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The Evolution of Greeley: Big Changes in Small Towns

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April 27, 2020

The Facing Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that creates a more understanding and empathetic world through stories that inspire action. [They] provide tools, a platform, and inspiration for individuals and communities to share their stories, connect across difference, and begin crucial conversations through their own narratives - From The Facing Project website

The University of Northern Colorado partnered and contributed to the The Facing Project, in 2016. Students in an Anthropology class worked with the Office of Engagement and their professor to collects stories that exemplify what it means to be a part of this historic and diverse community.  

Last Saturday, a story from UNC's Facing Change Initiative was featured on The Facing Project Radio Show which airs on Indiana Public Radio. The story is titled "Evolution of a Small Agricultural Town" and it presents a long time community member's perspective on the evolution of Greeley from a small, conservative agricultural town into a diverse and economically developing boom town.

Episode synopsis from The Facing Project NPR website

Think about your community . . . What's changed? Was your parents' childhood different from your own? And then ask yourself . . . What do you imagine your community will be like in another generation? On this episode, a man wonders what the future will hold for his small Colorado community...

You can listen to the podcast here or you can find it on NPR One, Apple Podcast, and Google Play.