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Alison Wescott,  Co-Chair

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New DEI Logo March 31 2022

Our Commitment to Diversity

LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy.  It is a fundamental value of the organization and belongs alongside our hallmark of nonpartisanship.

At the LWVUS biennium convention 2020 in June, hundreds of League delegates from across the nation voted to enhance our organization's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by moving it from a resolution to a policy.  This change was very significant.  Prior to this change the only policy that the national League enforced at a governance level was our nonpartisan policy.  Now, our commitment to DEI is on par with our commitment to nonpartisanship.  

"We, as an organization acknowledge our own difficult history with racism while we embrace our future, where DEI will become part of our DNA."

--Deborah Turner, from her address at the 2020 National Convention


DEI Events Around Town & Beyond

Wednesday October 19, 7:00 to 8:15 pm

The Bridges Dialogue will host a fascinating discussion on Interfaith Relations led by Rabbi Adam Miller, the Senior Rabbi at Temple Shalom in Naples, Florida.  He will share his time as a student at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa OK, his work with Temple Beth El in Chappaqua NY, with Antioch Baptist Church in Bedford Hills NY, with the Westchester Youth Alliance, and more.  There will be an opportunity for questions and engagement from all participants. Through this dialogue the hope is to encourage a greater understanding and respect for all religions and beliefs.  For more information contact Abe Levy.

Wednesday October 19, 4:00 pm


Watch  Movies that Matter:   “The Best of Enemies” and participate in a discussion with members of the Bridges Dialogue by Zoom - $5 per discussion ticket with registration

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You can pre-watch the movie on Amazon Prime Video for $2.99 and up or on many other streaming platforms. This movie is based on the true story of the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader.  During the racially charged summer of 1971, they come together to co-chair a community summit on the desegregation of schools in Durham NC.

The Panelists are

  • Vincent Keeys, President, Collier County NAACP
  • Kathy Schillreff, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Marco Island, & Member of the Diocese of Venice's Race and Reconciliation Committee
  • Brian Lipton, Regional Director, West Coast Florida, American Jewish Committee.
Check out additional films in this series and order tickets and other registration options.


November 13, 2pm  


Don’t miss the inaugural fundraiser for Naples’ Black History Baggage Car, “Jazz on the Lawn” featuring World-Class Jazz Trombone Wycliffe Gordon, winner of the prestigious “Louie Award”.   Gates open at 2 p.m. at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex. Bring your friends, lawn chairs and blankets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.   Tickets are $45 general, and $100 VIP Learn more and purchase tickets

DEI Events Online - Starting October 1
Reading Rushdie Together with the Chataqua Institution

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As we continue hoping for Sir Salman Rushdie’s recovery, we also want to keep him in our thoughts. One way to do so might be to spend time getting to know his works better. We invite you to embark on a reading journey with us as we read one of his most famous novels, the Booker of Bookers prize winner, Midnight’s Children
Published in 1981, Midnight’s Children reimagined the history of India’s transition from British Colonial rule to independence and partition through the life of its main character Saleem Sinai. Forty-one years after its publication, Midnight’s Children is still considered "one of the most important books to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation" (New York Review of Books). 
Together we will read 10 pages of the novel each day starting on Oct. 1. Each day we will post a sentence or short reflection on the passage read on our Literary Arts social media pages around noontime. We ask that you add your voice to this. For those of you who are not on social media, please, share your reflections directly with us by email a
As Henry Reese said in his piece for the 
New York Times, “we are an intentional community of readers.” While we ask that you join us personally, we encourage you to invite your family, your book club, or your organization to read with you and hold discussions among yourselves.
If you do not already have a copy of Midnight’s Children, you can purchase one from the Chautauqua Bookstore in person or 
online. You can also stop by the Smith Library on the Institution’s grounds or your local library to borrow a copy of the novel.


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