the City of Sioux Falls is Vandhana Baireddy, and she’s uniquely qualified for a job that includes outreach to members of multiple ethnicities and communities.

Ant Diversity And Reconstructed Grasslands

Aug 9, 2013

Entomologist Paul J. Johnson of biology and microbiology and his graduate student, Laura Winkler, are looking at ant diversity to evaluate the health of reconstructed grasslands. They are comparing prairie remnants in the same region with areas that had previously been cropland or pasture but have now been restored to native grasslands for anywhere from one to four years. They refer to ants as "ecosystem engineers." They expect that ant populations will be more diverse in those areas which have been restored for the longest time.

City of Sioux Falls

You’ve heard about the boom towns sprouting up in North Dakota, but a prairie city to the south of the oil fields is drawing thousands of people without the promise of black gold. Sioux Falls thrived through the recession, even as other major metro areas across the county crumbled financially. Now the city is getting national recognition for its strong, rapid growth.

Sioux Falls' Hispanic/Latino Community

May 15, 2013

Juan Bonilla, president of LaVoz Hispana TV and chair of the Sioux Falls Diversity Council, discussed the current Hispanic/Latino population in the Sioux Falls area in the second part of a two-part series on this year's Dakota Conference on the Spanish Northern Plains.  Bonilla was the keynote speaker at last month's event.