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Khou Lor joins Southwest Initiative Foundation

Lor will serve as a rural equity specialist.

Khou Lor
Khou Lor
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HUTCHINSON — Khou Lor of Tracy has joined Southwest Initiative Foundation’s (SWIF) staff to fill the new role of rural equity specialist. Lor will be a resource for communities across the region, while helping build and strengthen local Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) leaders and organizations in southwest Minnesota.

“I’m excited to be a part of Southwest Initiative Foundation, a wonderful organization that values community. And I’m determined to do what it takes to invite, share and create space for voices,” Lor said. “As a first-generation immigrant, much of my younger years were spent navigating systems and being the voice for my immigrant parents. Through these lived experiences, I’ve come to realize the love I have for creating space for people to speak on behalf of themselves, in their truest form.”

Lor spent the last six years working in community engagement. She is involved with the Hmong community in southwest Minnesota as a leader and organizer and is part of various community groups in Tracy, where she makes her home with her husband and daughter.

Southwest Initiative Foundation has committed to removing barriers that prevent full participation in southwest Minnesota’s abundant opportunities for the people who call this region home. In her role as rural equity specialist, Lor will lead work to identify and reinforce social capital; diversify the regional nonprofit sector; and create more connected, resilient, and inclusive communities where all people have the support and resources to thrive.

“We are excited to welcome Khou to the SWIF team,” said Nancy Fasching, the foundation's vice president of community impact. “She is a great addition to the organization. Her perspective and approach are key in moving the work of rural equity forward.”

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Lor began her work at the foundation in January.

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