On September 20, Medaille’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion presented a panel discussion on “Building Strong Communities Through Diversity and Inclusion.” Medaille College Director of Diversity and Inclusion Kenya Hobbs led panelists in a conversation on how we can all build stronger communities at Medaille, in Buffalo and beyond.

The panelists included the following local professionals:

  • Dave Granville (Chairperson, Commission on Citizen’s Rights and Community Relations, Employment & Training Coordinator for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority)
  • Gamileh Jamil (Former Executive Director for ACCESS of WNY)
  • Jim Anderson (President of Peace Action New York State and Vice President of Citizen Action of New York State Board)
  • Tracy Cooley (Deputy Director of Finance for Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency and Co-Founder of Women Against Violence Everywhere)
  • Francisco Vasquez (President & CEO of Child & Family Services and Member of the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable)
  • Heidi Romer (Health Engagement Coordinator at Independent Health and Former Lead Coordinator of the Bailey Green Mixed Use Development Initiative).

An audience of students, faculty and staff from Medaille were joined by faculty and staff from Alfred State University, Niagara County Community College and Geneseo College, who all contributed to the conversation. The evening produced insightful thoughts and positive ideas for engaging more effectively with people that may be unfamiliar to us.

*Pictured left to right: Dave Granville, Gamileh Jamil, Jim Anderson, Kenya Hobbs, Tracy Cooley, Dr. Francisco Vasquez and Heidi Romer.

  • : Medaille College Office of Communications

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