The Mayor of Stamford went on a foreign trip. Here’s what she did.

STAMFORD – Mayor Caroline Simmons returned earlier this week from a trip to the Netherlands where she was speaking at a conference on preventing violent extremism.

Simmons said the international Strong Cities Network invited her to speak on a panel at the Transatlantic Mayoral Dialogue on Preventing Hate, Extremism, and Polarization, and Safeguarding Local Democracy, held in The Hague.

The panel on Prevention in an Evolving and Connected Threat Environment included Simmons; the Mayor of Vilvoorde, Belgium; the Mayor of Leiden, Netherlands; and the Deputy Mayor for Education of Helsinki, Finland.

Simmons said she spoke about Stamford hiring its first diversity, equity and inclusion officer, Carmen Hughes. The city created the position under former Mayor David Martin.

Hughes “is working to really embed equity and inclusion goals in all of our city departments,” Simmons said.