The Diversity Summit is an initiative of the Hispanic American Center of Hanover (HACH), program of the YWCA of Hanover. The Diversity Summit was created, in part, to elicit ideas for how HACH can support the community and industry to realize the goal of developing a more diverse and inclusive community. To that end, The Summit Planning Committee, in 2008, expressed unequivocal support to the HACH to take a leadership role in this regard.
In 2008, the Diversity Summit Committee administered a survey in the York and Adams County area to identify the needs of all sectors within our community related to diversity education. Five hundred (500) surveys were distributed with a response of 375 stating a need to improve understanding of diversity within their workforce.
Since the implementation of the surveys, five Diversity Summits have been implemented. However, the initial plan was to provide a onetime event. As a result of positive feedback from the participants, the summit has now been established as an annual regional event. Over 500 professionals from York, Hanover, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Erie, Reading, Bloomsburg, Washington D.C., and Houston Texas have attended the event. We are heading toward our SIXTH event with new and innovative ideas. Join us today by investing on the continuance of making a change in many industries, but most important, in our youth and overall community members.