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"Society is Unity in Diversity" - George M. Mead
"Importance of diversity within the umbrella of unity" – Professor Shelton Gunaratne
In 1993, Fargo - Moorhead metro area leaders held several forums to identify community issues needing urgent attention. The community prioritized on the need to embrace its increasing ethnic diversity and assist diverse populations in overcoming barriers to community participation. Leaders wanted to ameliorate intolerance of all kinds, increase understanding of the value of diversity, and develop a permanent system-wide framework aimed at celebrating the ever increasing cultures of the community.
A project development team was formed to develop the mission and long term goals; to involve key stakeholders in the community; and to seek funding for the project. Consequently, a Cultural Diversity Project was established in 1994 with three year $400,000 grant from Pew Charitable Trust with local matching funds of $100,000 from:
- City of Fargo
- City of West Fargo
- City of Moorhead
- City of Dilworth
- Cass County
- Clay County
- United Way
- Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation
- American Crystal Sugar Company.
The cultural diversity project was incorporated as Cultural Diversity Resources (CDR) in 1998 as a 501 © 3 tax exempt non-profit organization.
Cultural Diversity Resources, Inc. is a proactive regional diversity initiative to address the challenges and opportunities of increased cultural and ethnic diversity in Cass County, North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota.