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Forum 35 Announces Three Part Cultural Diversity Series

Wednesday, August 10, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erinn Sala
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Forum 35 Announces Three Part Cultural Diversity Series

BATON ROUGE – Forum 35 will host a three part cultural diversity series to address community relations, socioeconomics, and charting a path forward in order to promote productive conversation on the issues facing our community.


All three forums are free and open to the public and will be held at Capitol Park Museum in downtown Baton Rouge from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. They will be formatted as moderated panels followed by breakout discussions, with panelists and moderator to be announced. The three part series will be held on:


·         Tuesday, August 23 – Community Relations

·         Tuesday, September 13 – Socioeconomic Landscape

·         Tuesday, October 11 – Charting a Path Forward


The road to progress presents many difficult challenges. It is our strong belief that true change requires peaceful action. It requires each of us to show up, to talk to one another, and to listen to one another with empathy. The work of Forum 35—centering around our core pillars of arts & culture, diversity, and leadership—is crucial to creating the community that we all want to live in.


"Diversity is one of Forum 35’s core pillars. It is the mission of Forum's Cultural Diversity Committee to create and facilitate dialogue, activities and events that promote diversity, inclusiveness, social awareness and advocacy,” stated Terrence Merkerson, Cultural Diversity chair. “We believe that it is crucially important to host a series of this nature, not only to discuss the recent string of events that have plagued our community, but also to understand the underlying factors responsible for creating the climate in which these kinds of incidents can occur. If we have a better understanding of what created this environment, we will have a much better chance of reconciliation so that together, we can build a better Baton Rouge."


Recent events underscore the importance of our mission and the critical role our members play in building a city that fosters constructive dialogue, mutual respect, inclusiveness and pride. We challenge you to show up and be part of the solution by participating in the three forums.


For more information regarding the forums, please visit and our calendar of events. Details will be posted as confirmed.


About Forum 35
Forum 35 is an all-volunteer community comprised of over 600 young men and women improving Baton Rouge. Forum 35’s initiatives are focused around three core pillars: Arts & Culture, Leadership, and Cultural Diversity. Forum 35 is a nonprofit organization that depends on individual membership and the generosity of corporate partners including L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, Entergy and Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers. For more information about Forum 35 visit Connect with Forum 35 on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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