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September 17, 2009
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“Diversity – it’s what the world is all about - it’s what schools, the workplace, professions should be all about – reflecting the population that surrounds them. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do,” said John Quiñones, longtime ABC News reporter and host of What Would You Do?, who was delivering the keynote address to a standing-room-only audience at The College at Brockport’s 9th annual Diversity Conference.
Quiñones went on to illustrate how linguistic and cultural knowledge would have not only made covering the 80s conflicts in Central America easier but would have likely, in several incidents, saved lives.
“Diversity worked at ABC because it made sense and I went on to prove to ABC that I was not only a good Latino reporter, but that I was a good reporter who happened to be Hispanic,” he added.
He also illustrated, with video examples from What Would You Do?, why diversity education and consciousness raising is still necessary.
But ultimately the message Quiñones wanted to leave with students was “that anything is possible in this great country of ours as long as you work hard, believe in yourself and ignore, shut down, step over anyone who has the audacity to tell you that you cannot achieve what you set out to achieve.”
Quiñones then moderated a panel discussion on “Diversity in the Media,” and signed copies of his book, Heroes Among Us.
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