Symposium: Toward A More Diverse Adirondacks

Diversity, Economics and Social Justice

Saturday, 13 August, 2016
ESF Newcomb Campus, Newcomb, NY


Throughout ADAC’s work and at previous symposia we have been told by many people that a truly welcoming and inclusive environment is one that is welcoming and inclusive in day-to-day life, in the world of goods, services and the commerce of a community.  Small things like equality stickers on windows or doors, multicultural displays and signage, or available foods and cosmetics for people of different colors and cultures, make a big difference.  They are essential to fostering a true environment of belonging. 

At the same time the economic opportunities for businesses and organizations that embrace diversity in their marketing, outreach and operations are significant.  In a time of sweeping demographic evolution, and in a Park where economic challenges abound, Adirondack businesses who understand the importance of welcoming a diverse customer base will profit from a much broader and more lucrative market.

This symposium will involve attendees in a dialogue about the intersection of diversity, economics and social justice, and the vital way this intersection can make life better for everyone in the Adirondacks, visitors and residents alike. 



Morning Session – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

·        Coffee and Refreshments

·        Introduction and Welcome

·        Kickoff Presentation: Professor Wallace Ford

·        Morning Panel: Diversity and Economics in the Adirondacks – Stories and Lessons

Session Length: 90 minutes, moderated panel with prepared questions and questions from the audience. This panel discussion featuring economic and business leaders in the Adirondack Park will involve attendees in a lively conversation about diversity and economics, and how the intersection benefits all. 

·        The view from the ADAC Advisory Board


Lunch and Independent Conversation


Afternoon Session 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

·        Keynote Speech: Aaron Mair, President of the Sierra Club

·        ADAC Youth group: 2016 Activities and Vision. 

·        Breakout sessions: brainstorming ideas and projects to promote diversity and economic welfare  

·        Closing comments

·        Reception



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