AMERICAN DIVERSITY REPORT LAUNCHES OUTREACH
CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY & INCLUSION,
CROSS-CULTURAL COMPETENCE, COUNTERACT HATE
Free Online Resources Available to Improve Education, Communication & Training
CHATTANOOGA, TN — The American Diversity Report, an award-winning digital multimedia platform, today announced a new outreach campaign to raise public awareness and enhance understanding of critically important issues of diversity, inclusion, cross cultural competence, and counteracting hate.
Those interested in supporting the online initiative – including corporate America, academia, philanthropists, advocacy groups and individuals – can visit Boost American Diversity Report GoFundMe Campaign to consider a small donation of $10, $25 or more. The page also includes a video message from Editor-in-Chief Deborah Levine, who founded the American Diversity Report (ADR) 15 years ago and has single-handedly managed it despite chronic illness.
She added: “Vital support from the public will help optimize the ADR’s capacity, increase accessibility, and modernize the design for a broader reach and readership. Everyone can learn and benefit from the free educational resources available through the ADR. This is especially important in our increasingly multiracial, multiethnic and multicultural society.”
Levine has been a nationally-recognized diversity futurist and change agent for 30 years. She was recently named by Forbes magazine as a top Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazer. She is also an award-winning author of 15 books, as well as an opinion columnist for The ChattanoogaTimes Free Press newspaper.
Among her many achievements, Levine received the Champion of Diversity Award from DiversityBusiness.com, the Excellence Award from the Tennessee Economic Council on Women, and the Chattanooga Award for Management Consulting. Her published articles span decades in journals and magazines including, The American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Public Management & Social Policy, The Bermuda Magazine, and The Harvard Divinity School Bulletin. A former blogger for The Huffington Post, Levine has been featured on C-SPAN Book TV and other media venues.
Why I created the ADR and
Why we need your support
When asked why I created the American Diversity Report(ADR), I’m tempted to answer that diversity is in my DNA. I was brought up as the only Jewish little girl on the 24 square miles of British Bermuda in a family that immigrated from Russian territories. When we moved to New York, I was bullied for my colonial British accent and found comfort in the music, dance, and folktales of diverse cultures. I played the violin, performed ballet, and wrote stories and poems to express my sense of exclusion. When illness prevented all other expression, reading became my world and writing became my voice.
Two decades ago, I had to resign my job as an executive director of a Jewish Federation because I’d almost died on a mission to Uzbekistan, diversity again surfaced as my passion. But this time, I wanted to leave a legacy that would change the world. I created the Women’s Council on Diversity along with a community Global Leadership Course and a Youth Multicultural video contest. But of all my creations, the American Diversity Report is closest to my heart.