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Many Faces, One Community

posted Mar 16, 2010, 6:15 PM by Reid Serozi   [ updated Mar 16, 2010, 6:18 PM ]

Did you know that according to the U.S. Census Bureau and other experts: 

  • By 2050, the American population will be majority minority. Whites who currently represent 66% of the population nationally will drop to 46% of the population.
  • By 2030, nearly one in five U.S. residents will be 65 or older.
  • By 2025, the number of single-person households in the U.S. will equal the number of family households.

These numbers represent national trends, and Raleigh’s demographics may differ. 

However, the city has seen unprecedented growth. Will we be prepared for tomorrow? 

The City of Raleigh Human Relations Commission invites your participation in an exciting community outreach effort that seeks to engage citizens from diverse backgrounds in crafting recommendations in how the City of Raleigh can best prepare for the future.   

Members of the Commission welcome you to join them in a series of six community dialogues that will focus on how we as a city can best ensure that all Raleigh’s citizens can enjoy the benefits our city has to offer and are engaged in charting its future. 

The City of Raleigh: We are MANY FACES building ONE COMMUNITY. 

Please join us.  

What: “The Value of Diversity,” first in a series of community dialogues

When: Thursday, March 25 at 6 p.m.

Where: Chavis Community Center, 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 

Future dialogues:

May 23: Tomorrow’s Citizens

July 24 : Is Older Better?

September19: Embracing Raleigh’s Rainbow

November TBD: A Rising Tide

December 4: Many Faces, One Community

2010 Human Relations Commission Community Dialogue Site Locations 


DateTimePlaceCommunity Dialogue Subject


6-8Chavis Community

505 Martin Luther King Blvd

The Value of Diversity

What does diversity mean in 2010 and does it matter?  The focus of this session will be to set overall goals and process for the community dialogues by first examining how the changing demographics of the city impact our community and outlining why the city should take an active role in embracing multiculturalism.



3-5Wetlands Center

950 Peterson Street

Raleigh, NC 27610

Tomorrow’s Citizens

Will our youth be prepared to lead Raleigh into the future?  The focus of this session will be to identify the major challenges facing our city’s youth and examining steps the city should take to ensure our youth are prepared for tomorrow.



10-2Barwell Road Community Center

3935 Barwell Rd

Raleigh, NC 27610

Is Older Better?

What impact does the aging of the Baby boomer generation have on our city?  The focus of this session will be to look at ways that Raleigh should prepare to provide services to a growing senior population and how Raleigh can engage seniors in a way that capitalizes on what they can contribute to our community.




1400 West Millbrook Rd

Raleigh, NC 27612

Embracing Raleigh’s Rainbow

How can Raleigh become a better place to live for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents?  This session will identify ways the City can better recognize and include this part of Raleigh’s community.

11/2010TBDNot  ScheduledA Rising Tide

As Raleigh prospers, how can we as a community ensure that all our residents have the opportunity to succeed and that no one is left behind?  The focus of this session will be to evaluate steps the City of Raleigh can take to promote economic security for all its citizens.


December 4, 2010

8-12Raleigh Convention CenterCulmination of dialogue series

The final community program of the series would be our 2010 Mayor’s Unity Day breakfast in December.  The proposed purpose of this program will be to pull together the input and recommendations from the community dialogues and present them for final comment publicly prior to submission to the City Council.  Members of the public who have participated in the community dialogues will be invited to come share their perspective from the program with the Commission, members

Reid Serozi,
Mar 16, 2010, 6:18 PM