A recently completed University of Nebraska Study seeks to shed light on what factors rural minorities look for in a good life.
Associate Professor Maria de Guzman with the University’s Child, Youth and Family Studies division, says little is known about what minorities in rural communities find important.
“We wanted to get a sense of what people living in rural communities, and particular ethnic minorities, what they consider important,” says Guzman
She says knowing those factors are important, because they can directly affect whether an ethnic population leaves or stays a developing rural community.
“It’s not only the salary,” says Guzman. She says whether or not an ethnic community stays or leaves can depend on a wide array of factors, including work conditions and whether or not they feel valued in their community.
Guzman says the study used focus groups, interviews and surveys from ethnic minorities in Madison, Platt and Scotts Bluff counties.
Guzman says once a final review of the study is complete, the information will be shared with academic journals and community leaders who participated in the study.