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Culture On Tap: Celebrate Diversity Week Jan. 16

on January 10, 2018 - 5:59pm

Los Alamos Creative District News: 


One Los Alamos invites the community to celebrate Diversity Week in Los Alamos with a special Culture On Tap at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 16 at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.


Special speakers Jim Nesmith, a former immigration officer and Stephanie Sydoriak, a Los Alamos living treasure and author of the memoir “An Ocean Between,” a memoir portraying the story of her family as they emigrated from Ukraine to the United States, will share their thoughts and experiences about our community.


UnQuarked will offer a special menu of international small plates for purchase, along with their expanded beer and wine menu.


We are fortunate to have a rich and diverse culture here in Los Alamos, with a wealth of knowledge and fresh perspectives that bring neighbors together to discuss new or differing ideas using thoughtful, civil discourse. We appreciate and respect all opinions, regardless of race, gender, identity and personal beliefs. We recognize the key role that diversity and inclusion has played in our history during the days of the Manhattan Project, which brought together some of the greatest minds and talent from around the world to Los Alamos to live and work side by side.


With that in mind, we think there is no better time to reaffirm our commitment to a welcoming community, and celebrate the diversity, than by gathering during Martin Luther King’s birthday week.


Nesmith has been involved with Immigration for more than 30 years, first as an immigration officer and subsequently as an immigration advocate and practitioner. He has witnessed and experienced both the heartbreak and the joys of immigration.


Sydoriak was born in 1926 of Ukrainian immigrant parents in Boston, Mass. Her undergraduate degree was in physics from Northeastern University. She and her husband moved to Los Alamos in 1948 where they raised six children. A Los Alamos living treasure, Sydoriak is the author of a short collection of poetry, "Inside Passage", and the memoir, An Ocean Between, 100% American - 100% Ukrainian, which celebrates her Ukrainian heritage and the story of her immigrant parents as they started a new life in the United States.


One Los Alamos is a group of local citizens committed to fostering a welcoming community and celebrating diversity in the town of Los Alamos.


Culture On Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by One Los Alamos. The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. All ages are welcome! On Tap is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests. The “On Tap” series happens twice a month. The discussions


The Los Alamos Creative District is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, Discover Los Alamos, Los Alamos Small Business Center, project Y Cowork Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Research Park.


The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s mission is to build a vibrant community through a thriving economy by leveraging public and private sector investment to achieve sustainable economic development. LACDC works to drive economic progress by providing services to businesses using its broad portfolio of programs and initiatives.