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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Hosts Youth Summit and Diversity Dialogue for North Texas Students

Aug 7, 2018
Press Release

DALLAS, TXCongresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson yesterday hosted her annual Youth Summit and Diversity Dialogue at Southern Methodist University for students from all across North Texas. This year’s summit, featuring “Dynamics of Diversityas this year’s theme, connected more than 60 high school students from across the DFW Metroplex with prominent youth and professional leaders who shared their experiences and stories of diversity to inspire the students and adults in attendance.


“Diversity is not a burden to bear but a gift to celebrate,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “All of us, regardless of where we come from or where we live today, can determine the destiny of our country by embracing our role as future leaders, so long as we put our minds to it. No matter what obstacles we face, success is in our own hands. And by coming together around our common hopes to achieve common goals, we can continue to make not only ourselves better but our community and our country as well.”


Each year as summer concludes, Congresswoman Johnson hosts this day-long summit, in conjunction with the Aga Khan Council for Central United States, to bring students from diverse communities together to bridge divides by offering a forum to not just constructively address and gain insights into the differences amongst each other but learn to celebrate these differences as proof of human diversity. Participants engaged in an interactive project to develop the key elements necessary for communities to embody diversity.


“There is diversity in humanity. There is beauty and grace in the inherent variety and uniqueness within each one of us,” said Salim Rahimi, Honorary Secretary of the Aga Khan Council for Central United States. “And therefore, we always look forward to collaborating with Congresswoman Johnson’s office to create this platform for a dialogue on diversity for our bright students of today and star leaders of tomorrow.”


Speakers at the summit:

·     Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Cedillo-Pereira, Director of the Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affair

·      GianCarlo Franco, Attorney at Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services (RACIES)

·      Dr. Kristen Guillory, Founder of KSGuillory Enterprises/ Cozy Conversations Author, Speaker, Trainer, Therapist and Coach

·      Sahil Gilani, Catholic Charities

·      PeriSean Hall, CEO PeriSean Enterprise: Speaker, Author and Word Doctor

·      Sofia Babool, Youth Leader – Ismaili Muslim Community

·      Zeenya Meherally, Youth Leader – Ismaili Muslim Community


The Youth Summit and Diversity Dialogue is a component of Congresswoman Johnson’s efforts to connect with the youth and provide them with opportunities to broaden their personal and professional horizons. She also hosts the Math and Science Lecture Series and the Youth Crime Prevention Summit each year.


Photos from the event can be viewed here.


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