Our #1 Value:  Inclusion. Not just for people with disabilities, but all people. As our country faces racial turmoil, it is up to our community to educate one another of the ongoing systematic injustices and the work being done to relieve them.

October 28, 2020

6 PM - 7:30 PM | FREE


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Guest Speakers

Sacha Armstrong Crockett

Sacha Armstrong Crockett is a wife, mother of 5, real estate agent and activist from Middletown, CT.


As a realtor Sacha knows how to curate a home to make it a more welcoming space for all. She truly believes that can be done on the community level as well.


Creating spaces  that promote equity and inclusion with an anti-racist foundation should be the goal for any community. Sacha believes this can only be done by honoring black voices, the black experience and embracing black leadership. She will discuss how she is using her voice to effect the change she wants to see in her hometown.

Representative Quentin Phipps

State Representative Quentin “Q” Phipps is honored to serve the 100th District in the Connecticut General Assembly. Representative Phipps is the first African-American to represent the City of Middletown in Connecticut’s legislature. In Rep Q’s first term, he served as the Vice Chair of the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee, Vice Chair of the Progressive Caucus, and founded the Connecticut Downtown Main Street Caucus.


Quentin is a graduate of Middletown Public Schools and Bryant University, and he earned his Master’s of Public Administration from Villanova University. 

Quentin now serves Excellence Community Schools as their Director of Advocacy and Policy. In this role, “Q” builds capacity and supports Excellence Community School families through advocacy, community organizing, and strategic partnering. Quentin is also the co-founder and co-director of EquityCT, a nonprofit dedicated to creating learning opportunities, building actionable understanding of equity, and consciously dismantling systemic inequity 

through action and civic engagement. Furthering his career in education, “Q” joined University of Hartford’s Interdisciplinary Studies (UIS) faculty as an adjunct professor teaching students a course entitled, “Leadership: Opportunities and Challenges”. 


Quentin was named “40 Under 40” in Fairfield County Business Journal (2017) Hartford Business Journal (2015) and Connecticut Magazine (2013) for his professional and volunteerism achievements. “Q” was an American Council for Young Political Leaders Russia Delegate (2016), Community Foundation of Middlesex County Next Generation Leader (2018), Jewish Federation of North America Municipal Leader Israel Exchange (2019), and a State Legislative Leader Foundation Emerging Leader (2020).

Michael Rohde

Michael Rohde received his B.A. in Economics and Psychology at St. John Fisher College, and Masters in Human Services Administration at Antioch University.


In 1989, Rohde was elected to the Meriden City Council serving 18 years before being elected for three terms as Mayor of Meriden. Mike played a key role in the Flood Control Project, the downtown redevelopment effort, and the establishment of the Linear Trails.


Rohde is an extremely dedicated Child & Family Services Executive with an extensive background in broad-based experiences including tenures as President of the Connecticut Child Caring Association; Chairman of the Connecticut Association of Non-Profits; Chairman of the Connecticut Association of Human Services, and Vice Chair of the Connecticut Commission on Children.

As a community leader, Rohde provided leadership for the American Cancer Society Relay 

for Life; Meriden Puerto Rican Festival; Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship Breakfast, Meriden Black Expo; Project Graduation, and the Meriden Farmers Market.



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