Newsletter

May 2, 2022
Spotlight on Ferene Paris Meyer

Pronouns: she/her/hers Current Town: Burlington Years in VT: Industry: Storytelling Business name: All Heart Inspirations Business contact: allheartinspirations@gmail.com Tell us a bit about your background before arriving in VT. I worked in higher education, which was part of my work when I came to Vermont. I was Ferene Paris Meyer, this first generation student who […]

Newsletter Vol 2 No 5

BIPOC Women and Non-Binary Entrepreneurs This month, we’re focusing on BIPOC Women and Non-Binary Entrepreneurs in Vermont! There are lots of incredible entrepreneurs carving their own paths and creating the businesses of their dreams, right here in Vermont. Looking for additions to your jewelry collection? Browse the online shop at Soul Simone. Purchasing wine for […]

April 5, 2022
Newsletter Vol 2 No 4

Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP) This month, we’re focusing on VT PoC’s latest project, the Community Navigator Pilot Program.  As part of a national initiative introduced by President Biden and Vice President Harris, we are partnering with the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) as they begin to engage in the  Small Business Administration’s Community Navigator Pilot […]

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 Tell us a bit about your background before arriving in VT. Well, before ‘arriving’ in Vermont I was a twinkle in my parent’s eyes—I was […]

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 Abenaki land. These outdoor spaces, used for recreational hiking, skiing, and other winter sports, have been dominated throughout history by notions of white supremacy. This month’s […]

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 is surrounded by Kaskadenak (‘a rocky place,’ Ascutney Mountain), Hawks Mountain, and the Okemo Valley. Years in VT: My whole life, from being carried in […]

April 5, 2022
Spotlight on Krystal Sanchez-Williams

Pronouns: she/her Current Town: Burlington Years in VT: 3 Industry: Non-profit Business name: Vermont Professionals of Color Network Business contact: krystal@vtpoc.net Tell us a bit about your background before arriving in VT. I am a Queer Puerto Rican Pisces, social change practitioner, plant enthusiast, and fur mama to @sanwillipets. Originally from Miami, FL, I have […]

March 7, 2022
Spotlight on Geoffrey Sewake

Name: Geoffrey Sewake     Pronouns: he/him/his Current Town: Peacham Years in VT: 9 Industry: Hospitality & Beer Manufacturing Business name: Whirligig Brewing Business contact: info@whirligigbrewing.com; www.whirligigbrewing.com Tell us a bit about your background before arriving in VT. I was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Washington State and California. I’m multi multi-generational Japanese-American. I […]

Newsletter Vol 2 No 3

Exploring the Northeast Kingdom This month, we’re focusing on the Northeast Kingdom, a.k.a. the NEK, to highlight sThis month, we’re focusing on the North East Kingdom, a.k.a. the NEK, to highlight some facts about this region of Vermont that often gets overlooked. The NEK includes the counties of Essex, Orleans and Caledonia, and is bursting […]

February 7, 2022
Spotlight on Kesha Ram Hinsdale

Name: Kesha Ram Hinsdale Pronouns: she/her/hers Current Town: Shelburne Years in VT: 18 years Industry: Politics and Government Business name: Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale Tell us a bit about your background before arriving in VT. I grew up waiting tables and sweeping peanut shells off the floor in my Indian immigrant father’s and Jewish American […]

Newsletter Vol 2 No 2

Civic Engagement This February, VT PoC is focusing on civic engagement, and all the ways that you as a community member have a voice to make a difference. Our spotlight feature is Kesha Ram Hinsdale  (she/her), Vermont State Senator and candidate for Congress, representing the state of Vermont. She explains in her interview below how […]

January 3, 2022
Newsletter Vol 2 No 1

Health Disparities in Vermont The United States is home to stark health disparities along racial and ethnic lines, including in health coverage, chronic health problems, mental illness, and mortality. The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, both in Vermont and nationally, is yet another example of this racist pattern. Dismantling these systemic issues is a […]