Diversity Dialogue: For a Better Future

The topic of our June 13th Diversity Dialogue was For a Better Future. For our children, learning does not happen only inside the classroom. This month’s topic will explore the resources our community offers in aiding the mental, emotional, and social development for our children. “Chief” Condra Ridley will start us off with some storytelling and personal history. We will then hear from from Erick T. Baker and Rev. Angelo Mante about their work. Learn more about our speakers below and view the Powerpoint Presentation here. Find photos of the event on our Facebook page.

Meet our Guest Speakers

"Chief" Condra Ridley

Storyteller / Cultural Advocate

Connect with Condra Ridley on Facebook or via email.


Erick T. Baker

Director of Outreach, Erin's House for Grieving Children

Erick T. Baker has served in his current role for more than 5 years. Erick has a bachelor’s in public administration from Purdue Fort Wayne. Erick has a passion for serving the youth and his community. His goals are to help as many young people as he can reach their highest potential. He has served in the United States Army and in local public service for over 20 plus years.

Rev. Angelo Mante

Executive Director, Alive Community Outreach

Rev. Angelo Mante, a Fort Wayne native returned to his hometown in 2017 after nearly a decade in Atlanta. The tragic loss of his first cousin spurred his return, prompting his family to be called back home to help foster peace in their community. In less than two years the vision for Alive Community Outreach began to form with Rev. Angelo Mante assuming the role of Executive Director.

One of the services provided by Alive Community, the Peacemakers Academy and program, was recently approved to be implemented in all of FWCS high schools. The Peacemakers Academy will be featured in June's Diversity Dialogue. The Peacemakers's Academy is a three-week intensive training for high school participants. It is an opportunity for individuals to learn how to foster a beloved community in their schools and lives.

Visit Alive Community Outreach’s website, or find them on Facebook.

Learn about our upcoming Diversity Dialogue events here.