Racial Attitudes and Actions Survey of Olmsted County Released

Luther College Professors of Sociology Charlotte Kunkel and Ronald Ferguson are pleased to announce the third Racial Attitudes and Actions Survey of Olmsted County. This week, 2500 surveys will be mailed to a random sample of Olmsted County residents to capture their attitudes and actions on issues like integration, race, and immigration. Kunkel and Ferguson have further discussed their intentions during an interview with ABC News.

The survey complements more than two decades of data collection by building on similar data collected in 1990 and 2006 by the Diversity Council of Rochester. The data will tell us what has changed about Olmsted County's attitudes about race and immigration, pressing issues in our community today. Results will be shared widely with the community and may be useful in our future growth.

Randomly selected Olmsted county residents will get a paper copy in the mail, but will also be provided a link where they may choose to complete the form online. Rochester's Dunn Bros Coffee is supporting the survey by offering a $3.00 voucher toward a beverage purchase to all who complete the survey.

Kunkel and Ferguson plan to announce survey results in May 2016. The project is supported by Luther College, the Margaret Cargill Foundation, and Dunn Bros Coffee and the Diversity Council, both of Rochester, MN.

Jacq Congello stands with the two sociology professors with whom she performs research