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Public Invited to Woods Hole Diversity Day, August 15

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The public is invited to attend the second annual Woods Hole Diversity Day on August 15, 2007 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.  The event is sponsored by six major scientific and educational institutions in Woods Hole and aims to express the importance of understanding and promoting diversity.

At 3:00 PM, Dr. Jamie Hoyte from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government will present a talk titled "Diversity Among Environmental Leaders and the Challenge of Environmental Justice" in the MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) Lillie Auditorium, MBL Street, Woods Hole.  Mr. Robert Nadaeu, Regional Coordinator for MEMA (Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency) Region II will follow with talk titled "Disasters....An Equal Opportunity Destroyer?"  There will be a short question and answer period afterwards.

A celebratory street fest on MBL Street will follow the discussions from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. Events include live music by the Pan Loco Steel Band, free food, displays, a diversity survey, Diversity Day buttons, stickers, donations from local businesses, and participation from local organizations.

Public parking is available in the MBL’s Bar Neck Road parking lot, 33 Bar Neck Road, across from the Woods Hole Yacht Club.

Three years ago the Diversity Initiative was formed to encourage the belief that diversity is a strength needing development in our community.  The events of August 15 will celebrate the third anniversary of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the six local scientific institutions (MBL, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center Woods Hole Laboratory, Sea Education Association, the United States Geological Survey-Woods Hole, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Woods Hole Research Center). For more information on the Diversity Initiative, visit the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee (WHDAC) website, www.woodsholediversity.org.



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