Gwendolyn Hampton-VanSant, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Gwendolyn Hampton-VanSant is CEO and founding Director of Multicultural BRIDGE (2007), a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting cultural competence and integration of diverse groups in Western Massachusetts. Additonally Gwendolyn serves as an appointed official on the Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women as Chairwoman. In 2014/15, Gwendolyn designed and hosted a Civil Rights Conference featuring US Attorney Carmen Ortiz; designed employee and supervisor training corporation wide in cultural proficiency and microinequities at King Arthur Flour; published and authored an anthology, Berkshire Mosaic: A Multicultural BRIDGE Living History Project; and finally in March 2015, Multicultural BRIDGE was cited in criminal psychology/justice textbook Understanding Hate Crimes (Carolyn Petrosino, Routledge) as a best community-based practice.
Ms. Hampton-VanSant, diversity leader and trainer, bilingual certified interpreter, and community activist/organizer, designs curriculum for workplace language classes as well as highly customizable cultural competency, literacy & proficiency training. She provides multicultural education curriculum for faculty, students, and parents of all ages and professional, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds rooted in cultural competence, diversity leadership and positive psychology. Designing diverse speaker series, civil rights conferences, community forums and facilitating tough systemic conversations, Gwendolyn has established herself as an expert in diversity leadership and cultural competence. She has worked with corporations, schools, colleges & universities, law enforcement, hospitals, teaching and leadership institutes and more.
Ms. Hampton-VanSant (Bard College, 1992) has been trained by the Leadership Institute for Political & Public Impact (Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts LIPPI); National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), Options Institute: International Training and Learning Center; People's Institute for Survival & Beyond; National Area Health Education Center (AHEC) & certification in Positive Psychology (Kripalu and Wholebeing Institute.) She has received citations by Governor Patrick (2010), Smitty Pignatelli and Senator Ben Downing, Chamber of Commerce (2012), Women of Color Giving Circle (2009) and the Immigrant Community of the Berkshires (2011).
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