Adirondack Diversity Initiative welcomes first director

November, 2019

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

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) announced that 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 Dec. 2. She will be based at ANCA’s office in downtown Saranac Lake.

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

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