Celebrating Black History Month In Southern Idaho


By KMVT News

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )

Black History month is a time to remember important events and people in the history of the United States.

For the Diversity Council at CSI, it's also a time to celebrate the growing diversity in southern Idaho.

Perri Gardner, faculty advisor for the Diversity Council, notes, “I think it’s really exciting how the community is continuing to diversify. The local economic development is bringing people from outside our community, in not just racially diverse ways, but people with different religions and political ideologies and I think that's all for the better for this area.”

Of around 8,200 students on campus, according to the schools website 29 are African American, which is why the Diversity Council is hoping to raise awareness.

Gardner adds, "I think it’s a product of people not thinking about it because there isn't a very visible community in the area, which probably makes it important we have those conversations."

Armando Ocaranza, a freshman at CSI, says, “I think we do have a good diversity here in Twin Falls and Boise, but I don't think it’s celebrated as much as it should be. Diversity is beautiful and that's what America is known for so that's a reason to celebrate it and not just push it to the side.”

According to the 2010 census, .7 percent of the population in Twin Falls is black.

Yet, students acknowledge acceptance in the area.

Lawrence Elay, a student at CSI, says, "I think it’s getting more and more diverse. When I was younger there was a lot less ethnic groups but it seems like it's getting more and more."

The Diversity Council will be hosting an International dinner on February 27th. For more information, e-mail Perri Gardner at pgardner@csi.edu.

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