Mayor Carlo DeMaria recently announced a new program for city employees titled “Lunch and Learn.” This new initiative, which was crafted by the city’s new Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Cathy Draine, gives city employees the opportunity to join together and share a meal while listening to their colleagues’ experiences and areas of expertise.
“Each of our employees comes from a different background and have endured different obstacles that have led them where they are today. I am hopeful that this new initiative will allow for a healthy exchange of ideas while creating a more robust sense of community,” said DeMaria.
Each month will include of a different topic as well as different presenter(s). February’s program focused on Haiti’s importance in the movement for freedom and beyond – as well as current issues impacting the Haitian community – and was held by Monica Ulysse and Mirlande Felissaint. March’s meeting will focus on Women’s History Month.