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Posted on: September 7, 2017


The public is invited to attend a diversity potluck and food drive on Sunday, October 8, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center which is located on 22nd Avenue across from Wal-Mart.

What better way to celebrate the diversity of our growing community than by sharing the foods that remind us of our homes near and far? The potluck will feature dishes from an array of ethnic and international origins. Dr. Nathan Ziegler will present on his new role as the Director of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Access and new initiatives planned at the University. The evening is an opportunity for members of the Brookings community and the SDSU student body to become acquainted. 

“Besides enjoying delicious food, the diversity potluck is an excellent way to learn about your fellow Brookings residents and their heritage” said Lawrence Novotny, a member of the Brookings Human Rights Commission, the sponsor of the diversity potluck.  

Those attending are asked to bring a food item (hotdish, salad, bread, or dessert) that is representative of their heritage. Table service, chicken, coffee, punch and water will be provided. Additionally, please bring a nonperishable donation for the local food pantry.

The Brookings Human Rights Commission promotes educational activities to make Brookings an inclusive and welcoming community. The mission of the Commission is to improve human relations in the Brookings area by fighting discrimination through education and a complaint resolution procedure. The Commission seeks to protect the rights of and prevent and eliminate bias and discrimination against individuals or groups because of their sex, race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, disability, familial status, national origin, age, marital status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political affiliation, with respect to employment, labor union membership, housing accommodations, property rights, education, public accommodations or public services.

For further information contact City Clerk Shari Thornes at (605) 692-6281 or or

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