MLK Day 2020 Mini-Conference
12:30 pm -1:45 pm including Q &A
Please join us in welcoming our civically engaged panel of local community leaders to Bard College's MLK Day of Engagement as they discuss inclusive practices for youth and the community as a whole.
L'Quette Taylor was born in Poughkeepsie, New York and has lived there ever since. He is an architectural project manager for a glazing contractor. In April 2018, he started a non-profit organization, Community Matters 2, Inc. (CM2), to focus on issues that affect the community, to collaborate with organizations to provide resources to those in need, and to serve as a community network for Poughkeepsie residents. In just a year and a half, L'Quette has organized seven community cleanups. On April 13th, CM2 executed the largest volunteer cleanup, collaborating with more than 20 organizations and 235 volunteers. The effort removed 1.6 tons of trash from the inner streets of the Poughkeepsie. CM2 received a Proclamation from the City of Poughkeepsie and the New York State Senate, and was honored with the 2019 Community Builders Award.
L'Quette believes children are the solution to many of the challenges facing the Poughkeepsie community. He has evolved CM2’s efforts towards helping local children with the development of programs geared towards education as well as simply having fun. In June 2019, CM2 initiated the Open Gym & Activities program to give youth a safe place to go on the weekend, enjoy meals, and build positive relationships with others in their community. Most recently, CM2 took a group of young people to the Newburgh Armory where they learned about graphic design, participated in leadership exercises, and even had the chance to play with the Marist College basketball team. L'Quette believes in the importance of chance: everyone should have the opportunity to have one.
Shaniqua Bowden is a 7-year Kingston resident who works as outreach coordinator for the Kingston Land Trust (KLT) and program leader of their Sanctuary for Land Heritage Initiative. The Kingston Land Trust is an organization that protects environmentally and socially significant land in the interest of the common good.
Shaniqua first fell in love with green space as a kid dancing under the stars in her hometown of South Boston, Virginia. She later moved to New York City where she studied communications and interdisciplinary studies at Empire State College. Shaniqua now dedicates her time to making Kingston a well-rounded community. At KLT, her aim is to assist with their mission of providing public land access for all.
Shaniqua is a proud mom and active entrepreneur. She is the founder and host of the Nubian Cafe, a discussion series featuring mainly women of color expressing their views on such topics as health, wealth, relationships, politics, race, spirituality, business, life achievements, and more. The show airs on Radio Kingston every Thursday, from 1 to 3pm.
Along with her husband, Frank Waters, Shaniqua founded MyKingstonKids, an organization created to help the parents of Kingston find children's events and activities. Shaniqua is actively involved in Black History Month Kingston, for which Frank is the lead organizer, and Women’s History Month Kingston.
Cammie Jones has dedicated her life towards civic engagement both professionally and personally and believes in the saying that “service is the rent you pay for the privilege of living on this earth.” Cammie serves as the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Civic Engagement and teaches a Women and Leadership course at Bard College where it is the fundamental belief that education and civil society are inextricably linked. Before her role at Bard, Cammie developed and launched Dutchess Community College’s Service Learning Department which served over 50 nonprofit agencies within the county and accounted for over 11,000 hours of service within 2 years. Cammie began her career in higher education and civic engagement through service as Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement at Marist College which led to the founding of a female leadership program, Ladies Empowering Athletics Program, and created an expansive life skills program for student-athletes.
Cammie is a Board Member of Dutchess Outreach, the Chair of the KidVenture Creatives Committee for the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce (DCRCOC), Secretary of the Ductchess County Dem Committee and Dutchess County Young Dems, and serves on the Catharine Street Community Center MLK Scholarship Committee, Hyde Park Democratic Committee, and International Women’s Day Committee through DCRCOC. She also serves as an upper elementary Sunday School teacher at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Wappingers Falls.
Cammie has received several awards for her work in higher education and community engagement, including the Dutchess County Regional Chamber Of Commerce’s 2012 Forty Under 40 Class, N4A 2014 Professional Promise Award for Region 1, the AWCC 2017 Forty Under 40 Class, and the 2017 Arc of Dutchess Peggy Martinko Community Trailblazer Award.
Cammie holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Louisiana State University A&M. Cammie is a proud native of Dallas, TX and finds any opportunity to show off her state pride. She calls Hyde Park, NY her second home.
Jody Miller is the Dutchess County Human Rights/EEO Officer. She is Chair of the Commission on Human Rights Commission, a 15 member Commission with a mission of Defending Human Rights, Bridging Differences, Embracing Diversity. She is co-founder of the 100 Cups of Coffee Transformative Dialogue Project. As the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, she is responsible for discrimination/harassment policy, training and investigation, implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations and policy, and diversity and inclusion in the workforce. Prior to her current role, she was the executive director of a community mediation center and worked closely with courts, businesses, schools and the community to develop mediation programs and provide conflict resolution training. She has more than 20 years in the alternative dispute resolution field.
Jody is an adjunct professor of mediation at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and is a Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. She serves on the Dutchess County Aging Services Advisory Board, and NYS Sen. Sue Serino’s Aging Advisory Council. Jody is a certified trainer through the New York State Unified Court System’s Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs (ADR). She has been a presenter at conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Italy, China and the Netherlands. Jody is the 2016 recipient of the Lawrence Cooke Peace Innovator Award from the New York State Dispute Resolution Association.