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This year, the AAG has launched a unique new initiative called the Emerging Workforce Scholars Program. The program allows aspirational high school and undergraduate students from underserved Boston-area communities to attend the Annual Meeting and interact with geography and geoscience professionals to learn about the work they perform and the preparation needed for careers in their field. The program builds on the AAG’s long-term commitment to enhancing diversity in geography and the geosciences and addressing equity and social justice issues.Massachusetts Sec. of Labor & Workforce Development Ronald L. Walker, II

In support of this program, Ms. Trinh Nguyen (pictured, right), the Director of Mayor Walsh’s Office of Workforce Development, will participate in a panel on Friday, April 7 from 1:20 – 3:00 pm entitled “Building Tomorrow’s Workforce: Leading Employers Discuss Career Pathways to Jobs in Infrastructure, Hospitality, Tech, and Sustainability,” and from 3:20 – 4:00 pm the Honorable Ronald L. Walker, II, Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development (pictured, right) will be keynote speaker at the recognition ceremony for the AAG Emerging Workforce Scholars program participants. This session is entitled: “Keynote by Hon. Sec. Ronald L. Walker, Massachusetts Secretary of Labor: Massachusetts’s Workforce Investment Programs and AAG Emerging Workforce Scholars Recognition Ceremony.” Both sessions will take place in Room 203 of the Hynes Convention Center.

For more information about the Emerging Workforce Scholars Program, visit: http://www.aag.org/diversity_scholarship