In 1990, when I finished a four-day multicultural workshop at VISIONS, Inc., (www.visions-inc.org) I had a new perspective on the world around me. It was the beginning of a journey that I am still on. The VISIONS training opened my eyes to the advantages I’ve had as a white, heterosexual, socioeconomically comfortable woman, and provided me with the inspiration and tools to reach out to others who care about multicultural issues of all kinds. I wanted to bring my new awareness back to Winchester, but I didn’t know how to start. It wasn’t long before I connected with others interested in multicultural issues. Maura Albert, a teacher in the school system, was one of the first, and she partnered with me in hosting several community meetings which led to the founding and naming of this organization—a truly grassroots community effort. Soon we established a board and others participated in VISIONS training. The rest is history .
While I have been honored to be recognized as the founder of the Network, the growth and impact of the organization has been possible because of the involvement and hard work of so many dedicated, smart, compassionate, and passionate people. I have had the luxury of being able to devote substantial time and energy to this work, and I have been sustained by my colleagues who continue to inspire and energize me as we serve as allies to each other. We are on this journey, individually and together.
I am grateful to all those who had a role in founding and growing the Multicultural Network, including our many supporters, and admire and appreciate those who will lead the Network going forward.