Westchester County Human Rights Commission to Host Virtual Panel Discussion Entitled “Acknowledging Racism & Bringing a Path Forward”

Opening Remarks by County Executive George Latimer will be followed by a panel discussion.

(White Plains, NY) – The Westchester County Human Rights Commission is hosting a kick-off discussion entitled “Acknowledging Racism and Building a Path Forward.” The virtual event will take place on Thursday, July 16 at 6p.m. County Executive George Latimer will provide opening remarks.

Latimer said: “We as a County, and society, must openly discuss these issues to ensure a way toward finding resolution. This discussion, and the outstanding panel, aim to start us on that path. I commend the work of the Human Rights Commission to make this event come to fruition – even in the midst of a global pandemic.”

Four dynamic panelists will discuss their personal experiences with race and building a path forward. The panelists include:
· NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins;
· Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard;
· Greenburgh Town Councilman Ken Jones; and
· Civil Rights Attorney Mayo Bartlett. 

Registration is required. Interested individuals can register via email humanrights@westchestergov.com. 

Human Rights Commission Executive Director Tejash Sanchala said: “The first step forward is to acknowledge racism in its many forms including systemic, overt and implicit. We felt this was an important discussion to have at this time.”

This is a first in a series of conversations that the Commission will hold on race as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. A copy of the flyer for the event is attached.

About Westchester County  
Westchester County, located in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, covers 500 square miles and has a population of just under a million. Originally home to Native Americans, who were members of the Lenape tribe, it is today a rich mix of many cultures and landscapes. The County is a blend of bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque towns as well as open spaces and a network of beautiful parks. Westchester is made up of 6 cities, 19 towns and 20 villages. Westchester County is known for top-notch public schools, and a high quality of life. The County is also an intellectual capital, boasting a highly educated workforce, competitive colleges and universities, Fortune 500 companies, world changing non-profits, and cutting-edge research centers. Westchester is led by County Executive George Latimer, who took office in January 2018 as the ninth County Executive. Using inclusion and openness as a foreground, Latimer is fighting to make Westchester a destination for all people to live, work and enjoy. Learn more about Westchester County by visiting www.westchestergov.com