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Diversity Month Highlight: Patricia M. Hughes

Diversity Month Highlight: Patricia M. Hughes

Throughout the month of April for Diversity Month, we will be highlighting some amazing individuals in our community that are spearheading diversity, equity, and inclusion causes and initiatives, as well as business leaders and owners with diverse backgrounds. Next, we spoke to Patricia M. Hughes, Special Events Coordinator & Business Licensing Clerk for the City of Wilkes-Barre. 

"I believe that a successful city organization continually learns and evolves," says Patty. "The City of Wilkes-Barre wants to assist cultural groups in feeling included, so they feel that they belong in the community. The Annual Multicultural Parade promotes social harmony and integration. Multiculturalism in the City of Wilkes-Barre is important because it dilutes and dissipates the divisiveness of ignorance. It is important because it encourages dialogue, often between radically different cultures that have radically different perspectives."

Learn more about Patty in our Q&A below! 

Q: I am inspired to be a leader in our community because…
A: Making the world a better place one action at a time is important to me.
Q: I am most excited to accomplish what through my diversity, equity, and inclusion community programming…
A: I feel that it is essential to encourage positive relationships with diverse communities to ensure that minorities feel comfortable giving feedback in community discussions and becoming a part of the community as a whole. Being a part of a community can make us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves. It can give us opportunities to connect with people, to reach for our goals, and makes us feel safe and secure. 
Q: Three words to describe yourself…
A: Inquisitive, Honest & Unwavering
Q: My greatest achievement to date is…
A: I have several notable accomplishments in both my personal and my work experience. Years ago, I probably would have rattled off a bunch of career-related successes and financial wins or even something about my worldly travels. But for me it is my children.
Q: Five years from now, I will be…
A: Continuing to serve the community.
Q: Best advice you’ve received…
A: Don’t judge, just listen… (from my mother).
Q: Favorite activity/place in NEPA…
A: NEPA has so much to offer  but I am a self proclaimed foodie, so for me it is the array of food choices that the City of Wilkes-Barre has to offer .You can take a trip across the world with Indian, Mexican, Caribbean, Thai, Italian, Turkish, and American cuisine and much more - all on Main Street.

Q: Why NEPA?
A: I have lived here my entire life and it suits me. Northeastern Pennsylvania offers a wealth of walkable neighborhoods, beautiful historic buildings, cultural institutions, parks, and sporting opportunities that enrich the lives of our region’s residents. Plus, it is only a two-hour drive from both New York City and Philadelphia. 
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