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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, July 15, 2017 1:00 am

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Diversity discussion gains momentum

Diversity is a term that has come to mean both the presence and the acceptance of difference among people. The concept may comprise differences in thinking, background and outlook in addition to race, gender, age and sexual orientation.

“Us Together” is a Leadership Fort Wayne project aimed at getting local people talking about that concept.

It's a vital topic many of us are uncomfortable raising.

The group already has hosted discussions on diversity as it applies to the community and to the workplace.

Wednesday, Us Together concludes its discussion series with a panel on “Diversity in Politics.” The program, part of the Embassy Theatre's Summer Nights Series, begins at 6 p.m. There is a $5 admission charge, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Panelists will be Stephanie Spirer Crandall, Fort Wayne's director of intergovernmental affairs; G. Herb Hernandez, who is said to have been the first Hispanic to be elected to political office in Allen County when he was elected to the Allen County Council in 2000; Andrew Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW; Allen County Councilwoman Sharon Tucker; and Michelle Chambers, who was the top Democratic vote-getter in the 2015 at-large race for City Council. The panel will be moderated by the city's community liaison, Palermo Galindo.

Though Fort Wayne is in many ways an accepting and tolerant community, our city and our state have a ways to go on political diversity. Talking about what it could mean for us is a step forward.