GRDC News - February 2003


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Mayor Johnson Planning Phase II of Biracial Partnerships for Community Progress Program
The Biracial Partnerships for Community Progress Program, the highly successful effort begun two years ago by Mayor William A. Johnson, Jr.'s Commission on Race and Ethnicity, is preparing to launch Phase II this spring, expanding participation to more participants.

The initiative was designed to improve community relations and specifically race relations in the city and region. Approximately 200 individuals of different racial and cultural backgrounds and who were top executives in their organizations have been placed in partnerships.

Phase I ended last May, marked by a special program at the Greater Rochester Diversity Council's Power of Diversity Conference. The list of individuals who speak of their experience as "life changing" is long, and there is a groundswell of interest in continuing this growth.

Mayor William A. Johnson, Jr. is seeking support from area businesses to continue and expand the program. Companies interested in meeting with Mayor Johnson to discuss their participation, sponsorship and/or support should contact Kenneth Dean at 428-6284 or write to the Mayor directly at City Hall, 30 Church St., Rochester, NY 14614.

INROADS Seeks Qualified College Students of Color for Job Training and Placement Opportunities
INROADS has 80 exciting summer internship opportunities for local young people of color. The goal is to place talented, career-ready young people into full-time careers upon graduation from college, and increase in the number of young professionals who will give back and help support our community.

INROADS is hosting two Community Forums to help locate bright students in our communities for these jobs:

  • Syracuse, February 18th at The MONY Group, 6 p.m.
  • Rochester. February 19th at Chubb & Son Insurance Company, 6 p.m.

Students should be high school seniors, college freshmen and college sophomores, with an average grade of 80%+ or minimum 2.8 GPA. They must be enrolled in or intend to pursue a four-year college degree, primarily focused on business, engineering, sciences, computers or some liberal arts.

Qualified candidates may apply at For recruitment materials or more information, contact Janet Suriel,, 973-643-8600.

INROADS is an international not-for-profit leadership training organization that acts as a conduit between talented minority college students and America's leading businesses. Each year, we visit hundreds of universities, colleges and high schools to identify serious-minded students of color for multi-year corporate internships. This process provides leadership training and development, professional coaching, academic support, and a renewable, salaried internship with an INROADS sponsor. INROADS has been in the Upstate NY communities for 17 years, providing thousands of African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans students with career development opportunities.

For more information see INROADS Flyer (PDF)

INROADS/Upstate New York, Inc.
Nimley E. Bestman, Managing Director
Covering: Syracuse, Rochester, Albany and Binghamton
315-477-3434, 1-800-955-7623

Xerox Executive Receives ATHENA Award
Congratulations to Ursula Burns, recipient of the 2003 17th annual ATHENA Award. Burns is President of Business Group Operations for Xerox Corporation. The ATHENA Award recognizes women of achievement in the Rochester community for their professional excellence and community service, and for actively and generously assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

Anne M. Mulcahy, Xerox Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gives ATHENA Keynote Speech
  "It's been suggested to me that I speak today about my experiences at the helm of Xerox . about diversity in our company . and about my personal perspectives on leadership. That initially struck me as a tall order for a 20 minute talk. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was really all one subject." Read Address (PDF)

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