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Upcoming Cultural Diversity Forums:


Forum 35, Baton Rouge's largest young professionals organization, is holding their first ever "Ed Talks" education panel to engage Baton Rouge citizens in current topics surrounding public education in our community. This free community event will take place on Thursday, March 29 at Capitol Park Museum from 6-8 p.m. Panelists include: Verdie Batiste, Managing Director of Impact for City Year Baton Rouge; Dr. Belinda Davis, Associate Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University, Chris Meyers, Founder and CEO of New Schools for Baton Rouge; Adam Smith, Associate Superintendent for East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

This panel will help the public develop an understanding of how public schools (both traditional and charter schools) operate and how they are governed. It will also discuss issues that Baton Rouge public schools face such as funding, inequality, resources (and lack thereof), as well as what young professionals can do to support our public schools.

This event is free and open to the public. Online registration is not required for entrance, but is recommended as space is limited. Community members can register online here. 


About Cultural Diversity Committee: 


The purpose of the cultural diversity initiative is to help build a Forum 35 that represents the community we live in. This is done by promoting dialogue, discussion, and activities that expose our current membership to Baton Rouge's rich and diverse culture. With our enthusiasm and support we hope to also encourage those we meet to join us in our journey towards a Baton Rouge that embraces difference.


Blue Cross Blue Shield awarded the Cultural Diversity Committee with a grant to create and implement a bi-monthly conversations focused on diversity around Baton Rouge. Since its inception, we hosted several conversations ranging from "What Color is 3rd Street”, "One Latino’s Perspective”, "The Quality of Life of the LGBT Community” and many more. The committee has truly been inspired by the response of the community and look forward to developing new conversations centered focused on diversity.

The Cultural Diversity Project Committee has hosted and participated in several events including:

  • Dealing with Dis-ease, A discussion on HIV/AIDS Awareness
  • Southern University 2008 & 2009 Homecoming Parade
  • Sunday in the Park Music Series-Shaw Center of the Arts (Downtown) 
  • Brotherhood & Sisterhood Dinner 
  • Baton Rouge Blues Week 
  • 100 Black Men
  • Panels on timely issues such as human trafficking, public education and more

We look forward to partnering with others in the communities to foster diversity throughout the city of Baton Rouge. 


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