Community Explores Diversity
The theme for the two day discussion was "Toward a More Perfect Union." Joni Bramon helped lead one of the discussion and has been involved with the meeting for three years.
"I always learn so much about different experiences that people have," Bramon said.
After a main meeting, groups split up to talk about tough issues in a small setting.
"People can talk about things that are maybe a little more difficult to talk about and things that you wouldn't necessarily talk about unless you had a safe setting," Bramon explained.
One issue for discussion was discrimination in a diverse community.
"The barriers people experience on a personal level helps people to better understand what they can do to help the community have less discrimination," Coordinator Nanette Chun-Ming Ward said.
"One thing I think is really wonderful about these groups is that it tries to bring together people who are already diverse," Bramon said.
Organizers said there were less participants this year. Those involved in the discussion said the smaller group size benefitted the discussion.