Why Are Circles Needed?
Issues of race, ethnicity and racism are a focus of increasing attention in our community. Between 1990 and 2000, Brown County's population grew almost 17%. This rapid growth included a substantial increase in racially and ethnically diverse individuals. The racial/ethnic population increase, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, was 161% for blacks, 24% for American Indians, 98% for Asians and 470% for Hispanics. As in many communities nationwide, the changing face of Brown County's population has led to challenges , as well as opportunities.
Brown County Diversity Circles: A New Response
Diversity Circles is a new effort, designed to build a stronger community by involving residents in small-group discussions of how immigration issues touch our daily lives.