2017 Diversity Conference

Presented by the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center

March 27, 2017
Hilton Hotel
60 Battery Street
Burlington, VT

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Conference Objective

The Conference will explore the challenges and possibilities that are faced in the workplace today. We will also seek to explore the leadership roles that are exercised as we try to empower ourselves and our communities of color. The speakers will include public intellectuals and scholars who are able to address diversity and inclusion.

Agenda & Speaker Bios


8:00 Registration

9:00 Opening Keynote – introduced by Dr. John Sama (UVM)

  • Dr. Jonathan Jansen
    Former President, University of the Free State, South Africa

9:30 Table Discussion

10:00 Panel: Diversity in Education

  • Ame Lambert
    Chief Diversity Officer, Champlain College
  • Miguel Fernandez
    Chief Diversity Officer, Middlebury College
  • Lacretia Flash
    Office of Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, UVM
  • Moise St. Louis
    Associate Dean of Students/ Dir. Center for Multicultural Affairs and Services, Saint Michael’s College
  • Moderator: Lashawn Sells, Principal, Sustainability Academy, Burlington

11:30 Table Discussion

12:00 Lunch

12:30 Lunch Speaker

  • Wally Amos

1:15 Panel: Refugee & Immigrant Crisis, A Vermont Response

  • James Lyall
    American Civil Liberties Union
  • Amila Merdzanovic
    Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program
  • Fuad Ndibalema
    Business Owner
  • Khara Neopeney
  • Jeetan Khadka
    Community Organizer and Business Owner
  • Moderator: Prof. Susan Comerford

2:30 Closing Remarks

  • Rachel Siegel
    Executive Director, Peace & Justice Center

Registration & Contact

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Registration info: Delaney Meeting & Event Management, 865-5202, info@delaneymeetingevent.com.

Conference info: 657-4219, info@gbmrc.org

Sponsored By

  • Church Street Marketplace

  • United Way of Northwest Vermont

  • KeyBank

  • People’s United Bank

  • Peace & Justice Center

  • Vermont Department of Labor

  • Association of Africans Living in Vermont


The Mission of the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center (GBMRC) is to increase awareness and provide opportunities to celebrate, promote and support cultural diversity within our community. The GBMRC acts as a clearing house for information on multicultural and diversity issues. It provides support and resources for individuals, schools, social service organizations and other Vermont and government supported programs. To learn more about the range of services the GBMRC offers, click here.