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Who We Are

The Shakopee Diversity Alliance (SDA) is a community-based organization made up of volunteers with different ethnic backgrounds and faiths.  Most of us live in Shakopee while others work or volunteer in Shakopee. The SDA is not connected with the City of Shakopee nor any other organization in Shakopee.  Funding for SDA activities and events is raised through its own fundraising efforts as well as donations and sponsorship from local businesses, groups and community members.

How We Started

On March 22, 2012, Shakopee city leaders led by Mayor Brad Tabke hosted the city’s first ever diversity summit at city hall.  It was held to seek new ways to reach the city’s diverse population, help improve communication, foster positive relationships and make the community more welcoming to all residents.  More than 140 people attended the summit.  In the days and weeks after the summit, numerous community members met to continue discussions and they eventually formed the Shakopee Diversity Alliance.

Our Vision and Goals

SDA’s vision is “Through collaboration and awareness, Shakopee is united as a vibrant, diverse, inclusive community.”  It’s plan for 2012-2013 includes 3 goals:

  • Host an annual international festival in Shakopee to celebrate the community’s diversity and promote diversity.
  • Build a resource network to inform new and current Shakopee community members about resources available to assist them.
  • Enhance education and cultural awareness opportunities in Shakopee.

City of Shakopee Demographics

  • 25% of residents are not Caucasian
  • 1.03% are American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 10.24% are Asian
  • 4.18% are Black/African American
  • 7.79% are Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.01% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 74.3% are White/Caucasian
  • 0.025% are another race

Board of Directors dissertation maslow Ibrahim Mohamed – President
IbrahimIbrahim Mohamed came to the  United States in late 1993 and has been living in Shakopee since 2008. Ibrahim is married to Khadra Amadin and has six Children.  His eldest son and daughter attend Shakopee High School, two of his children are in Junior High and his youngest children attend Red Oak Elementary School. By profession he is a Cultural educator and for the last 14 years he’s worked in Public Schools in Eden Prairie, Burnsville, and now Shakopee. Ibrahim received his BS from St Mary’s University and is now working on his Masters in School Counselling K-12. Ibrahim has a passion for working with families and has become the voice for those who have barriers. Ibrahim believes every student has potential and with great partnership this potential can be cultivated. Ibrahim joined Shakopee Diversity Alliance since its inception.

Terry Hassan – Vice President
TerryTerry Hassan, born and raised in Shakopee. Education: A.A. Normandale Community College, B.A. University of Minnesota, Degree in International Relations. Extensively traveled to various countries starting with Spain and some western Europe countries and Greece, this led to have lifelong interest in while she lived in Greece  in 1 year Terry remembers how she felt to be a foreigner in a strange country this enabled her to have great empathy for those experiencing the same feeling of not belonging.  I have worked at the Scott, Carver, Dakota CAP Agency (Community Action Partnership) for the last 25 years in various capacities helping low-income residents obtain needed services to maintain financial stability. She has one daughter and one Grandson and she is most interested in helping residents of Shakopee learn about the significant strengths it takes to immigrate and what we can do as a community to welcome and provide services to our newest neighbors! Fear of the unknown is what causes prejudice, so, she  joined the Education Committee @ SDA to further increase residents of Shakopee’s knowledge of different ethnicities, cultures, religions, races and whatever else makes us “diverse” but also so much more that makes us alike.

click here Donna Lane – SDA Treasurer
DonnaI was raised in Shakopee and can trace my family back to Shakopee since the 1850’s. When I was growing up there were 2,500 people living in Shakopee, how the times have changed. I was always interested in seeing that all of our new residents, regardless of nationality, could enjoy our area as much as I did. I had a daycare center in my home for many years and then went to work for a medical clinic for 16 years. When I retired I started doing volunteer work and have spent many, many hours working for my Church, Mobile Meals, Knights of Columbus, Loaves and Fishes etc. When the mayor called for a Diversity Summit I thought it was the perfect activity to become part of. As we formed the Shakopee Diversity Alliance I was asked to be on the board and have remained here ever since. One of my main goals for the SDA was to sponsor an International Festival, so that all people could come together and enjoy the joy that is our diversity. We have made that dream come true through partnerships with other organizations.

Mary Romansky – Chair of Education & Resource Committee
MaryMary Romansky has been a school board member since 1997. She is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served as a Russian linguist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of Minnesota.  In 2012, Mary founded Good to Go Kids, a community-based organization that provides food to students in need. She is also on the Southwest Metro Educational Cooperative Board. Mary and her husband Robert have been married since 1981. Their son Chris graduated from Shakopee High School in 2001 and their daughter Katie graduated from the school in 2006.

Service History: Elected November 1997, Re-elected 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013.

Suresh Nair – Board Member
SureshSuresh Nair has been living in Shakopee since 2004. He is married to Angina Nair and is a proud parent of three Daughters. His eldest daughter attends Shakopee High School and the other two attend Eagle Creek Elementary School. By profession he is Software Engineer and is now working on his Master’s Degree in IT security. Suresh is originally from Kerala, a state in south India. He came to the US in 1999 as part of his job and became a US citizen later. In the 2011 Election he ran for Shakopee city council to represent the cultural diversity of Shakopee and to promote it. Suresh is a SDA Board member and has been involved with SDA since its inception. Suresh also worked in the International Festival Committee for three years.

watch Dennis Petrenko – Board Member
DenisDenis Petrenko was born in Riga, Latvia and came to the United States in 1998. He grew up in Chaska Minnesota and later attended Hennepin Technical College and got a degree in architectural drafting. He continued his education at Moorhead State University for construction management. He currently works as an architectural drafter at a design firm in Minnetonka. As part of the Russian-American community, Mr. Petrenko is an active member of the Russian Baptist Church of Shakopee, through which he participates in non-profit organizations within the community, such as Feed My Starving Children. He also participates in global organizations like Hope for Orphans. Mr. Petrenko is very involved in the Shakopee community and routinely leads projects and events that reach out to the community and the people in it. Mohamed Duale – Board Member
MohamedMohamed Duale is the Community Service Outreach Liaison for the City of Eden Prairie.  He is the author of two books, a poet, a consultant, community teacher, mentor and a limitless fountain of knowledge on Somali politics and history.  He has worked for many years in the field of community health, speaks four different languages and is licensed medical interpreter.  Mohamed has a Master of Science degree from the University of Swaziland in partnership with Oxford University and graduate certificate from UFM, school of public health.

City council liaison(s)

Kathi Mocal

Jay Whiting


SDA Bylaws (Updated 2014)

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SDA meetings are held in the evenings on the last Thursday of each month and are open to the public.  To stay updated, like us on Facebook below and check back to our website often!