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"Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance."
- Verna Myers (from “Moving Diversity Forward”)
Mecca Santana on Twitter

Mecca Santana, New York State Chief Diversity Officer

Women’s Leadership Alliance International Women’s Day 2014: Inspiring Change

“Women’s Leadership Alliance International Women’s Day 2014: Inspiring Change,” March 8, 2014

New York State MWBE Forum, October 3, 2014

New York State MWBE Forum, October 3, 2014

New York State Bar Association Career Development Conference, January 27, 2014

New York State Bar Association Career Development Conference, January 27, 2014

Somos el Futuro Spring Conference: Latina Empowerment Panel, March 22, 2014

Somos el Futuro Spring Conference: Latina Empowerment Panel, March 22, 2014

“Exploring the Role of the Diversity Professional” at New York Law School

“Exploring the Role of the Diversity Professional” at New York Law School, March 25, 2014

Women's Leadership Panel, Sino-American Friends Foundation "Empowering Women through Design 2014" Conference at the United Nations, July 18, 2014

Empire State Development Corporation Hudson Valley Regional MWBE Expo, August 5, 2014

Chief Diversity Officer

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“While other states say we’re afraid of diversity; while other states are building fences; we say we’re excited by the diversity. We welcome the diversity. The diversity is what made us in the first place, and we believe we can take that diversity and we can take those differences and we can make one from those differences. We believe we can forge community from the people we welcome here. The concept of community is ‘we’re all in this together’ – there is a cord that connects you to you to you and that cord weaves a fabric, and when one of us is raised we’re all raised and when one of us is lowered we’re all lowered, because we’re part of one community and we’re part of one fabric. That is what made New York great...” -Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, 2014 State of the State Address

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