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Multicultural BRIDGE Annual Awards Ceremony

posted Sep 6, 2016, 11:13 AM by Jv Hampton-VanSant   [ updated Sep 9, 2016, 11:58 AM ]
Multicultural BRIDGE Annual Awards Ceremony 
With special guest, Peggie McIntosh
Lee, MA,September 8, 2016– On the evening of Nov. 17th BRIDGE will be honoring Reverend Natalie Shiras, Eugenie Sills and Marcia Savage with our new Peggy McIntosh Equity and Justice Award. Dr. McIntosh will be the keynote for Our Annual Awards Ceremony will include our Cultural Competence Award, MaryAnn and Bob Norris Community Stewardship Awards, Youth Activist, and Servant Leadership Award.

Peggy McIntosh is our Keynote and we are naming an award after her to give to Natalie Shiras, Marcia Savage, and Eugenie Sills. We will continue with our Multicultural BRIDGE Cultural Competence Award to Wuane Johnstone, Dr. Jennifer Michaels, Marlena Willis and Ty Jackson. And we will give the MaryAnn and Bob Norris Community Stewardship Award to Chief Wynn and John Bissell . Our Young Activist Award goes to Alex Leonard and Elizabeth Orenstein. Multicultural BRIDGE Servant Leadership Award to Tommie Hutto-Blake and Nataly Garzon.

In previous years, BRIDGE has honored members from all over for their tremendous part in their individual communities. In 2010, BRIDGE honored Governor Deval Patrick who showed an extreme amount of dedication to integrating cultural competency, moral and value systems into the overall job of governing. In 2013, co-founders of BRIDGE MaryAnn and Bob Norris, and former Mayor James Ruberto were honored for their support since the beginning of BRIDGE. This year BRIDGE will be implementing the Peggy McIntosh Award in the honor of Peggy McIntosh and her work in gender equity and as a white ally in racial justice . The first awardees are Reverend Natalie Shiras for her incredible service to Multicultural BRIDGE and its related programs for 7 years while advocating for reparations and racial equity in religious sectors. Dr. Marcia Savage for her long-term dedication to women’s health and rights. And finally Eugenie Sills for her professional dedication to women’s voices and the lifting up of African American Voices in the Berkshires.

Peggy McIntosh is a New York born feminist and anti-racism activist who is known for her 1988 opinion piece entitled, “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work in Women's Studies”. In which she very carefully explores white and male privilege that has enveloped into our society, privileges that to her seem to interlock. Within her, she makes a very strong point in listing 46 daily advantages she herself, faces as a white woman.

Peggy now is the founder and Senior Associate of the SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) a program that targets at educating various groups of people and fighting for inclusion. Within in the program, she teaches the Gender, Race, and Inclusive Education Project which provides workshops centered on privilege, feelings of fraudulence, and diversifying workplaces, curricula, and teaching methods.

We are collecting major sponsorships for the ceremony that can have an opportunity for a pre-talk with Peggy McIntosh. Contact us if your business or organization is interested in sponsoring a table at the event. Early tickets will be sold at the price of 45$. In the month of September, they will be sold at the price of 55$.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Gwendolyn at (413) 394 4029 or email atadminsupport@multiculturalbridge.org.

Peggy McIntosh