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DHR Hate & Bias Prevention - Lower Hudson Valley Region Meeting

We invite you to meet and collaborate with us as we launch an important new initiative here DHR: a statewide Hate and Bias Prevention Unit.

When and where

Date and time


To be announced

About this event

Earlier this year, Governor Kathy Hochul directed the NYS Division of Human Rights to establish a statewide Hate and Bias Prevention Unit to provide a community-focused, coordinated, and rapid response to hate and bias incidents. The Unit’s charge includes leading efforts around public education, training and outreach, enhancing collaboration between community-based organizations, law enforcement, faith-based initiatives and civil rights organizations, serving as an early warning detection system in local communities, and rapidly mobilizing to areas and communities in which a bias incident or incidents have occurred.

In order to accomplish these goals, the Division is reaching out to community members and advocates to inform the creation and work of the Unit via a collaborative stakeholder meeting. This meeting will take place on September 22nd at 4:00 PM at the Judicial Institute, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University located at 84 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603. A remote option will be available for individuals who cannot join in-person.

We want to engage your thoughts and ideas, in order to respond rapidly and effectively to hate and bias incidents in the Lower Hudson Valley and New York State.

We hope you will be able to attend and help frame the issues of your community, allowing for a tailored local response to hate and bias incidents in the Lower Hudson Valley. The collaborative stakeholder session will be facilitated by CLUSTER, the Dispute Resolution Center, the Mediation Center of Dutchess County, and the New York State Unified Court System's Community Dispute Resolution Centers and consist of conversations about hate and bias incidents experienced by members of your community. These conversations will follow a healing circle model. We encourage the participation of high school-aged youth and adults. Food will be available to participants before and during the session.

We are excited to work with you in partnership to create effective and impactful initiatives that combat hate and bias in New York.