It’s about…Diversity in Sioux Falls, SD

Diversity in my hometown, Sioux Falls, SD.  When I speak Spanish in South Dakota people are always curious as to how or where I learned it and because I’m blond some people even ask if I’m fluent (I’d have to say I can hold my own with most native speakers now).  It usually makes me laugh and allows me to explain how I’ve always been fascinated by the people and places that Spanish takes me after it started in a store in Nogales, Mexico when I was 5 years old! I’m also constantly searching for people or places to practice what I know and still learn more.
Now that I’ve found a love of technology and social media, a new group of people are giving me a chance to practice.  Juan Bonilla contacted my business, KnowTECH Training, to help coordinate a social media campaign for La Voz Hispana bilingual newspaper, Spanish magazine, and La Voz Hispana TV show.  What an unexpected surprise and honor to do business in a whole new way with a whole new population.  Bienvenidos a mi ciudad natal or Welcome to my hometown!  I can’t wait to meet more Spanish-speakers, compare notes about our hometowns, and teach each other about traditions and ideas that we have.  The fact that Sioux Falls now has a Diversity Council that is active and growing is evidence that the languages and the people who speak them are finding a bridge or path to feeling like this is their hometown too!

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About brendalynch21

I am an experienced corporate trainer with practical and profitable strategies for customer service, sales, privacy/security and social media. My experience in healthcare and the public sector allows me to design efficient and effective training.

Posted on March 25, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Although I live in a diverse community, I find it irritating that I have to explain why I speak Spanish, the color of my skin, or if my hair is mine LOL. My mother is of African American and Cherokee descent while my father is Mexican. So many people are unaware that Hispanics come in various skin colors and it’s not easy to tell if someone is Hispanic just by looking or listening to them. There are many Hispanics with blonde hair and blue eyes as well as dark skinned/black Hispanics with curly or fine hair. If more people would educate themselves on different cultures, it would limit many of the stereotypes that are placed on us today.

    • Thanks for the comment! The greatest part of my life is that I have surrounded myself with people of so many colorful personalities from colorful places-that is the best way I have found to counteract stereotypes and prejudice.

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