A group of Mankato-area community leaders will hold a “Greater Mankato: Communities of Inclusion” signing ceremony and press conference this week. The event will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. on the Second Floor of the Grand Hall at the Mankato Civic Center. The event will begin with brief introductory remarks by Henry Morris, dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Bukata Hayes, executive director of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council. Following the remarks, area leaders and community members will have the opportunity to sign a large poster board containing the diversity and inclusion statement. The signed board will be displayed in a public location in Mankato. The diversity and inclusion statement acknowledges the indigenous history in the Greater Mankato Area and notes that those who are part of the local surrounding area share in the belief, understanding and commitment to being an inclusive community. It also contains a short list of community values.