Uniting Cultures

Uniendo Culturas

Our Vision: We envision a culture of inclusion where all individuals feel respected and valued, are treated fairly, and have equal opportunity and responsibility to excel in community and life.

Nuestra visión: Concebimos una cultura de inclusión en donde todas las personas se sientan respetadas y valoradas, sean tratadas justamente, y tengan las mismas oportunidades y responsabilidades de éxito en la comunidad y en la vida.

Our Mission: We create spaces to grow as individuals and community through sharing, learning, collaboration and action to unite people and to remove barriers to equal opportunity and responsibility in community and life.

Nuestra misión: Creamos espacios para crecer como individuos y comunidad al compartir, aprender, colaborar y actuar uniendo a la gente y eliminando las barreras que nos impiden tener las mismas oportunidades y responsabilidades en la comunidad y en la vida.

This year's Multicultural Fiesta celebration is coming up soon! Save the Date for September 17, 2022 in St. James!

¡La celebración de la Fiesta Multicultural de este año se acerca pronto! ¡Guarde la fecha para el 17 de septiembre de 2022 en St. James!

Flier with information about the War in Ukraine presentaiton on Thursday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the St. James Armstrong Auditorium

Several Watonwan County community partners, including Uniting Cultures / Uniendo Culturas, joined together to offer a panel discussion on the War in Ukraine in St. James on March 17, 2022. Featured speakers were all people who live in our area and shared the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It was a powerful and well-attended evening, with thousands of dollars raised for Ukrainian relief efforts.

This event was livestreamed and can be viewed here. The Mankato Free Press covered the event here.

In the News

Changing Demographics in Rural Minnesota

Your Story, My Story, Our Story

Multicultural Fiesta

Building Bridges for Thriving Communities - A Summit for Equity

Changing Demographics

Celebrating Diversity In a Small Town

Click on the link above, and then scroll down to the second story map to learn more about St. James and Uniting Cultures/Uniendo Culturas
MN Equity MapClick on the link above and then select the pin marking St. James to read about Uniting Cultures/Uniendo Culturas and its work in the area of equity work. It is an honor to be recognized by the Growth and Justice organization

Building Bridges for Thriving Communities - A Summit for Equity

Virtual Equity Summit to have "candid conversations"


July 2022

Thanks to Triple Falls Productions, the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council for the Arts and Cultural Heritage grant, and for the members of Uniting Cultures/Uniendo Culturas and other residents of the St. James community who shared their thoughts and enthusiasm for the Multicultural Fiesta in this just-released video (see above, and it is also linked on our Video Gallery page)!

May 2022

Uniting Cultures/Uniendo Culturas project proposal "Who We Are and How We Got Here" was fully approved by the Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership.

From the RSDP "Happenings" June Newsletter: "Uniting Cultures/Uniendo Culturas will use interviews and focus groups, along with historical and cultural resources, to provide education on the history of migration and the ethnic and cultural diversity of people who have made St. James their home, particularly newer arrivals from Central America. Materials will be shared online, at the local library, and presented in public events and in print. Partners include Uniting Cultures/Uniendo Culturas, Convivencia Hispana, St. James Public Schools, Watonwan County Library, St. James Chamber of Commerce and UMN Morris Center for Small Towns.