The Celebration of Suburban Diversity Dinner recognizes that one of the strengths of our region is its multicultural richness, powered by a growing minority and immigrant population. Presented by the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University® (NCSS) and the Suburban Diversity 2018 committee, this year’s banquet takes place on Tuesday, November 13, at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY. The program includes a packed lineup of entertainment, awards, artwork and esteemed speakers.
“This dinner is about embracing diversity, about bringing people together and raising money to support research into diversity and sustainability,” said Lawrence Levy, executive dean of NCSS. “Years ago the suburbs were a mostly white community with pockets of people of color. That has changed dramatically. The suburbs now have more new immigrants than central cities. It is a place of change, and if we are going to succeed we need to embrace the newcomers.”
Proceeds from the dinner benefit diversity-related scholarships, research, and community-based initiatives, including Hofstra’s Faculty Diversity Research and Curriculum Development Grants and an LGBTQQIA Research Initiative Award.
NCSS also supports minority interns or non-minority students working in diverse communities. Proceeds may also fund NCSS’s partnerships with community organizations like Erase Racism, Long Island Latino Teachers Association, the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, the Long Island Arts Alliance, the Interfaith Nutrition Network, ELIJA Farm, and United Cerebral Palsy of Suffolk, among other organizations.
Banquet honorees include keynote speaker Richard Cavallaro, former President and CEO of Skanska USA Civil; Isha Mehta, MD, Chief of Gynecology, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst; ELIJA Farm CSA and Debora Thivierge, Executive Director; and the Center for Civic Engagement at Hofstra University. Additionally, the recipients of the Bethpage Federal Credit Union High School Diversity Essay Scholarship will be announced.
Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 6:30 p.m. Business or ethnic dress is encouraged. For more information, call 516-463-9939.