Newsletter

April 1, 2024
Spotlight on Myra Flynn

Our member spotlight is on Myra Flynn (she/her)! Myra is a musician and journalist who has been in Vermont for 38 years. Currently, she splits her time between Brookfield, VT, […]

Newsletter Vol. 4 No. 4 – April 2024

NAVIGATION Mentorship Is Key To Being Successful Personally and Professionally In Vermont by Alfonso Villegas Vermont is a small state. As a new attorney, I quickly learned that the bar […]

March 4, 2024
Newsletter Vol. 4 No. 3 – March 2024

NAVIGATION “There’s no (linguistic) diversity in Vermont.” by Isabella Paredes Mendoza I came to Vermont in August 2021 to start my college career. I was nineteen years old, paranoid about […]

Spotlight on Tony Tukai

Our member spotlight is on Tony Tukai (he/him)! Excited to be part of a community of great individuals in Vermont, Tony was born in Kenya and relocated to Burlington in […]

February 5, 2024
Spotlight on Thomas Renner

Our member spotlight is on Thomas Renner (he/him)! He has been in Vermont for 17 years and can be found at councilorrenner on Instagram. When Thomas wasn’t originally planning to […]

Newsletter Vol. 4 No. 2 – February 2024

NAVIGATION PoC in Speculative Fiction by Jordyn Gibbs-Faust Picture this: it’s 2002. I’m leaving the movie theater with my father and step-brother, heart still racing from the zombie-filled claustrophobia of […]

January 2, 2024
Newsletter Vol. 4 No. 1 – January 2024

NAVIGATION BUILDING THE FOUNDATION Happy New Year, everyone! Although my words are reaching you on January 2nd, it’s truly an honor to share this special message with you and to […]

Spotlight on Airon Shaw

Our member spotlight is on Airon Shaw, VT PoC’s Technical Assistance and Research Coordinator / Community Support Coordinator. She holds a Master’s Degree in Restorative Justice from Vermont Law and […]

December 4, 2023
Newsletter Vol. 3 No. 12 – December 2023

NAVIGATION WRAPPING UP THE YEAR What a year it has been for our community… There have been some great highs, such as being able to host more large-scale gatherings as […]

November 6, 2023
Newsletter Vol. 3 No. 11 – November 2023

NAVIGATION National Native American (Indigenous) Heritage Month The leaves have all but fallen and our minds are shifting from leaf-peeping to snow season, or at least mine is. It’s November, […]

October 2, 2023
Newsletter Vol. 3 No. 10 – October 2023

NAVIGATION RACISM IN HEALTHCARE Addressing racism in healthcare is often seen as a complex problem without a simple solution. Health-related scenarios involve many factors that make each patient unique with […]

Spotlight on Miller Celestin and Anisha Rimal

Our member spotlights are on Miller Celestin (pictured top) and Anisha Rimal (pictured bottom), who are developing a mentorship program called Finding Affinity and Mentorship (FAM) for BIPOC nursing and […]

September 5, 2023
Newsletter Vol. 3 No. 9 – Sept 2023

NAVIGATION AN OPEN LETTER FROM A COMMUNITY MEMBER Preface Dylan Rhymaun Every month, VT PoC shines a spotlight on a member of the community. These usually take the form of […]

August 7, 2023
Newsletter Vol. 3 No. 8 – Aug 2023

NAVIGATION Finding Strength in Community After Disaster On July 10, 2023, most of Central Vermont flooded as a result of two-months worth of rain that fell over only two days. […]

July 28, 2023
Q2 Donor Newsletter

Dear supporters of the Vermont Professionals of Color Network, We are thrilled to share how our organization is growing in all aspects: in membership, employees, influence, and financially. Weiwei and […]

July 3, 2023
Newsletter Vol. 3 No. 7 – July 2023

NAVIGATION Making the AI future work for you This month, we are focusing on the relationship between AI and the BIPOC community. For those who stay up to date with […]

Spotlight on Coumba Win

Our member spotlight is on Coumba Win, a web designer based in Burlington, VT, who relocated from New York to attend school at Middlebury College. She appreciates the characteristics that […]

May 1, 2023
Spotlight on Ahmad Yassir

Website: www.ahmadyassir.com LinkedIn: @ahmad-yassir Our member spotlight this month is on Ahmad Yassir, an artist and media specialist based in Bennington, VT who relocated from Lebanon to attend school at Bennington […]

December 7, 2021
Spotlight on Monika Ganguly-Kiefner

Name: Monika Ganguly-Kiefner Pronouns: she/her Current Town: Clarendon Years in VT: 18 years total (not consecutively) Industry: Public Health Profession: Chronic Disease Prevention Specialist for the Vermont Department of Health […]

December 6, 2021
Newsletter Vol 1 No 12

BIPOC in the Outdoors Our home state of “Vermont” is known nationally for winter sports, activities, and recreation. However, it’s important to recognize that we enjoy these activities on unceded […]

Spotlight on Hana Saydek

Name: Hana Saydek Pronouns: they/them/han/hana Current Town: So-called Cavendish, VT, occupied Abenaki land Cavendish is along Mkazatekw (the Black River), which heads east to the Kwenitekw (the Connecticut River) and […]

May 6, 2024
Newsletter Vol. 4 No. 5 – May 2024

NAVIGATION The Power of BIPOC Leadership by Shabnam Nolan Leadership is hard no matter your identity. To be a woman of color leading an organization in Vermont… well, I can […]

Spotlight on Anthony Huynh

Our member spotlight is on Anthony Huynh (he/him)! Born and raised in Vermont, Anthony currently serves as the Marketing and Events Specialist at Feeding Chittenden, a food service program under […]