Multicultural Roots Project

The Multicultural Roots Project was created to increase visibility for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in Sonoma County, with a particular focus on Santa Rosa; and to recognize, through historical stories from BIPOC, contributions and impacts that have shaped Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. Working with local historians and community partners, Community Engagement staff gather stories and facts about local BIPOC leaders, as well as historical events and places that have shaped Santa Rosa and Sonoma County into what it is today. Each month, we will share five of these stories with the public through multiple communication channels, including the City’s website, social media and this newsletter.

Oct 03

Malachi Morgan: The Journey is Everything

Posted on October 3, 2022 at 9:23 AM by Kevin King


“When it comes to mentors and support I have more than I can count on my two hands and that’s what has really helped me.”— Malachi Morgan

Growing up, Malachi Morgan found himself facing adversity and hardships throughout his childhood, constantly being displaced while going from school to school. With frequent change and instability, it was hard for him to feel connected to his community or supported by his school. Ironically, it wasn’t until his placement in Sonoma County Juvenile Hall that Malachi would come to find the connection and support that he needed. 

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Aug 30

Vicente Sosa: The Power of Having a Teacher Who Looks Like You

Posted on August 30, 2022 at 1:40 PM by Danielle Garduno


Vicente Sosa was never the kid that loved school. Growing up in Santa Rosa and attending schools with overwhelmingly white student bodies, staff, and teachers, never made him feel like it was a space of belonging for him. Now, about to begin his fourth year of teaching, Vicente has a different outlook on education. However, it took time and many hardships to find his passion for teaching our youth.  

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Aug 16

Laura Larque: Teaching to Inspire Curiosity, Inclusivity, and Engagement

Posted on August 16, 2022 at 11:28 AM by Kevin King


“I’ve always been the kind of person [to say]: I didn’t come this far not to do it.” — Laura Larque  

Professor Laura Larque has worked in higher education for over 20 years. The first and only in her family to go to college, Laura never imagined she would become a professor, yet she has had a successful career for decades, challenging and shaping young adults of Santa Rosa and beyond. Her journey to her current career wasn’t clear cut though. From travelling and settling in a new country, to having to learn a new language and overcome misinformation, Laura worked hard to become the well loved and respected professor she is today.  

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