Culture & Diversity event in Woodbury

Woodbury Citizens’ Academy is a 10-week program offered by the Woodbury Community Foundation. The purpose of the program is to introduce residents to local government and organizations.

I participated in the first Woodbury Citizens’ Academy in 2010. Now in its 4th year, WCA was expanded to include a new session on culture & diversity. The event took place on March 18 at Central Park.

Several local individuals and organizations were invited to participate and showcase their culture.

Representatives from the City of Woodbury gave a presentation on the population growth in Minnesota and Woodbury. With 20% of minority population (half of them are Asian), Woodbury has one of the highest percentage of minority population among all cities in Minnesota.

Participants also enjoyed small group discussions, traditional Indian and Hmong dances, and ethnic food.

The new session turned out to be a very popular one. City of Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens and City Administrator Clinton Gridley were also present.

I volunteered at the Chinese table and took a few photos which were posted on my Facebook.

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