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diversity & inclusion

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Committee Purpose

The Park Ridge Diversity and Inclusion Committee was formed by the Borough Council of Park Ridge who is committed to celebrating the positive contributions of all residents, inclusive of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, ability or sexual orientation.

The Committee has as its primary purpose uniting the Borough through the appreciation of these diverse and unique backgrounds and promote an inclusive environment and celebration of varied populations.

The Committee would be responsible for to, among other things:

  • Advise the Mayor and Council on diversity and equity strategies that strengthen connections among diverse community groups and with borough government.
  • Encourage residents from diverse communities to increase their involvement in town activities and existing boards and committees.
  • Collaborate with our Recreation and Cultural Committee and other Park Ridge town committees and municipal departments to organize events that celebrate diversity and promote inclusion and to help existing events appeal to a diverse audience.
  • Support and provide feedback to Park Ridge schools to promote and support a diverse community environment.
  • Work with the chamber of Commerce to promote diversity in the local business community.
  • Organize public forums for residents to discuss concerning diversity and inclusion.
  • Create a connection with other diversity and inclusion groups in the Pascack Valley towns and region.
  • Sourcing funding through grants for matters surrounding diversity and inclusion.


Gail Burton

Lynda Carraher

Pedro Castelli

Lisa Clifford

Jamie DeMartino, Co-Chair

Kelly Epstein, Council Liaison

Shanai Jensen, Co-Chair

Kevin Loo, Vice Chair

Jeanne McVerry, Secretary

Mark Suriano

Joan Valas

Carolyn Wagner

Sofia Wahdat

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