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Dubuque Council for Diversity. The Dubuque Council for Diversity was a community organization to improve the racial climate in the city and was the successor of the controversial Constructive Integration Task Force whose plan to encourage one hundred minority families to move to Dubuque over a five-year period caused incidents which received negative national attention. (1)

In early 1992 a not-for-profit corporation was formed to help administer the council's objectives. In June office space was leased in the Fischer Arcade and an office was being remodeled for the first executive director. (2)

The Council's Executive Director was Janima Harris. Holding a law degree and with experience as a case manager for the Nebraska Department of Social Services, Harris had additional positive experience. She had worked as an investigator for the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission. (3)

Members of the board of directors were J. Bruce MERIWETHER, chairman; Claudette Carter-Thomas, vice chairwoman; John J. AGRIA, Juliet Elu, Steve Felsted, Francis GIUNTA, Jack Hanson, Doug Henry, Ernest Jackson, K. Bruce Lauritsen, Julie Mason-McMahon, Martha Milcarek, Jane Mylrea, Emil "Mike" Stackis, Rev. Winston Persaud, Ruby SUTTON, Robert C. WAHLERT, and Msgr. David Wheeler. (4)

The Council's plan for 1995 to 1997 called for establishing a databank for employers looking for minority employees, a partnership with the Atlanta Institute of Managed Diversity, education, training, and mediation services. (5)



1. Krapfl, Mike. "Diversity Council Top Goal: Educate," Telegraph Herald, January 3, 1995, p. 1A

2. Arnold, Bill. "Diversity Council Expects Exec. Soon," Telegraph Herald, June 19, 1992, p. 1

3. Krapfl, Mike," Diversity Goal: "No Us, No Them," Telegraph Herald, October 23, 1994, p. 43

4. Krapfl

5. Ibid.