Vermont Diversity Conference to be held in Burlington on September 29

For Immediate Release: September 26, 2003

Contact: Runesha Jacques Muderhwa
Office of Minority Health
Vermont Department of Health
(802-863-7273)

BURLINGTON—A one-day diversity conference entitled “Establishing New Partnerships in Our Communities of Color in Vermont” will be held on September 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Burlington.

Two speakers will be featured at the conference, Nontombi Naomi Tutu and William Matthews.

Ms. Nontombi Naomi Tutu is the daughter of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Ms. Tutu will speak about racial struggles in South Africa and race relations in the U.S. Ms. Tutu is an associate director of International Relations at Tennessee State University. She was the founder and chairperson of the Tutu Foundation, which from 1985–1990 helped South African refugees in African countries.

Mr. William Matthews is the executive director of the National Police Consortium located in Washington, D.C. He will discuss the criminal justice system, its impact on the minority population, and policing in a culturally diverse community. A native of New York, Mr. Matthews is a past executive director of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

Community leaders, community members, service providers, academics, and city and state representatives will come together to explore the complexities of diversity and its impact on the Vermont community. Conference workshops will address a variety of topics such as diversity in the workplace, minority health disparities, and the pros and cons of managing diversity in a community.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Vermont Department of Health, the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center, Imani Health Institute, Fletcher Free Library, United Way of Chittenden County, and the City of Burlington - Community & Economic Development Office.

For more information about the conference or to register, please contact the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center at 802-660-8815. Registration is $25 per person. Walk-ins are welcome.