CMCA Conference explores "bridging cultures" theme

Posted Feb. 28, 2006 by

OCSEA members gathered Feb. 24 - 26 in Dayton for the Committee for Minority and Community Affairs conference.

CMCA Chair Michelle Hunter and Vice Chair Regina Flemister headed the committee that worked hard to organize the annual weekend event, which included a tour of a nearby historical landmark.

The CMCA committee included Hunter, Flemister, Elvira Gonzalez, Debbie King, Annie Person, Daphne Smith, and Hugh Williams.

The tour of the Dunbar House, included in the price of registration, gave union members a close up view of the final home of poet laureate Paul Laurence Dunbar (shown in the background of photo at right). He was an African American who became one of the key voices of the disenfranchised in the late 1800s.

Conference speakers highlighted the conference theme: Bridging Cultures. Browse the prepared remarks of OCSEA leaders offered below:

OCSEA Vice President Eddie Parks also addressed conferees.

Two workshops were offered: Changing Earth and A unified message for a multi-cultural workforce.

Following Saturday evening's dinner and keynote speaker, Jack Jackson, members enjoyed live music by Chris Bowman & Friends and dancing. Sunday morning agenda included singing by OCSEA members Ramona Collins-Salmin and Selina Perryman.