The daylong event will take place at
the Legislative Office Building, Hartford, from 9 a.m. until 4
p.m. Other activities will include workshops, performances by
various musical groups and the presentation of the Judicial
Branch’s Diversity Awards.
About 170 Judicial Branch
employees registered for the event. Friday marks the second time
the Branch has held Diversity Day; the first occurred in 2002.
"Diversity Day is a great way to
celebrate the diversity of the Judicial Branch’s work force,"
Chief Court Administrator Joseph H. Pellegrino said. "Equally
important is the educational component – no one is going to walk
away without learning something they didn’t know previously."
Judge Pellegrino credited the
Branch’s Affirmative Action Employee Advisory Committee with
putting together Friday’s schedule.
Deputy Chief Court Administrator
Thomas F. Parker will serve as master of ceremonies. Judge
Pellegrino will provide welcoming remarks.
Later in the morning, Appellate
Court Judge Alexandra D. DiPentima will present the Judicial
Branch Diversity Awards, which recognize employees who have
improved services to the public by promoting a better
understanding of the needs of a diverse citizenry. The employees
are: Phyllis Cummings-Texeira, a supervisor in the Stamford
Family Services office, and Elsa "Iris" Rosario, who works as a
judicial marshal in the Hartford Judicial District.
Workshops will be held throughout
the afternoon, starting at 1:30 and lasting until 3:15. They
Diversity in Religion
with the Rev. Alvan Johnson
with Iris Branch
Society and Aging
with Roxanne Aaron-Selph and Julie
Your Communication Style
with Joseph R.
When Poetry Happens … and What
to Do About It" with
The event is open to the news
media. For information, please contact Rhonda Stearley-Hebert,
manager of communications, at 860-757-2270.