Keene has a history of economical, social and cultural diversity. This diversity takes form in where we live, our occupations, educational backgrounds, ethnic heritage, religious beliefs, political views, thoughts and feelings, and other qualities. While some base the definition of diversity solely on race or ethnicity, the concept is much more tied to acceptance and respect. It means understanding individual differences and exploring these differences in a safe, positive and nurturing environment. It is about moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating diversity's many dimensions throughout our community.