The Diversity Gathering was called to bring together friends, co-workers, colleagues, and fellow warriors working to eradicate all segregation and create inclusive communities. The people who came were the right people (although we missed some of you who could not come but wanted to). We were a very diverse group of people from 13 US. states, 3 provinces, and 4 countries. We ranged from 13 to 84 years of age. This was a truly great experience; an opportunity to get support from old and new friends, clarify our mission, and move forward on our agenda of changing the world to a more caring and inclusive world. This notebook contains descriptions of the meeting that were convened during the Diversity Gathering. These descriptions are un-edited and were completed by various participants. Our effort to publish these notes was to capture the essence and spirit of our conversations.
In the early 1990’s, a diverse group of committed leaders from the continent gathered wherever and whenever they could to share ideas, think strategically about the future, and renew each other for the seemingly endless battles to promote inclusion. One such gathering was convened in Toronto, and we ‘published’ the collected thoughts of the group on the spot – so these two volumes were handed to every participant as they departed. It was impossible, so we just did it.