MWPI, ICAN announce diversity and engagement leader

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Anasa D. Sinegal of Little Falls has been named Diversity and Engagement Leader for Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and Integrated Community Alternatives Network (ICAN). 

The new position will strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion across the community and received funding from The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. 

Sinegal worked previously as a research analyst and consultant at Phenomenalogics Media Diversity Consultants. Prior to that, she was a Division Director at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C., where she served on a number of committees and was the digital media, journalism and communications director. 

Sinegal holds a master’s degree in communications from California State University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. At Munson-Williams, she will report to the president and be part of the leadership team. She will work closely with Munson-Williams’ DEIA committee, PrattMWP College of Art & Design’s Black Student Union, the Museum’s African American Community Partners, as well as a host of other community engagement projects.

Munson-Williams’ President and CEO Anna D’Ambrosio said Sinegal was selected by a search committee comprised of Munson-Williams and ICAN staff.

“We are delighted to welcome Anasa,” D’Ambrosio said. “Her broad experience and commitment will create and develop new community engagement opportunities.”  

ICAN CEO/Executive Director Steven Bulger added, “We are excited and honored to work closely with Munson-Williams on this work, which is so important to both our community and the world at this time. Anasa’s expertise will assist our two organizations in strengthening diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in our region and beyond.” 

The joint role between Munson-Williams and ICAN is a perfect fit, Sinegal said.

“I practically grew up at the California African-American Museum, where my mom worked as a librarian,” she said. “My son and I have also thrived because of the benefits of human and social services. Race, gender, and equity have always been at the forefront of my thinking as a media practitioner and educator. Munson-Williams’ and ICAN’s interest in institutionalizing equity and belonging attracted me and I’m excited to drive long-term change at both organizations.” 

Sinegal will spend 50 percent of her time at each organization. The shared position will serve as a model for other organizations and will develop diversity, equity, and inclusion training programs to be shared in the community.

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