Vermont Professionals of Color Network (VT PoC) exists to advance networking and career development opportunities for its members, to increase civic engagement, to grow generations of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) leaders to join the ranks of leadership and management, and to economically empower BIPOC organizations, businesses and entrepreneurs in the state of Vermont.
VT PoC acknowledges that the space we take up is on lands that have been a site of convergence and cultural exchange, nurtured and stewarded by ongoing generations of Indigenous communities, including the Western Abenaki.
The Western Abenaki refer to this land as Ndakinna [in-DAH-kee-NAH], which translates to “homeland.” We recognize the trauma caused by the violence and forced displacement inflicted upon these communities due to colonization. With humility, we understand ourselves as guests on this land. We hold deep reverence for the profound Indigenous knowledge ingrained in this space. Our commitment lies in uplifting and honoring the presence of Indigenous voices, histories, peoples, and cultures within our community. We express gratitude for the opportunity of enjoying this beautiful land and are dedicated to its protection and preservation.
Advancing the prosperity of all Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), also known as People of the Global Majority, in Vermont by:
- driving a new era of professional mobility
- promoting their entrepreneurial ventures
- nurturing a powerful professional network
At Vermont Professionals of Color Network, we serve:
Build capacity for youth (16-22) of color to access educational and experiential opportunities, menteeship, college and early career opportunities.
Facilitate networking and career development, expose employment opportunities, and increase knowledge and civic engagement in the BIPOC community.
Create opportunities for thought leaders / cultural and professional competence councilors to become advocates and ambassadors for the next generations of leaders of Color.
Organizations / Businesses / Entrepreneurs
Empower BIPOC organizations, businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources, community and talent to stimulate and sustain economic and social growth.
The VT PoC Network invites all BIPOC and non-BIPOC individuals and organizations to support our mission through sponsorship of networking opportunities, civic engagement, and career advancement opportunities, sustaining financial support and spreading the word about our mission.