Challenges of a Diverse Community: Government Responds
(Long Island, NY) Suffolk government officials will participate in a public forum on September 30, 2015 at11 a.m. to discuss the unique issues and problems being faced by minority, LGBT, disabled and immigrant residents and how government has been responding. Representatives will be present from the Police, Health, Social Services and Labor Departments as well as from the Human Rights Commission. Rabbi Steven Moss, who is the chairperson of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission, co-chair of the County Anti-Boas Task Force, and vice-chair of CHDHU, will be the moderator.
The community and college students have been invited to a panel discussion of government officials on the response of the public sector to the increasingly diversecommunity living in Suffolk County. This program, developed by the Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity & Human Understanding, Inc. in partnership with faculty at Suffolk County Community College, is in continuation of a series initiated in 2014 designed to explore the life experienced by minorities and immigrants in Suffolk County, develop empathy for their circumstances and create a culture of acceptance.
Breakout sessions scheduled for October 5 at 11 a.m. are intended to allow for dialogue with government officials and the development of action strategies to address the problems encountered by minorities and immigrants. One session will focus on law enforcement; the other will focus on human services, including social services, health and veterans services.
- September 30, 2015; 11 am – 12:15 pm
- Shea Theatre, Islip Arts Building
- Suffolk County Community College
- Ammerman Campus in Selden
- Police: Officer Terrance Buckley, Community Response Bureau
- Health: Dr. Gregson Pigott, Medical Program Director
- Labor: Vanessa Pugh, Chief Deputy Commissioner
- Social Services: Traci Barnes, Assistant Commissioner
- Human Rights: Mary Porter, Executive Director
- Rabbi Steven Moss
- Judge Glenn Murphy, Supervising Judge of the District Court
- Shannon O’Neill, Director of Veterans Affairs, Suffolk County Community College
- October 5, 2015; 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Law enforcement: Islip Arts Building Building, Room 117
Human services: Eaton’s Neck Room, Babylon Student Center