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Out of One Many People

This is an Adinkra symbol of West Africa, "Siamese crocodiles." It is a symbol of diversity and unity. The Siamese crocodiles share one stomach, yet they fight over food. This symbol is a reminder that infighting and tribalism is harmful to all who engage in it.




Value Promise: By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.

The Diversity Initiative strives to engage women of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.  Our belief is that we must build trust across differences if we are to truly move beyond the rhetoric of acceptance.                                                                 

Diversity Initiative Contact: 
Jacqueline Goffe-McNish  (471-7220)

Program Plans for 2016-17

Theme: Out of One Many People

On going activity:  Preparing bags of cosmetics for the girls' home, Riverhaven 
Contacts: Gwen Higgins, Marcine Humphrey, Carmen McGill and Cameen Rouse


   Date      Location Title Chair


Monthly Meeting 

Talk on Islam

Dr. Nada Halloway


Boardman Rd


 "Dreamer" Diana Cruz
March   Talk on Africa Lawrence Nsereko
June   Trip to Seneca Falls Women’s Museum  
July   Trip to Jamaica    
September   Talk on Transgender Issues  


Diversity Presents Program to AAUW Membership

"Understanding Islam”


On November 10, 2016, Dr Nada Halloway lead us in a discussion of “Understanding Islam.”

After a presentation of the roots of Islam and addressing some of the questions most often asked as rights of women, dress and other outward signs of Islam, there were many interesting questions from the large group that attended.

Dr. Nada Halloway received her PhD in 2004 and an Advanced Certificate in Women’s Studies from Stony Brook, SUNY.  Her areas of specialization include Victorian literature, history, and politics, post-colonial literature and theory and feminist studies, and religion.  She currently teaches at Manhattanville College.

Dr. Nada Halloway & Jacqueline Goffe-McNish      Barbara Hugo & Sherre Wesley

Carol Barmann & Joanne Long adding to the            Peggy Kelland & Celia Serotsky
"pile" of personal items for Riverhaven


Packages of Personal Items for residents at Riverhaven

Diversity Initiative Visits African Burial Ground in NYC

On June 25, 2016, Sherre Wesley-Davis organized a trip for the Diversity Initiative to visit the African Burial Ground in NYC.  The site is the resting place for 419 enslaved Africans and a place of remembrance.  The people and their stories teach us how free and enslaved Africans contributed to the physical, cultural, and spiritual world of Lower Manhattan in colonial times – and to our nation’s beginning.

After our tour of the Visitor Center at 290 Broadway we then spent time at the African Burial Ground National Monument, dedicated on 2007.  Following this our guide led us through the Bowling Green area and pointed out the location of the slave market and other point of interest.  It was a great learning experience for young and old.

S.Wesley, M.Humphrey, M.Nijhuis, G.Higgins     Tour inside the Visitor's Center
at S.Anthony & E.Stanton Corner


Graves containing 419 enslaved Africans    African Burial Ground Nat'l Monument




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