Katie Udell understands how hard it can be to meet people of different backgrounds.

“If they are not in our circles, how do we meet?” the Janesville woman asked. “It’s not just about race. It can be age, sexual orientation and economic background as well.”

Udell invites people to attend an event sponsored by the Diversity Action Team of Rock County on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The group is hosting “speed friending” to help bridge the diversity gap in our lives, Udell said.

People will chat with each other one-on-one in a fun atmosphere to break the ice. Then participants will talk about the experience and put up a list of ideas on how to make diverse connections.

Program sponsors are the Beloit Public Library, Hedberg Public Library, Yellow Brick Road, Janesville Police Department’s Latino Advisory Committee, Janesville Police Department’s African American Liaison Advisory Committee, the Beloit Muslim Center, the Janesville Muslim Dawa Circle, Community Action, Community Action’s Fatherhood Program and the YWCA Rock County.

Participants might gain a new friend by attending, Udell said.

“You will learn about their perspectives,” she said. “We enrich our lives by a diversity of experiences. I’m constantly learning from all the different perspectives out there.”

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit.

The Diversity Action Team strives to eliminate racism and all forms of discrimination in Rock County, according to its mission statement.

For information, visit datrockco.org/home.

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