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Charlestown's Diversity & Inclusion Council Celebrates Individualism

April 1, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (April 1, 2015) --  In 2010, the Charlestown Diversity & Inclusion Council (DIC) was formed as a team dedicated to celebrating diversity and creating a more inclusive community that respects and appreciates individual differences.

The DIC endorses a broad definition of diversity, and seeks to provide programs and resources that enhance knowledge and encourage understanding of diversity.  The group is comprised of both staff and resident members.

The DIC meets once a month to discuss and plan ways to promote and strengthen cultural diversity among staff and residents.

Members of the DIC are:

Yvonne Rice (Chair)

Vinson Bankoski

Mary Evans, (Vice Chair)

Tom Moore

Natosha Bomgardner

Dean Crawford

Lisa Purkey

Pat Kasuda

Sarah Chrzanowski

Phyllis Lansing

Alexandria Kareem                         

Michelle Fenn

The DIC sponsors several community events throughout the year that promote awareness of cultural diversity.  Some of the events that have been  sponsored are:

Black History Month (dramatic monologues, daily trivia, food demonstration)

Women's History Month Showcase

National Day of Prayer Event

Trip to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

International Extravaganza (ethnic displays, music, dance, food)

One Maryland One Book Event

Community Tree Trimming Event

An Evening with Foreign Exchange Students

Another way DIC fulfills its mission is through community outreach.  It has partnered with residents and sponsored a food drive through the collection of macaroni and cheese for Our Daily Bread, and it has hosted several children from the Children's Home in Catonsville providing a fun evening for them here at Charlestown. 

Upcoming DIC-sponsored events this year include:

"Stuck in the Middle"

National Autism Awareness Month Documentary

Wednesday, April 29, 2015: 1:30 pm  (Auditorium)

Come and experience 17 year old Robbie Lerubino's personal journey with autism.

National Day of Prayer

Thursday, May 7, 2015: 2 pm (Continuing Care Neighborhood Meeting Hall)

Mumbai native Dipak Shah Sings Folk Songs We Love

Tuesday, June 2, 2015: 1:00pm  (Auditorium)

"Cooking with Dean"

Tuesday, June 16, 2015: 11:00 am  (Auditorium)

Join Dean Crawford, Charlestown Medical Center Practice Administrator,

for a cultural cooking experience.

5th Annual International Fashion Extravaganza

Wednesday, July 29, 2015: 11 am – 1 pm  (Conference Center)

Fruits of Our Labor

Thursday, September 17, 2015: 11 am – 2 pm  (Cross Creek)

One Maryland One Book Event

Book Selection:  The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest

for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

October 2015: TBD  (Auditorium)