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American Centre, Chennai to hold panel discussion on LGBTQI+ community on June 10

Chennai, June 8 (IANS)

The American Center, located inside the U.S. Consulate General Chennai, will conduct a  panel discussion with young leaders from the LGBTQI+ community on “LGBTQI+ community and questions on belonging.” 

The panelists are Natasha, who works at a leading multinational corporation (MNC) in Chennai; Malini Jeevarathnam, filmmaker and founder of Veytikaari Productions; and Chethana, lawyer and founder of SWAN (Safe Workplace Network).  Vasanth Venkatachari, Director at Cognizant Technologies, will moderate the panel.  

The American Center is celebrating Pride Month and the programming on June 10 is anchored around this theme.  The centre will also conduct a book-reading session for young children (ages 4 to 8) on diversity.  

At 3:30 p.m., Education USA will present a session on “Diversity and Inclusion in U.S. classrooms.”  Diversity and inclusion are key aspects of U.S. higher education that make them stand out to welcome students from different backgrounds.

U.S. Consulate General Chennai’s Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Bullock said: “We are excited to welcome the public to the American Center once again on a Saturday!  Our patrons and visitors have been looking forward to a Saturday opening to attend our programs, visit the Center, and meet our Education USA and U.S.-India Educational Foundation advisors for a long time.”  

It is to be noted that American Centre has been an integral part of Chennai’s cultural and literary landscape for the last 76 years and is a  powerhouse of books, discussions, cultural events, and resource materials.On June 10, the public can access the American Center without a prior appointment and attend various programs lined up from morning to evening, in addition to gaining access to thousands of books on varied topics.  

 To enter the American Center, visitors are requested to carry an original Indian government-issued photo

identity card and enter from the Cathedral Road entrance.Cell phones must be deposited at the security counter of the Consulate General.  Other electronic devices, including iPads/smart watches/laptops, etc., are not allowed.  Wearing masks is mandatory to enter the building.  

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