The HSE Diversity Committee is a standing committee of the firm. The mission of the Committee is to help the firm achieve and maintain a level of diversity that reflects the demographics of the communities we serve, while at the same time fostering an inclusive environment of appreciation and respect. In furtherance of its mission, the Committee plans and implements firm-wide education, training and social activities, recommends and conducts compulsory diversity training programs, and acts as a resource for the firm. In addition, the Diversity Committee disseminates a community calendar of multicultural events and assists with recruiting and retention initiatives. Listed below are some of the most recent activities of the Diversity Committee.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Essay Contest. Every year, the firm sponsors the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Student Essay Contest in the Rochester City School District. Students in the third, fourth and fifth grades are asked to submit essays about what Martin Luther King, Jr. Day means to them. Attorneys and staff at the firm will select the finalists and vote on the winning essays and one winner will be selected in each grade level.

Each winner will receive a personal gift and gift card, and his or her classroom will receive a pizza party and $200 class gift card.  In addition, all classrooms with 100% participation will be entered into a raffle for a pizza party, and each participating classroom will receive a Certificate of Appreciation.

The theme of this year’s essay contest is: Why is Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech still important today? Limit one submission per student, and essays must be in English, neatly printed or typed, original work, and by one author only. Essays must be returned to HSE and postmarked no later than Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Winners will be notified by Monday, January 8, 2018, and prizes will be presented in the classroom on Friday, January 12, 2018. Please click here to view contest rules

Family Movie Night. The firm held its second annual movie night with a screening of an animated children’s movie designed to teach why it’s important to get to know those that appear different. This event was attended by 75 firm employees and their children.

Stand Against Racism.  HSE has participated in the YMCA’s “Stand Against Racism” for the past several years.  The goal of the Stand is to eliminate racism by raising awareness and encouraging conversation about the causes of racism.  

Spread the Word to End the Word. The firm joined Daystar for Medically Fragile Infants, the Golisano Foundation, and Special Olympics International to “Spread the Word to End the Word”—a program to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed).”

Buffalo Office. Employees served food to underprivileged members of the Buffalo community at Buffalo’s Central Café.

Diversity Committee

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Diversity Committee Chair

Thomas M. TuoriDiversity Committee Co-Chair

Irina Antinoro

Iskra Bonanno

Rebecca Graf

Melissa Henderson

John Horn

Alexandra Lugo

Christopher Potash

Dawn Pratt

Edward Premo

Kimberly Quartier

Jodi Reynolds

Mary Ellen O’Dell Schantz

Kimberly Shimomura

Juanita Swann


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