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Inclusive Dubuque launches, 'I'm a Dubuquer,' campaign to make all feel welcome

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The group, Inclusive Dubuque, wants to make everyone living in the city feel more welcome by redefining what it means to be a Dubuquer.

They launched a new campaign, called, 'I'm a Dubuquer,' in hopes of bringing new meaning to the word, Dubuquer.

It features a video with people from different backgrounds, some born in the city, and some elsewhere like Ose Akinlotan. "I am from Maryland, right outside Washington D.C., so I'm used to a larger city, so it was kind of a culture shock coming to Dubuque," she said.

What is it about the word, Dubuquer?

"Many people will say the first question that they're asked is how long have you lived here?" said Katrina Farren-Eller, network coordinator with Inclusive Dubuque. "Have your parents lived here? What's your history in Dubuque? And so it makes people who are new in the community feel a little bit like outsiders,"

For Ose, the answer is just two years.

"Aesthetically, I'm different, so I am an outsider, however, there were multiple people here in Dubuque, that made me feel warm and welcome, and more of a Dubuquer, and that's what progressed my integration within the Dubuque culture,"  she said.

The campaign also has a website featuring profile stories of the people in the campaign.

For more information, visit: http://imadubuquer.com/

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