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Newburgh SUNY Roundtable Discussion On May 20 To Focus On Diversity Issues

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Newburgh  SUNY Roundtable Discussion On May 20 To Focus On Diversity Issues 

NEWBURGH – Just like politics and religion, cultural, ethnic and class issues are usually not discussed in public settings. But an upcoming panel discussion seeks to rewrite that narrative.

A roundtable discussion on cultural sensitivity will be held on Monday, May 20 at Kaplan Hall’s Great Room 101 at SUNY Orange (Newburgh Campus), 1 Washington Center, Newburgh. The event will begin at 6:30pm. Billed as an opportunity for those within or about to enter the human service field to speak on sensitive issues that may impact them and their clients, it’s also a chance to hear from folks on the receiving end of services from area providers. Organized by SUNY Empire State College and the Human Services Collaborative in conjunction caseworker Courtney Allen – a Newburgh native who has worked in human services for over 15 years – the event is designed to bring issues that are not often talked about to the table for an honest and open dialogue.

“I put this together after some culturally insensitive things were said by a speaker at a recent training,” Allen said. “I believe that understanding starts with understanding.”

Allen, who is producing the upcoming documentary “Human Service Commandments,” will have subjects from the project as panelists and moderators for the Roundtable. “You cannot serve a people you don’t understand,” she adds. “Who better to open this conversation than people in the field?”  For more information, call 845.590.3944

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