Posts Tagged ‘Diversity’

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Making The Park More Welcoming: Challenges and Opportunities

adk diversity advisory council logoImagine you’d been hired to coach a hockey or soccer camp for the summer, teach music for the Seagle Colony or figure skating at the Olympic Arena, or serve as a waiter, housekeeper, lift attendant or golf pro, as whitewater rafting or fishing guide, or one of the many other jobs that welcome visitors to our region. Imagine that you went with some of your fellow workers to a restaurant, or shopping at a store, and got harassed and verbally abused by another customer because of the color of your skin.

How would you feel if a member of the business’s staff asked you to leave, not the person being abusive, but you – the victim. What would that say about our community? What would that say about how we welcome and care for our customers and seasonal employees? » Continue Reading.


Friday, September 9, 2016

Justice Center Helps Vulnerable New Yorkers With Support, Services

justice centerThe New York Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs has several professional advocates on staff who provide guidance and assistance to people receiving services who have either been victims of, or witnesses to, acts of abuse and neglect. Assistance and guidance is also provided to families.

The Justice Center’s Individual and Family Support Unit (IFSU) is staffed with 10 advocates and has responded to more than 3,700 unique callers from people who receive services or their family members and personal representatives since 2013. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Adirondack Diversity Symposium On Saturday

adk diversity advisory council logoThe Adirondack Diversity Advisory Council (ADAC)’s 2016 Symposium, “Towards a More Diverse Adirondacks,” will be held this Saturday, August 13th at the SUNY ESF Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb.

This year’s theme is the intersection of diversity, economics and social justice. The symposium will engage attendees with business and economic leaders from throughout the Adirondacks and New York State in a dialogue about vital ways in which this intersection can make life better for everyone in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Equal Pay for Women in 1870: The Charley Warner Solution

1928 HdlineCWarner01Unequal pay for women ably performing the same jobs as men is unfair and idiotic. Why the sex of an employee reduces their pay should be a mystery to all, especially when most men can relate stories of male co-workers receiving equal pay despite being underperformers, shirkers, or just plain lazy. But the issue is nothing new. Faced with a need for self-supporting income in the 1870s, a northern New York woman didn’t wait for society to grant her equality. She instead chose her own path: going undercover in a man’s world. In doing so, she may have also found more happiness than anyone realized at the time. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Documentary On Lake Placid Refugees Wins Emmy

Editor Michael C. Hansen, producer, writer and director Paul Larson, and director of photography Daniel McCullum photo by Jean Ulysse Mountain Lake PBS has claimed a second Emmy statuette for a documentary. The film Arts in Exile: Tibetan Treasures in Small Town America won in the “Outstanding Documentary” category at the 39th Boston/New England Regional Emmy Awards ceremony this month. This marks the second Emmy win for arts producer Paul Larson, whose last major documentary also took home the award. Larson shares the award with the director of photography Daniel McCullum and editor Michael C. Hansen.

Arts in Exile chronicles the creation of the Tibetan arts festival held last fall in Plattsburgh, exploring how the city in northern New York was inspired by the culture of Tibet from across the globe. The documentary examines how several Tibetan refugees use the arts to raise awareness about the global problems they face and to keep their culture alive. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

An Adirondack Response To The Orlando Massacre

TMDA Logo NewAll of us reel in horror at the violence in Orlando, Florida on Sunday.  As Coordinator for the Adirondack Diversity Advisory Council I feel it important to respond to this tragedy, just as I feel it important to respond as a human being.  In either capacity I struggle to offer any kind of worthy reaction except to express solidarity with the victims and with all who suffer from the conditions that foster the kind of hate and anger we saw unleashed.

Though it is hard to find meaningful words, I think I know the right question to ask.  Where do we go from here?  How does our society move towards a destination where senseless mass killings, where violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, recedes into history?  Many will say that such a future is unimaginable, that there will always be hatred and bitter, alienated individuals capable of acting with insane malice.  To those doubters I ask how such a future can be more unimaginable than what took place Sunday in Orlando. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Transgender Town Hall Meeting Planned For Plattsburgh

adk diversity advisory council logoA newly formed statewide network of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming advocates is facilitating Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Town Hall meetings across New York State. A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday June 1, 2016, at 4 Palmer Street in Plattsburgh.

The event is planned as a “fact-finding mission” to better understand the needs of these communities and to create connections among transgender and gender non-conforming people, and their allies, advocates and supporters, in order to spark interest in education, outreach, and advocacy and build a legislative agenda. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Saranac Lake: Meet Our Muslim Neighbors

muslim neighborsThree Muslim community members will lead a panel discussion hosted by the Saranac Lake Ecumenical Council’s Peace with Justice Committee on Monday April 4, at 7 pm in the Cantwell Community Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library.

North Country residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the five pillars of Islam: faith, prayer, charity, fasting, and pilgrimage. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Reason 2 Smile World Music Festival Saturday

Reason2SmileDrummingThe Lake Placid not-for-profit organization Reason 2 Smile is hosting an its annual all-day cultural music festival with workshops, a children’s camp, and an evening performance on March 5 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

According to Reason 2 Smile Executive Director Donna Rosenblum, the one-day event will be presented in the same format as previous years. A morning Kids Camp, ages 6-12, will introduce Kenyan games, crafts, African drumming and dance; younger children (ages 5 and under) are welcome to attend with an adult. The morning and afternoon adult workshops (ages 13 years and older) focus on art, music and dance with various activities from Native American Storytelling and Didgeridoo making, to Irish Step Dancing. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Project Supports Youth Outdoor Educational Adventures

YENN Youth Ed-Venture Nature NetworkThe Youth Ed-Venture & Nature Network (YENN) continues to raise funds to purchase a bus to transport youth from the Albany area to its outdoor and environmental programs in the Adirondacks and Catskills.

To date, a campaign on Adirondack Gives, Adirondack Foundation’s crowdfunding website for community groups and nonprofits, has raised $3,200 of its $5,000 goal. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Faith Communities Gather to Discuss Refugees

KVCCHow can the Adirondack Region be more welcoming to refugees in a time when the need is acute but the political atmosphere is often hostile? On Dr. Martin Luther King Day, the Keene Valley Congregational Church (KVCC) hosted a Refugee Summit for area faith communities to begin a discussion about how to open hearts and homes to refugees in a time of international crisis. Conceived by the KVCC Steering Committee and Minister Milton Dudley, the three-hour event was attended by about seventy people from nearly a dozen churches and faith organizations from throughout the North Country and as far away as Saratoga Springs.

Speaking of the high turnout and the immediate sense of purpose in the room, Reverend Dudley said the gathering went “way above and beyond” his expectations. “I think the spirit here is ‘We want to do something, so let’s go.’ The analysis will come later.” » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Program To Highlight LGBTQ And Ally Harassment

Stop Bullying PhotoThe Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh will host local LGBTQ advocate Kelly Metzgar on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 7 pm.

Metzgar works with transgender leaders across New York State in securing rights and protections for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Her discussion will center on bullying and harassment of transgender, gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay and bisexual students as well as current NYS laws protecting students from this type of behavior. She will also focus on supporting families, students and educators. A discussion will follow. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Immigrants Are Good For The Adirondacks

ADAC LogoWe are in the midst of a major geopolitical crisis over immigration, fueled by war and catalyzed by terrorism. It’s no secret that one consequence is a rising tide of anti-immigration sentiment here in the United States. Recent events have prejudiced our long debate over illegal immigrants and secure borders to the point where any sensible discussion of policy has been all but drowned out. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 23, 2015

William Anderson: Troy Newspaperman, Adirondack Booster

GraftonFreshAirHomeAt the age of fifteen, William Anderson of Troy was a busy boy. Besides working as a messenger for the common council and handling desk clerk duties at a local library, he had toiled as a newsboy for the Troy Times since he was twelve years old. Newsboys were once a critical part of operations for most newspapers. Instead of being hired, they were independent, which was good for the newspapers but not so good for the boys. They purchased papers and hawked them on the streets, earning a tiny amount of profit for each one sold, and taking the hit for papers that went unsold. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Diversity: Hearing the Voices of Young People

TMDA LogoMaking the Adirondack Park more attractive to youth of all backgrounds and preferences was the focus of the second Towards a More Diverse Adirondacks Symposium on August 15th at SUNY-ESF in Newcomb. We had a robust discussion, and the bulk of our time was given to the voices of high school and college-age students, from inside and outside the Adirondacks.

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