2015 Diversity Conference

Presented by the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center

Monday, March 30, 2015
at the Hilton Hotel
60 Battery Street
Burlington, Vermont

Online registration has closed, but registration is available at the door.

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: Devon Harris
Olympic Athlete and Founding Member of the Jamaican Bobsled Team

10:00 Diversity in the Workplace: Table discussion
Facilitators: Traci Griffith and Rachel Siegel

11:00 Diversity in Education: Moise St. Louis
Assistant and Director of Multicultural Affairs, St. Michael’s College
Jay Diaz Vermont Legal Aid

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Lunch Speaker: Carol Moseley Braun
Former Senator from Chicago and former US ambassador
Introduction by Hon. Madeleine Kunin

2:00 Diversity in the Community: Table discussion
Facilitators: Yacouba Bogre, Ame Lambert, and Michael Schirling


Registration & Contact

Online registration has closed, but registration is available at the door.

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

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


  • KeyBank
  • UVM Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity & Multicultural Affairs
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Vermont Department of Labor
  • Association of Africans Living in Vermont
  • Church Street Marketplace
  • Free Press Media


Devon Harris

The inspirational story of Devon Harris’ personal triumph over adversity has been watched by millions in the Disney hit movie, “Cool Runnings”. Chronicling his journey from the slums of Kingston, Jamaica to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, England, the amazing story behind Jamaica’s first Winter Olympic team continues to captivate and challenge audiences around the globe.

The unbelievable story remains remarkable – a band of misfit Jamaican athletes unite to form the country’s first bobsled team to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. Although the movie captured the heart and experiences of the team, the personal story of Devon Harris is itself a tale fit for Hollywood. Devon refused to accept the limitations placed on him by birth and society and chose to live a life free of the word “impossible.”

When not bringing his captivating message of inspiration and hope to audiences across the globe, Devon serves as an ambassador for Right to Play an athlete-driven, humanitarian non-profit organization using sport and play to enhance child development and build community capacity for youth in refugee camps and disadvantaged communities throughout the world.

Carol Moseley Braun

Carol Moseley Braun served in the United States Senate from 1993 to 1999 as a Democrat from Illinois. Born in Chicago in 1947, Moseley Braun came of age in the midst of the civil rights movement and pursued a career in law. She became an Illinois state representative in 1977 and then served four years as Recorder of Deeds for Cook County, Illinois, the first African American elected to a Cook County executive position.

In 1992 she defeated both the Democratic incumbent and the Republican challenger for a seat in the U.S. Senate, becoming the first female senator from Illinois and the first African American woman to serve in the Senate. As a senator, Moseley Braun sponsored progressive education bills and campaigned for gun control.

In 1999, she became the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, a position she held until 2001. Moseley Braun ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2004, but she withdrew from the race, endorsing Howard Dean instead.


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.