What about this community would you like to improve?
One of the areas where I feel we can improve is in enhancing and developing better avenues of communication among the different ethnic groups in our community.
Significant progress has been made in this area through the efforts of the Goshen Community Relations Commission. The celebration of events such as Diversity Day has proven to be a great opportunity for different groups to meet and learn from one another. Similar activities like this are needed to increase opportunities for communication and understanding.
What is this community’s
best kept secret?
My work at Goshen College has allowed me to connect with a number of community and business leaders interested in addressing the educational needs in our community. Among them I have had the opportunity to work with a very special group of individuals in the Goshen Community Schools who work tirelessly in supporting the education of our students. The Parent Liaisons is a group of very important leaders that serves as a vital link between our immigrant families and the school district.
In addition to providing translation services, they help families respond to social needs as well as navigate the Goshen school system. In a recent study I conducted, I had the opportunity to observe first-hand how one of these leaders not only assisted students but also helped address very basic needs as several families came to access the small food pantry that the school had started, thanks to her efforts.
As the population continues to change and grow, these parent liaisons are truly remarkable people who serve as a critical link in enhancing the wellbeing of our community.