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Dubuque center helps unite through diversity

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Monday night the Dubuque Safe Community Task Force recommended dozens of ideas. Among the most talked about; a possible juvenile curfew. But there are several others that have already been making a difference. Specifically with a focus on diversity.

Currently all city employees participate in a cultural competency training. The task force is recommending opening that up to the public and local businesses. But the Multicultural Family Center is also doing it's part to help change perception and increase acceptance.

Its only happens once a week. But Tuesday afternoon dozens of kids got to play with this Nintendo Wii inside the Dubuque Multicultural Family Center. Its just one of many activities here that strive to bring people together.

"By coming here everybody's sort of meeting in a central location and they're able to intermix and talk to each other and learn more about each other," Assistant Director Maddy Carney said.

Carney said they've seen an increase in visitors over the last year. Many striving to learn more about other cultures and teach young people to do the same.

"We try to focus on prevention, especially with the young," Carney said.

And it's one way to help combat crime issues in Dubuque. If people begin to understand more about their differences, then they'll begin to see them differently.

"I would say that perception does become reality because what people think is what people actually believe," Carney said.

While the center works primarily with children, they're are programs here for adults. And either way, Carney said they're making a difference one person at a time.

"We have an opportunity to interact with all different cultures and then we take what we can learn from them and tell others that come in," Carney said.

The Multicultural Family Center has a lot of families all walks of life. From all over the world. Carney said if the city takes the recommendations from the task force, the cultural competency training will fit right in with the mission and goals of the center.

As for the curfew, she said they work with kids everyday, in hopes to prevent crime.

If you'd like to support the Multicultural Family Center they're hosting their Annual Summer Street Jam in Clock Town Plaza on August 6th. The event includes live music, poetry, a bean bag tournament and several other games and activities. It all starts at 1:00 PM and goes until 9:00 PM.

For more information visit www.Mfcdbq.Com

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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