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City officials to take part in GMA diversity training

SNELLVILLE — City officials, including Mayor and Council, will take part in diversity training headed up by the Georgia Municipal Association.

The program, led by GMA Director of Equity and Inclusion Freddie Broome, is called EMBRACE and focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion.

According to the GMA website, “the EMBRACE webinar series emboldens, educates and nurtures employees, member cities, business and community organizations to embrace differences and encourage belonging by fostering relationships to advocate community engagement, equity and inclusion for the betterment of all.”

 “Often people think it’s a program about race or gender,” Broome said. “Our EMBRACE program is so much more than that. It’s about making people aware of different cultures, the differences that are in their community whether its race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual identity, sexual orientation. At the end of the day we are all different and we have to find a way to (determine) how we bring those differences together to make our community stronger.”