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IDB to hold seminar on social inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Inter-American Development Bank on Tuesday, May 4th will host a seminar on how to best promote the social, economic and political inclusion of disenfranchised peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The one-day event will spotlight what is being done to combat social exclusion based on race, ethnicity, gender and economic status in the region and to help members of traditionally marginalized groups become fully participating citizens. Panelists will also discuss similarities and differences between those efforts to overcome prejudice and the experience of the United States.

IDB President Enrique V. Iglesias is scheduled to open the seminar and introduce the keynote speaker, Howard University President H. Patrick Swygert, at 9:30 a.m. in the Andrés Bello Auditorium, on the 9th floor of the Bank’s headquarters at 1300 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC.

Mr. Swygert is a member of the Brown v. Board of Education Commemoration Commission, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision against segregation in public education. Much of the planning for the successful litigation was carried out at Howard University, one of the oldest and most prestigious historically Black colleges in the United States.

Participants will also analyze how the IDB can build on its work to promote social inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean through its projects, research and outreach. Panels will be moderated by former Costa Rican vice president Rebeca Grynspan, CNN en Español anchorman Jorge Gestoso and Mayra Buvinic, chief of the Social Programs Division of the IDB’s Sustainable Development Department.

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