The African American Leadership Initiative (AALI) met for the second AALI Speaks event on Monday March, 11th at NECIC from 12:00 - 1:30pm.
The event was catered by DLX and featured two speakers, Councilman-At-Large, Don Bryant and NECIC Research and Development Coordinator, Edward Akinyemi. The focus of the meeting was on the importance of diversity, equality, and inclusion. After a twenty minute time for food and fellowship, Akinyemi began interviewing Bryant in a talk show style forum. Bryant felt that our community was striving to become more diverse. He made the statement that the first African American teacher in his life was during his junior year of high school. There just weren’t many role models to aspire to at that time. The picture is much different now. Akinyemi agrees and added that he strongly feels the benefit of this program will show how African Americans are currently successful in many areas of our community.
The next African American Leadership Initiative event is planned for April 8th from 12:00 - 1:30pm in the NECIC community room. The cost is only $10.00 but NECIC members are free.
Also, the AALI Social is on Final Fridays at NECIC. The cost for this event is $5 members free. It is a time for networking, light refreshments, and drinks.