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Monday, March 15, 2021

Amit Taneja Named:
Chautauqua Names First-Ever Senior V.P. and Chief IDEA Officer

Following a national search, Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill today announced the appointment of Amit Taneja as Chautauqua’s first-ever Senior Vice President and Chief Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Officer. In this role, Taneja will oversee the development of organization and community programs, services, opera-tions, trainings, procedures and policies to ensure that inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility are integral to all that is Chautauqua Institution.

As Chief IDEA Officer, he will also collaborate with staff, patrons and other community stakeholders across Chautauqua to infuse IDEA principles throughout the Institution and into the planning and development of all its programs across the Institution’s four pillars of the arts, education, recreation and religion. He will jointly serve a role as a Senior Vice President of the Institution, providing overall leadership assistance in support of Chautauqua’s strategic plan.

Chautauqua Institute was established just one year later by the same initiators as the Silver Lake Institute (SLI). Chautauqua was independently established and sought independent financial backing. SLI was chartered as a part of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Chautauqua's independence served it well and it became a bastion of higher learning and open-minded critical thinking. 

SLI became independent February 2, 2016, with a new mission to serve the general public. The biennial Silver Lake Experience has played a major role in the changing mission and goals of the Silver Lake Institute. SLI is primarily funded though the SLI property owners (in the charter referred to as franchises) with assistance granted from the Arts Council of Wyoming County, assisted by the NYS Legislature and Governor.

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