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Forum on Race Relations & Inclusion

Updated: Nov. 28, 2016

“I began my term as President of the Treasure Coast Chapter ACLU on June 12, 2016, and since that time I have reviewed complaints going back to February 2016 through September 2016. In my review thus far, I have not come across any complaints alleging violation of civil liberties that involve the Port Saint Lucie police department. With that being said, I would like to applaud you, Chief Bolduc and the Port Saint Lucie police department for your ongoing efforts to serve and treat all people fairly regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin or religion.” - Veverly Gary Hamilton, Esquire


The City of Port St. Lucie invites you to its first Forum on Race Relations & Inclusion.

The Forum's mission is to bring the people of Port St. Lucie together to listen, share concerns, learn, plan, act and report on progress in maintaining and enhancing our promise of being a City for ALL ages.

November 5, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Port St. Lucie Civic Center
9221 S.E. Civic Center Pl.
Forum Flyer Invitation from Port St. Lucie City Council

Join us in engaging sessions that include topics on:

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Race Relation & Inclusion Forum Announcement
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The City of Port St. Lucie to Organize Forum on Race Relations & Inclusion
Posted: Jul. 22, 2016

Event Program


Forum Facebook/Constant Contact Posts

Mayor Invitation and Mission

Press Releases

Website Screenshot

  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Fair and impartial policing
  • LGBTQ+ : A Personal Journey
  • Disabilities
  • Immigration & Inclusion
  • Religious tolerance
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Bridging the gap between the community and the police


Speakers and Panelists:




Open to the public: From 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Community resource information booths
  • Police Experience Simulator

Forum Discussion Questions

  • Why are you here today?
  • Why do you choose to live in Port St. Lucie?
  • What would you like to see improved in Port St. Lucie as it relates to race, diversity and inclusion?


For more information, email:


Current Schedule:






Amanda Sofia
Key to Music School

National Anthem & Pledge

The Forum will kick-off with the signing of the National Anthem


Ruth Davis
Captain Tony Raimondo

Opening Keynote Speaker

Opening speaker will cover fair & impartial policing; implicit bias & how it affects us all



AM Breakout Session 1:
Wydee'a Emanuel Wilson


Session will cover bridging the gap between the community and the police through a moderated question and answer session



AM Breakout Session 2:
Deborah Stewart


Race and Ethnic Communication



AM Breakout Session 3:
Kalypso Vassalotti


A personal journey of a local resident and community member


Veverly Gary Hamilton

Lunch Keynote Speaker

Speech: Model traffic stop


PM Breakout Session 1:
Angela Van Etten




PM Breakout Session 2:
Christopher A. Gaston


Immigration and Inclusion





PM Breakout Session 3:
Reverend Mary Rosendahl
Rabbi Benson
Joe Beck
Vernon Shazier




Facilitated Interfaith Panel discussion on religious tolerance








Panel Discussion
Open Mic

Mayor Gregory J. Oravec
Police Chief John Bolduc
Wydee'a Emanuel Wilson
Vernon Shazier
Tony Barnes
Christopher A. Gaston
Angela Van Etten
Rudy Howard
Kalypso Vassalotti
Shaniek Maynard

Panel Discussion
Open Mic

Facilitated open mic panel discussion allowing participants one-on-one engagement






Final Thoughts
Call to Action




Team Building - Music

Key to Music School Students

Raisa Asim - "Amazing Grace"
Julia Wilmont - "Colors of the Wind"
Dominique Bryan - "Stand By Me"
Lamar Freckleton - Saxaphone Solo


All Day Events:





(Registered Attendees)

All Day (Public)

Meet the Artist


Highwaymen/women artists; local African American landscape artist


Participants will have an opportunity to mingle with local artists


10:00-10:30 (Attendees)
All Day (Public)

Community Resource Information Booths



10:00-10:30 (Registered Attendees)

All Day (Public)

PD Simulator

Police Experience

Opportunity for participants to run through simulated police training scenarios


If you are interested in sponsoring this event please email:

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