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Embracing Diversity During COVID-19

Post Date:10/22/2020 2:59 PM

SOMERVILLE, NJ – In a recent video production promoting the Somerset County online Diversity Festival, Somerset County Freeholder Director Shanel Y. Robinson explains why the county believes embracing diversity matters and also urges residents to take part in the month-long event. To watch the video, visit

Due to the pandemic, the festival is being held online where the public has access to an online media platform. Online visitors can explore Somerset County and its rich history of diverse cultures in specific locations. The online “Story Map” also includes a virtual resource library, which offers interesting diversity-related information and resources for everyone to enjoy.  To enjoy the Story Map, visit

“Story Map” Submissions – Tell Your Story

Residents and everyone can represent their community by sharing diversity-related stories, resources and information about events and programs. Submit information through the online portal, which will be reviewed by the Diversity Festival Team and then displayed on the Story Map. 

Submissions should be diversity-related, which can include resources for- or topics about various ethnicities, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, ages, people with developmental and physical abilities and people of all income levels and education. Submit diversity-related information at

Poster Contest – The Deadline Is Nov. 2, 2020

The deadline for grades four through 12 to enter the Diversity Festival Poster Contest is fast approaching. First- and second-place winners in three different age groups will win $50 to $100 gift certificates to use at the Somerset County business of their choice, courtesy of the Downtown Somerville Alliance. Entries can be submitted, at 

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