Multicultural Institute Celebrates Diversity of New York City

 Community   Thu, June 08, 2017 01:38 PM


New York, NY – New York City’s premiere multicultural communications organization will host a timely celebration of the Big Apple’s diversity at a June 9 reception at the Princeton Club of New York. The Institute for Multicultural Communications, Cooperation and Development, Inc. (IFMCCADI) is hosting this timely event to recognize that, more than at any other time, New Yorkers must come together to bridge differences and find common cause.

“Public discourse has coarsened, hate crimes and hate speech have spiked, and antagonisms have been bared,” said IFMCCADI founder Ismael Betancourt. “We must come together in solidarity to celebrate the diversity that made New York City what it is. At the same time we need to use civic engagement to transform communities while building a new cultural democracy for America,” added Betancourt.

Reception attendees will hear brief remarks by leaders from a cross-section of organizations and causes.  Scheduled to speak are:

     Mehnaz M. Afridi, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the    Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center, Manhattan College

     Edward Cox, Attorney at Law, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, and founder, Student Sponsor Partners, which provides mentoring to inner-city students

     Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, United National Alliance of Civilizations

     Torian A. Richardson, Chairman of the Board, GlobalMinded, which helps build a diverse talent pipeline of first-generation-to-college students 

     Rev. Carmen Hernández, President, NYC LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce

     John Wang, Founder and President, Asian American Business Development Council

For nearly three decades, IFMCCADI has organized forums, conferences and other events to bridge divides in New York City and elsewhere. In 2004, it gained consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Recently, it:

·         Organized a 3-day conference on Puerto Rican self-determination and the debt crisis along with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Center for International Human Rights (conference papers will be included a book);

·         Organized an immigration reform forum in Brooklyn to inform parents, teachers and administrators about recent immigration policies and actions;

·         Launched the Bronx Transformation Project to generate transformation models and apply them to other communities;

·         Held regular lectures and panels on diversity, human rights, demographics, inequitable incarceration and other issues;

·         Applied to the United Nations Department of Information for access to important information and decisions of local and international leaders, enabling it to share information with the communities with which it works;

·         Addressed the UN Commission on De-colonization with respect to the status of Puerto Rico.

For further information and registration, visit:

Alibe Hamacher 646.515.5029