Speaker: Shane DiGiovanna
Topic: Turning Adversity into Opportunity
Date: Thursday, August 8, at 7:00 p.m
Location: Terwilliger Lodge

The City of Montgomery Diversity and Inclusion Committee launched a community education series on the diverse cultures of Montgomery residents.  The lecture and discussion series will cover a range of timely human relations and cultural topics.  It is free and open to the public.  The second speaker in the “Know Your Neighbor” series will be Shane DiGiovanna, talking about turning adversity into opportunity.  

Shane was born with an extremely rare genetic skin condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa, which causes fragile skin that results in large open wounds that require hours of painful bandaging each day. Shane is also deaf and has cochlear implants. His passion for exploring and contributing to the world has allowed him to endure these debilitating conditions, which have required dozens of surgeries. Despite all odds, Shane is now in college at Rice University striving to help people and design the world of tomorrow. 

The “Know Your Neighbor” series, sponsored by the City of Montgomery’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, is a part of the City’s #IamMontgomery campaign.  Now in its second year, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee promotes community awareness, education, and appreciation of Montgomery’s diverse cultures, positive intercultural relations among Montgomery residents, and a welcoming environment for all those who live, work, visit and recreate in Montgomery. The committee is inclusively composed of more than two dozen Montgomery residents.

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Know Your Neighbor Series

Past Speakers

Umama AlamLearning about Islam and Muslim Americans by Umama Alam

Umama Alam, is an outreach speaker for the Tours and Talks program at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.  Originally, from Pakistan, she came to the United States at the age of four and grew up in New York.  Umama, her husband and four children have been Montgomery residents for 7 years. She is an educator and was the former Principal of the International Academy of Cincinnati.  She currently serves on their Board and is an educational consultant. She is a Board member of Cincinnati’s Bridges of Faith Trialogue, a steering committee member for Cincinnati’s Festival of Faith, works with Sycamore Schools Culturally Responsive Practices Committee and serves on the City of Montgomery’s Diversity and Inclusion Program.