About Us

The mission of the Corporation is to serve as a catalyst to promote the benefits of diversity and inclusion through educating, enhancing awareness of, providing a supportive network for, and sharing best practices with all affiliates of the Corporation.

The Diversity Consortium of Tompkins County, Inc. (DCTC) is a joint effort of local employers and leaders dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in Tompkins County. Our goals are

  1. To significantly increase diversity in the local workforce
  2. To establish and maintain a learning network
  3. To collaborate on diversity training and similar initiatives

Since its founding in 1999, the DCTC has endeavored to cultivate a continuous learning environment, promote a positive community image, and serve as a source and liaison for diversity and inclusiveness resources. DCTC offers educational opportunities to affiliate members as well as to the community at large on a regular basis.

President - Fabina Colon, Multi-Cultural Resources Center
Vice President - Fran Spadafora Manzella, Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes
Treasurer - Michael Hoysic, Greenstar Cooperative Natural Foods Market
Secretary - Roberta Wallitt, Village of Ithaca

Ed Malone, BorgWarner
Rebecca Norman, Community Member
Jan Schwartzberg, Taitem
George Ferrari, Community Foundation of Tompkins County
Schelley Michell-Nunn; City of Ithaca Human Resources
Suki Tabor, Ithaca Youth Bureau
Brion Scime, Community Member 


All committees, except for the Executive Committee, can include members who are not Board members.
If you are interested in joining one of our committees please contact a member of our Executive Committee.

Executive Committee
Purpose - The Executive Committee shall have all the authority of the Board except the following:

  1. the filling of vacancies on the Board or on any committee;
  2. the amendment or repeal of the bylaws or the adoption of new bylaws;
  3. the amendment or repeal of any resolution of the Board which by its terms shall not be subject to amendment or appeal.

Finance/Budget Committee
Purpose - oversee Consortium finances; create annual budget including an amount for scholarships, if any; determine if an audit of the previous fiscal year, or if any fundraising, is needed

Education Committee
Purpose - bring professional development opportunities to monthly Board meetings; coordinate community education and training similar to Consortium workshops previously offered

Marketing Committee
Purpose - develop Consortium brochure; develop marketing materials for Consortium events and programs; prepare press releases; promote Consortium at other significant events with brochure, tabling, etc.; update and maintain the Consortium’s website

Nominating/Affiliate Outreach Committee
Purpose - develop recruitment strategy for Consortium affiliates, updating logistics, etc.; bring nominations for new Directors and Officers to the full Board; only Board members may vote for Directors and Officers

Roundtable Event Committee
Purpose - plan and implement the next community Roundtable and a budget for same; develop Employer Diversity Award to be presented at Roundtable

By Laws Committee
By-Laws (“DC Bylaws.pdf”)
Purpose - update By-laws, to be approved by the Consortium.


Monthly Meetings

  • DCTC meetings are a forum for promoting the benefits of diversity and inclusion through enhancing awareness, supporting networking and sharing best practices. Opportunities and the sustainability of the organization are also discussed.
  • If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact us at administrator@diversityconsortium.org with your name, organization name, and reason why you are interested.
  • Monthly meetings take place from 10 am - 11:30 am on the third Friday of each month in downtown Ithaca