(So. Burlington, VT) Today, Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (Roundtable) joined with fellow leaders across Vermont in pledging to support all Vermonters and welcome people of all backgrounds to the Green Mountain state. In doing so, the Roundtable upholds Vermont’s traditions and reputation as a place of hope and opportunity.
According to Ventriss, “The Board of Directors believe that it is important to clearly articulate, on behalf of the full membership, a commitment to those principles that shape a representative democracy and that embrace all communities as equally deserving of those rights and freedoms.”
The joint statement was also signed by Governor Peter Shumlin, Governor-elect Phil Scott, and the presidents of Vermont’s public and private higher education institutions.
Joint Statement in Support of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusiveness
Vermont has fought for centuries for freedom and unity, equity and openness. Vermont remains a beacon of hope and opportunity, community and shared humanity. Vermont was the first to commit to the abolition of slavery in our state constitution and a leader in the fight for marriage equality. We will continue to support all Vermonters and welcome people of all backgrounds to the Green Mountain state.
We, the undersigned, condemn any acts of unlawful discrimination, violence, and intimidation that target differences in national origin, race, sex, gender, religion, disability, or political viewpoint across our nation. Such acts run counter to the rights and freedoms upon which our country was founded and to the core values of the state of Vermont.
Vermont is committed to fostering welcoming communities and an equitable, diverse, and inclusive society.
Governor Peter Shumlin Governor-elect Phil Scott
Lisa M. Ventriss, President, Vermont Business Roundtable
T. Gregory Dewey, President, Albany College of Pharmacy
Mariko Silver, President, Bennington College
David Wolk, President, Castleton University
Michelle Ollie, President, Center for Cartoon Studies
Don Laackman, President, Champlain College
Lawrence Jensen, Interim President, College of Saint Joseph
Joyce Judy, President, Community College of Vermont
Robert Kenny, President, Goddard College
Robert Allen, President, Green Mountain College
Elaine Collins, President, Johnson State College
Peter Eden, President, Landmark College
Nolan Atkins, Interim President, Lyndon State College
Kevin Quigley, President, Marlboro College
Laurie Patton, President, Middlebury College
Richard Schneider, President, Norwich University
Donald Steinberg, President, SIT Graduate Institute
David Rees Evans, President, Southern Vermont College
Matthew Derr, President, Sterling College
John Neuhauser, President, Saint Michael’s College
Tom Sullivan, President, University of Vermont
Roger H. Sublett, President, Union Institute and University
Marc B. Mihaly, President and Dean, Vermont Law School
Thomas Greene, President, Vermont College of Fine Arts
Jeb Spaulding, Chancellor, Vermont State Colleges
Pat Moulton, Interim President, Vermont Technical College
Scott Giles, President & CEO, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
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The Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of chief executive officers of Vermont’s leading private and nonprofit employers, representing geographic diversity and all major sectors of the Vermont economy. The Roundtable is committed to sustaining a sound economy and preserving Vermont’s unique quality of life by studying and making recommendations on statewide public policy issues. Learn more at www.vtroundtable.org.