Burlington Ward 7 City Councilor Ali Dieng interviews the General Manager of Burlington Electric Department, Darren Springer.
Host Ali Dieng is joined by Stephanie Seguino, UVM Economics Professor, and Mark Hughes, Executive Director of Justice For All, to discuss the Burlington Resolution Relating to Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Burlington prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive community. As the largest and most diverse city in the State of Vermont, we have the opportunity to be leaders in highlighting the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion, not just through our words but through our actions.
This resolution is an important step in this direction. It creates a senior position in city government to guide and support city leaders and departments in becoming more diverse, equitable and inclusive internally, and across all that we do in Burlington. It also creates a committee of the city council focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, a committee that will be tasked with exploring the idea of a standing commission on these critical issues.
Our city, no doubt, faces many challenges, but we have learned that the diversity of our community is one of our greatest strengths. We cannot take this diversity for granted. We must work diligently to ensure that everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity, age, ability or country of origin, is fully included in the fabric of our community life, and this must be done with great intention and focus.
Like the whole state, Burlingtonians are aging. 1 in 4 Vermonters are age 60+. By 2030 it will be 1 in 3. We all have this in common – we are all aging. So, how can we make Burlington a place where WE ALL can age well?
Host Ali Dieng is joined by Cindy Wight, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront; Gail Moreau, Former Executive Director at the Heineberg Community Senior Center and current Board Chair; and Jane Knodell, Former City Councilor and City Rep at the Heineberg Community Senior Center Study Committee.
The 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote, was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920. In the 21st century, we have seen a substantial amount of women (and young women in particular) running campaigns and winning elections in the U.S. and around the globe. Women who, like 38-year-old New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (the world’s youngest female head of state), are redefining leadership.
Today, Ali is joined by two incredible young women and activists in our community — Perri Freeman, newly elected Central District City Councilor, and Jane Stromberg, Ward 1 Inspector of Elections — to discuss the power of young women in politics and how their success indicates a better and brighter future for all of us.