McPherson Hosts National Cultural Event Wednesday at MPL

By Shannon Brake, McPherson Public Library
September 27, 2016

On Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m., the public is invited to join Sheryl Winarick, TED Resident and national immigration lawyer, plus a select panel of community members, in a guided discussion exploring the culture, identity, beliefs, and stories of success in our area.

Through collaboration with the McPherson Public Library, McPherson will be included as one of the ten focal communities participating in foundational gatherings across the United States.

The primary focus of these community gatherings is to engage community members in shared experiences to explore culture, identity, leadership, and accountability; celebrate and connect solutions-oriented individuals and initiatives working hard to make local communities a great place to live; and invite everyone to step up and participate in the challenge of creating welcoming communities where future generations can thrive, happily, together.

The idea of a collaborative effort to promote the positive culture surrounding immigration and migration was first developed by Winarick in April of 2016 at TED headquarters in New York City. Winarick is an immigration attorney, advocate and entrepreneur based in Waco, Texas and Washington D.C. Before starting her own immigration law practice, she spent eight years working for a variety of non-profit organizations. She is a former Director of Teaching for Change, Miriam’s Soup Kitchen, and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. She co-founded Just Cause, a social group that raises funds for and awareness about locally-serving non-profit organizations. Most recently, she spent three months at the TED offices in New York as part of the inaugural class of TED Residents.

The public is invited to attend the event, and it might be of special interest to individuals interested in sharing their work in promoting positive change in the community, creating safe and inviting spaces for meaningful interactions, and establishing a safe culture for all individuals, including teachers, artists, community volunteers, small business owners, and others who make a difference each day.

For additional information call the library at 620-245-2570 or email them at

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