Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, October 21, from 6-8pm for a roundtable discussion on diversity beyond gender
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Diversity Beyond Gender 
A frank discussion on disability, race and other differences that (should) define the values of the peace and security community

Speakers: Peter Apps, Asha Castleberry

Wednesday, October 21 - 6-8pm
Diversity in the workplace is increasingly recognized as leading to better decisions, greater innovation and an ability to appeal to broader constituencies. But despite being able to point to leaders of all typeswomen generals, a black presidentthis doesn't necessarily translate to equal opportunities being offered to all people. 
What are the challenges, specific to working in peace and security, faced by people of a certain race, class, sexual orientation, disability or age? And what does it take to level the playing field?
For WIIS-NY, our ultimate goal is not just to promote women but to contribute to a more inclusive, more diverse peace and security community. Please join us tomorrow, October 21, from 6-8pm for an off-the-record conversation with Peter Apps, executive director of the PS21 think tank, and Asha Castleberry, a U.S. Army veteran and adjunct fellow with the American Security Project.

Light refreshments will be served. 

Global Center on Cooperative Security
747 Third Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10017

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Peter Apps is the executive director of PS21, a think tank dedicated to the study of major issues of the 21st century, and the global defense correspondent for Reuters. Having joined Reuters in 2003, Peter was posted overseas in southern Africa and Sri Lanka. In September 2006, while covering the conflict in the latter, his team's minibus collided with a tractor, leaving him largely paralyzed from the shoulders down. Returning to work in a wheelchair, he covered the emerging markets during the 2008 crash before becoming political risk correspondent for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Since 2013, he has been global defense correspondent. Of the 20 or so countries he has covered for Reuters, more than half have been since the injury.

A U.S. Army veteran, Asha Castleberry recently completed a 30-month deployment in the Middle East.  Since the 2014 ISIL incursion in Iraq, she served for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Kuwait.  From December 2012 to June 2014, Asha served as the Kuwait Desk Officer for International Military Affairs, U.S. Army Central.  In 2011, she received a student fellowship to work with the Military Staff Committee at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.  Asha serves on the Board of Advisors of America’s Impact, Veterans 4 Diplomacy, and Women Veterans and Families Network.  She is a also a member of the Truman National Security Project’s Defense Council and a cofounder of International Youth Council. A graduate of Hampton University and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Asha is a New Leaders Council Fellow and was chosen as one the Diplomatic Courier’s Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders.

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