LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - On Thursday, about 100 community members gathered for the Diversity Summit at Ivy Tech. The summit's focus was to help improve diversity in Greater Lafayette from "Good to Great."
"Good to Great" was a report put together by Rebecca Ryan, owner of Next Generation Consulting, to make the community a great place to live for all people. Ryan bench-marked Greater Lafayette against several different communities.
"This year we wanted to take a special look based on the quality of life survey that was taken in the Community of Choice effort in our community, to focus on the goal that Lafayette is a great place for all people," said Mike Piggott, Director of Community Relations at Purdue University.
Dr. Gloria Thomas, Director of the Center for Education of Women in Ann Arbor, Mich., was the summit's keynote speaker. She detailed how Ann Arbor has been a model city that Lafayette can replicate.
"(It is) a city where a lot of work has been (done) over the past decades with respect to equity and diversity," said Thomas.
Thomas said Ann Arbor has created opportunities, and has an abundance of diverse cultural events.
"Music and art activities that she said, are across the board available and accessible to everyone," said Jos Holman, County Librarian at the Tippecanoe County Library.
During the summit, other topics discussed were integrating Purdue's large international population into Greater Lafayette, retaining young professionals and enhancing involvement in the Latino community. Ivy Tech Executive Director for Diversity Engagement in International Programs, Andrew Antonio said the Latino community has grown in Lafayette.
"We've seen that same proportional increase in numbers in our enrollment in Latino youth," said Antonio.
"There still are cultures and races that are clearly identified and our a part of our culture," said Holman.
"Have a better experience interacting with each other, so that the people that are here internationally feel more included," said Barbara Clark, Co-Facilitator, Diversity Roundtable.
"What can we do and how can we make an impact on our town because it's a wonderful place, we want it to be a great place for all people," said Piggott
The Diversity Summit has taken place every two years. It was started 12 years ago.
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