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Episode 1 Podcast Guest: Bukata Hayes, Mankato Diversity Council
Bukata serves as Executive Director of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council, which has provided diversity education to approximately 15,000 adults and youth in the greater Mankato area.
He previously served as the diversity support services program coordinator for Mankato Area Public Schools, and as multi-ethnic center coordinator, admissions counselor and instructor of sociology at Bethany Lutheran College, where he created the first-ever, multi-ethnic center on campus.
He is the founder of Love & Struggle, a consulting company that works with organizations and communities on issues of race, inclusion and equity. He also developed WRITE on RACE, a two-year curriculum and process designed to raise community awareness of racism.
Bukata earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from The College of St. Scholastica. He has membership and/or is on the board of numerous organizations such as the Mankato Chapter of the NAACP (President), Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Board (President), Latin American Multicultural Association for Networking and Opportunity – LA MANO (Board), and Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation Board.
Podcast edited by: Jordyn Erickson | Meraki Marketing