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Forum on diversity set for Tuesday

By Brenda J. Buote
Globe Correspondent / October 16, 2011

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The YWCA of Greater Newburyport is scheduled to hold its second annual fall forum on “Diversity and Housing: Enriching our Community,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at City Hall on Green Street.

Three regional specialists on fair housing, open communities, and the positive impact of increased diversity will lead a discussion to explore how to make Newburyport - with a population that is nearly 95 percent white - and its surrounding communities more welcoming to people of color.

The public is invited to attend this free program and join in the dialogue.

During the session, Barry Bluestone, founding director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and the founding dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, will discuss his study that examines communities that experience increases in minority populations; Westwood Town Administrator Mike Jaillet will address the reasons his town has made increasing its diversity a priority; and Tracy Brown, executive director of the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston, will discuss ways in which communities can work to eliminate housing discrimination.

For more information, visit www.ymcanewburyport.org or call the YWCA Greater Newburyport at 978-465-9922.