Adirondack Diversity Initiative welcomes first director

November, 2019

SARANAC LAKE  — The Adirondack Diversity Initiative has hired its first director.

Nicole Hylton-Patterson of the Bronx, will take on the leadership position for the Initiative, which aims to make the Adirondack region a more welcoming and inclusive place for residents and visitors.

Hylton-Patterson, acting director of a Westchester County college’s social justice center, will begin serving as ADI’s diversity director on Dec. 2. She will be based at Adirondack North Country Association's office in downtown Saranac Lake.

"We could not be more excited about this new hire," ANCA Executive Director Kate Fish said.

"Nicky possesses the experience and passion for diversity and inclusion work that is critical to achieving the ADI’s goals. We all look forward to working with her as she brings fresh ideas and approaches to the Initiative’s work."

Hylton-Patterson brings a unique cultural perspective to her new position. Born in Jamaica, she spent her formative years in northern Norway as part of a gifted child program, according to a news release.

Hylton-Patterson has 20 years of experience leading activities and programs geared toward advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition to her current role as acting director of the Mary T. Clark Center for Religion and Social Justice at Manhattanville College, she served as program coordinator for the college’s Center for Inclusion.

She has also instructed and coordinated programs in Arizona; Syracuse and Elmira that focus on race and gender studies, justice, diversity and advocacy.

Read the full article in the Plattsburgh Press-Republican.