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In the wake of the Buffalo shooting, how are Vermonters fostering diversity, equity and inclusion?

A photo of a person looking at a makeshift memorial along a wall with chalked messages and printer paper posters of the 10 victims, all Black people, of the mass shooting at Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
Matt Rourke
Associated Press
Sharon Doyle holds a Black Lives Matter sign outside the scene of a shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., on Sunday.

A mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, killed 10 people and injured three, and authorities are investigating it as a racially motived hate crime. This hour, we're talking about the tragedy, and the work being done in Vermont around diversity, equity and inclusion, from cities and towns, to big organizations.

Our guests are:

  • Tami, a South Burlington resident from the Buffalo neighborhood that was targeted in Saturday's attack
  • Al Wakefield, leader of the Vermont Declaration of Inclusion initiative
  • Mary Gannon, a racial equity educator and consultant
  • Rep. Kevin "Coach" Christie, a Black state lawmaker from Hartford

Editor's note: Gannon has worked with VPR-Vermont PBS in DEI work.

Broadcast live at noon on Thursday, May 19, 2022; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Connor Cyrus joined Vermont Public as host and senior producer in March 2021. He was a morning reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University), he started his reporting career as an intern at WPTZ, later working for WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine, and WCAX Channel 3, where he covered a broad range of stories from Vermont’s dairy industry to the nurses’ strikes at UVM Medical Center. He’s passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
Originally from Delaware, Matt moved to Alaska in 2010 for his first job in radio. He spent five years working as a radio and television reporter, radio producer, talk show host, and news director. His reporting received awards from the Alaska Press Club and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Relocating to southwest Florida, he was a producer for television news and NPR member station WGCU for their daily radio show, Gulf Coast Live. He joined Vermont Public in October 2017 as producer of Vermont Edition.