Mar 6, 2019
Rosie Nestingin is an African-American woman who grew up in North Dakota, one of the whitest states in the U.S. Because she grew up in a multiracial household, and went to daycare with international children, she was shocked to discover that hers was one of the only black faces in her elementary school. As a result of this, she began at an early age to start to observe, respond and dispel false assumptions others made about her based on her appearance. From a very early age, she became, in effect, an exemplar of inclusion, teaching her classmates and teachers what she had already learned about diversity growing up.
After graduating college, she won the title of Miss North Dakota. Her platform was “Celebrate Diversity: One Nation, All People,” and she she spent a year traveling throughout the state, carrying the message of inclusion. In this podcast, she shares some of the insights she gleaned during this process.
Nestingin credits her deeply religious parents with instilling her with a commitment to welcoming everyone with love. These days, she continues to embrace and extend this commitment, while at the same time forging a spiritual path.