2014 Diversity Conference

Presented by the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center

Monday, March 31, 2014
at the Hilton Hotel
60 Battery Street
Burlington, Vermont

Download the Conference Program (pdf)

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.


8:00 Registration

9:00 Opening Keynote: Dr. J.W. Wiley
Author of “The Nigger in You”
Director of the Center for Diversity, Pluralism and Inclusion
State University of NY, Plattsburgh
Introduction by Dr. Kenneth Palm

9:40-11:45 Participants will engage each other at table discussions:

  • Diversity in Education
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Diversity in the Community
  • Policing in a Culturally Diverse Community

12:00 Lunch

12:30 Lunch Speaker: E. Thomas Sullivan, J.D.
26th President of the University of Vermont
Introduction by Denise Bailey

1:30 Employers Roundtable

  • Lorraine Jenne
  • Rebecca Towne
  • Lynn Budnik
  • Robert Appel
  • Jacob Bogre

3:00 Closing Keynote: Benjamin L. Crump, Esq.
Lead Attorney in Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman Case
Introduction by Patrick Brown


Registration & Contact

Register here

or contact UVM Conference & Event Services, 656-5665 or conferenceregistration@uvm.edu. For more information about the conference, please contact 657-4219 or info@gbmrc.org


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.