Support the Adirondack Diversity Initiative!

By Adirondack Diversity Initiative

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The Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI) develops and promotes strategies to help the Adirondack region and its nearby communities become more welcoming and inclusive of all New Yorkers, both visitors and residents: a more inclusive Adirondacks will benefit the economic, social, cultural, and political health of the communities within.

To date, our work has been entirely supported by volunteers and affiliates. Your gifts help us:

  • Pay for transportation and program expenses for Youth Exchange trips
  • Underwrite cultural programming that promotes diversity
  • Bring in speakers and trainers to lead workshops

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From its founding in 2014, ADI developed an organizational structure built around equity and cooperative
decision-making with over 30 affiliate members. Accomplishments include:

  • Facilitating diversity workshops and education sessions
  • Coordinating a regional youth exchange program promoting diversity and nature
  • Marketing and outreach to minorities and the LGBTQ community
  • Hosting an annual symposium with over a hundred attendees
  • Leadership in creating formal alliances with over three dozen organizations
  • Establishing a strong advisory network from outside the Park, including recognized experts on diversity

Our goals moving forward:

  • Continue to develop and hold training sessions, workshops and symposia.
  • Develop a presentation and toolkit, with key messages, based on data, to every chamber of commerce and tourism agency within and surrounding the Adirondack Park.
  • Outreach to diverse populations near the Park, build alliances, undertake diverse marketing initiatives and focus on the intersection between diversity, social justice and economic issues.
  • Establish an ADIC Youth Committee where young people from within and outside the Park join together for shared projects, outings and team building exercises both in the Adirondacks and in urban centers. Specifically develop high school and college connections and relationships.
  • Develop a plan to address diversity through the arts and cultural events in the Park.
  • Develop and strengthen the Adirondack Diversity Initiative¬†to respond to national flashpoints, increase its influence and ability to execute its mission.

ADI is a coalition of individuals, organizations, and businesses. Adirondack Foundation, an affiliate, will accept gifts from this campaign.

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