The City of Montgomery, like most American communities, is growing and diversifying. Presently, Sycamore Community Schools has a student population representing 54 nationalities and 41 spoken languages, making it one of the most culturally diverse systems in the State. Approximately 10 percent of Montgomery residents are cultural minorities. City Council and administration believe the infusion of various cultures, faiths, and customs enriches social and civic life and is a positive development for the community.
Steve Coppel and his wife Ruth have lived in Montgomery for 32 years and have raised two children. He is retired from a 34-year career in manufacturing. Steve was the board president for two organizations and is currently a volunteer with the Holocaust and Humanity Center. Steve is a founding member of the Montgomery Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
1. Why is it important to you to participate in the Montgomery Diversity and Inclusion Committee?
My parents were Holocaust survivors. They saw firsthand what happens when hate and prejudice run unchecked. They inspired me to stand up to hatred, intolerance, and indifference. The Pledge of Allegiance – “one nation under God with liberty and justice for all,” is my guiding light. America can’t have liberty for all without justice for all. Respect for diversity guarantees liberty and justice. I am on this committee to help achieve these goals.
2. Why are Diversity and Inclusion important to the community
America has been and still is the greatest country in the world. Our community should reflect that. We should not judge others on race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, and national origin. Our Constitution guarantees this, and it’s what keeps our nation and community strong. This committee should provide leadership to keep the City of Montgomery moving forward.