SCRANTON, April 24, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that he will host his first “Inclusion Initiative Summit” on Monday afternoon at Marywood University.

“With growing minority populations in the City of Scranton and all throughout northeastern Pennsylvania, we need to begin to understand and to embrace diverse cultures from around the world,” Blake said. “Our first Inclusion Initiative Summit will offer citizens from our community and local leaders an opportunity to discuss the initiatives, proposals and best practices that are most likely to advance a cohesive, collaborative and welcoming community. We must work together to take advantage of the benefits of diversity in our community.”

The event will be held on Monday, April 27 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Swartz Center on the campus of Marywood University. Registration begins at 10 a.m.

Featured speakers who will join Senator Blake at the Inclusion Initiative Summit are Betty Cruz, Office of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto; Dr. Stephanie Bressler, United Neighborhood Centers; Dr. Ibrahim Almeky, Medical Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania; and Juan Mendez, Pennsylvania CareerLink Lackawanna County.

Anyone interested in attending the Summit can call Sen. Blake’s office at 570-207-2881.

Media coverage is welcome and encouraged.

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