The City of Rochester officially became the first American city to become an Intercultural City (ICC) at a ceremony held at the City Hall on June 13, 2018. The Mayor and City Council took the first step when they approved the cities participation at its April 3, 2018 Council meeting.
ICC was started by the Council of Europe and includes over 100 cities in and outside of Europe. Cities participating in the Intercultural cities programme undergo expert and peer reviews of their policies, governance and practice.As the first American city to become an Intercultural City, Rochester MN will be completing an index questionnaire with collaborative effort with community organizations, the city and others to establish our baseline. We will also use the information to determine where we should focus our efforts to improve and how we compare to other cities. It is not meant to be a competition, rather a supportive network. As America’s first ICC city, it will be important we set the standard for other cities to follow.
There is a wealth of information on the Council of Europe’s website to learn more…here are a few quick links:
Lastly, below are a few links to local news coverage as one more way to learn/hear how this will be important for our future: