Capturing life at PSEG: True diversity series is a true winner
The series looks to foster greater awareness, understanding and broad-thinking on issues of diversity and inclusion, as well as promote the importance of engaging in meaningful discussions on how to build strong and resilient communities where we live and work.
The inaugural film of the series, Jasper, Texas, was screened during Sunday’s kickoff event at NJPAC, which welcomed nearly 300 guests in attendance. Ellen Lambert, PSEG’s chief diversity officer and president-PSEG Foundation, and Rick Thigpen, vice president-state governmental affairs, provided opening remarks.
Jasper, Texas, is a critically-acclaimed film that tells the true story about a racially motivated hate crime in Jasper, Texas, which incited community leaders to work together to create stronger ties within an already divided community.
After the film, guests engaged in a thought-provoking panel discussion that was moderated by the Director of the Abbott Leadership Institute at Rutgers University-Newark, Junius W. Williams. The panel featured Jonathan Estrin, the writer and producer of Jasper, Texas; Billy Rowles, former sheriff of Jasper, Texas; Christina Swarns, director-litigation at the NAACP LDF; and John Arnold Jr., deputy director-Newark Police Department.
The PSEG Foundation will look to host future film screenings and panel discussions as part of this ongoing series. Stay tuned for details on these events as they become available.