Conference Workshops

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Workshops

Diversity is a FACT, but Inclusion is a Leadership Behavior.
Presenter: Dr. Tim Findley, System Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Many organizations have implemented diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives. Norton Healthcare because it wants to be a more inclusive organization developed a new leadership performance management system called the “Norton Leadership Way.” The system has integrated within it, “Inclusion Behaviors” to serve as a road map to help leaders understand what it means to be truly inclusive. The more successful we are as leaders, the greater we will be as an organization . In the workshop we will present each of the inclusion behaviors and the counter behavior that cause disconnects in diverse organizations.

Arrested Development: 'Orange is the New Black'
Presenter: Amberly Carter (Coordinator of Multiculturalism & Inclusion, Morehead State University)

Consider how the controversial comedy-drama, “Orange is the New Black” depicts the lives of prisoners who are women, trans*, and people of color. The Netflix original series is sparking conversation around their issues at a time when incarceration rates are skyrocketing. 2.3 million people, or 1 in every 100 adults, are currently serving sentences. In ‘OITNB’ Piper, a privileged college grad who made 1 poor decision 10 years ago that landed her behind bars, says she was no different from the other inmates... If she’s right, you’ll want to continue that conversation with your students to help them better understand our prison-industrial system and its impact on marginalized groups. Learn what you may or may not know about diversity--and yourself--by watching snippets from ‘OITNB’ in Amberly’s engaging and interactive presentation on ‘judgement by the content of character’.

Supporting More White People to Act for Racial Justice
Presenters: Carla Wallace (Leadership Team, Showing up for Racial Justice) & Carol Kraemer (SURJ member & Director of the David-Putter Scholarship Fund)

Too often, those of us who are white do not see work for diversity to be in our mutual interest. Alternatively, we fear "not doing it perfectly", so we do not engage at all. This results in too many of us "checking out", remaining silent, or worse, resenting attempts to create spaces that are welcoming to all people. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) formed during the racial backlash to the election of the first Black president, and works to engage more white people in the work for racial equity. We use an engaged format that helps participants identify their strengths and weaknesses, look at what holds them back when it comes to engaging in change making, and create their own mini action plan to work for inclusion and power sharing across lines of race and other differences.

Transgender Basics: Supporting and valuing trans people
Presenter: AJ Jones (Program Coordinator, Sr., University of Louisville LGBT Center)

This session is geared toward those who are unfamiliar with topics and ideas surrounding gender identity and expression. It aims to provide a tool box of vocabulary, tips, and practical responses for interacting positively with transgender people both personally and professionally. This session will explore some newer and challenging concepts, but holds that there is value to every persons experience. This is a space to explore these concepts and ideas in a safe and inclusive way, with plenty of time for questions and group dialogue. Participants will gain valuable information in this session, and will also begin to think about ways that they might practice allyship with the trans community.

Global Competence -- Acculturation and Kim's Intercultural Personhood Theory
Presenter: Stacy Shipman (PhD student, Bellarmine University & Project Manager for SPLASH, part of the State Professional Development Grant for the Kentucky Department of Education through the University of Louisville.)

In an age of unprecedented immigration, the need for cultural competence is no longer left for the road warriors and jet setters. Diversity is the order of the day. It is no longer something to go toward. It is here among us; it is us. The emerging field of Global Competence is forging its way onto the scene, born of the needs mass diversity presents in a world of competing cultural identities. In this presentation, I will briefly discuss the developing literature in Global Competence along with Young Yun Kim’s Intercultural Personhood Theory (IPT) as a model for investigating diversity in this new age.

Intersectionality and Intragroup Bias
Presenter: Christine Wiggins-Romesburg (PhD candidate in Human Resource Development at UofL)

Intraethnic and intersectional biases are under-studied and have often ignored patterns of workplace behavior that can result in discrimination and hostile work climates. This presentation will explore these concepts further by examining the diverse demographic characteristics within the Latino community which make group members susceptible to multiple forms of discrimination. This presentation concludes with recommendations for further research and a call for a more holistic vision of workplace diversity.

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Workshops

Education for All: The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
Presenter: Charles C. Davis, Jr. is the Coordinator, of the Equity and Inclusion Unit of the Department of Diversity, Equity and Poverty Programs for Jefferson County Public School

Terms such as diversity and cultural competence, while ubiquitous in 21st century education, can often become white noise. By examining the research of professor and pedagogical theorist Gloria Ladson-Billings, session participants will engage in dialogue to examine the implications of culturally relevant pedagogy in education, its contributions to the academic and personal success of students, and its role in developing students’ critical consciousness.

The Landscape of Diversity in the P-12 System
Presenters: Dr. James Calleroz White (Louisville Collegiate School), Mr. Dan Zoeller (Trinity High School), Mrs. Mary Lee McCoy (Sacred Heart Academy), Dr. Perry Sangalli (St. Xavier High School)

The principals will provide an overview of their diversity efforts (i.e., recruitment, retention, curriculum development) at their respective schools, highlight the successes and challenges of providing leadership and support for diversity initiatives in the K-12 system, and offer advice to aspiring and/or current administrators on how to effectively serve as an advocate for diversity initiatives.

LGBT cultural competency for health care professionals
Presenters: Lisa Gunterman (Assistant Director, LGBT Center at the University of Louisville) & Stacie Steinbok (Program Coordinator Sr. ,LGBT Center on the Health Science Campus)

Health care students rarely receive in-depth training on cultural competency skills to use with LGBT patients and populations. In collaboration with the UofL Health Sciences Campus, the LGBT Center developed a targeted 90 min presentation to deliver to health care students (medical, nursing, dental) to provide this crucial training. Evaluations have revealed that health care students value this training, find it relevant, and rate its effectiveness highly. Presenters will also provide information about other well-received LGBT health training provided to these schools such as the LGBT Health and Wellness Competency Certificate series.

Financial Empowerment in mid to low income individuals
Presenter: Chelsey Franz (PhD student, UofL & Information Sciences Instructor, Bellarmine University)

Louisville, KY is one of 12 cities actively engaged in the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition (CFE). Working to improve the financial health of the people being served within the social services network, Louisville has made significant strides in the past several years. Most recently, in response to a Living Cities grant, the Money Talks project was formulated. Within this project, team members developed and began implementing a three-course curriculum and subsequent certification regarding financial empowerment. Currently, the Department of Community Services and Revitalization (CSR) offers this Community Financial Empowerment Certification to local case managers, direct service providers, administrative staff, and local organizations with a common goal of improving the financial health of Louisville’s mid to low income families and individuals. We sought to help clarify facilitating factors that subsequently promotes improved financial health within the social services provided by the city government.

Diversity as Accountability in Higher Education: A Shift Toward African American Inclusion
Presenter: Michael Washington (Professor, Northern Kentucky University)

The purpose of this paper is to describe how a major university in the state of Kentucky was held to account for implementing a diversity initiative that excluded African Americans. The paper will describe how the university administration omitted the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary’s expectation to preserve and enhance effective desegregation efforts. It will also reveal how recommendations from two university sponsored diversity reports targeted African Americans for inclusion and how this recommendation was omitted from implementation by the administration. Finally, it reveals the role played by black faculty in implementing a diversity policy that excluded their very own initiatives. The paper is an attempt to disclose how the intent, omissions, denial and low expectations of the out-going administrators were exposed as they departed from office.

That's NOT What I Meant, Let Me Explain...
Presenter: Marian R. Vasser (Coordinator of Engagement Programs, University of Louisville - IDOP)

Have you ever felt your well-intended statements were simply misunderstood? Are you overly careful about interacting with others who are different because you are concerned you may offend them? Have you ever had a "foot in my mouth" moment? There is good news... These are actually common concerns and occurrences. During this interactive session, we will offer tools and information for transforming many of the conversations we have around issues of diversity. Attend this session if you are interested in transforming the quality and effectiveness of your interactions with others. Participants who attend this session will find simple ways to minimize offending others. More importantly, participants will learn how their well-intended statements may have actually caused harm.

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Workshops

Standing In the Place Where You Are! Direct Action for Policy Change
Presenter: Chris Hartman (Director of the Fairness Campaign)

Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman will share an overview of the Fairness Campaign's model for direct action organizing in Kentucky for policy change. In recent years, the Fairness Campaign has worked to pass LGBT non-discrimination Fairness laws in several Kentucky cities, including Danville, Morehead, the Capital City of Frankfort, and the tiny Appalachian town of Vicco. The Fairness Campaign has also worked to move Statewide Fairness legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly.

Dialogue to Action: Community and Political Organizing
Presenter: Attica Scott (District 1 Councilwoman)

Now that you have had the opportunity to engage in some rich conversations around diversity, we will look at how you can turn your dialogues into action. In this workshop, we will explore ways in which we can and must prioritize full inclusion of young people, women, people of color and others into our community and political organizing.

Building Bridges: How LGBT and Christian Communities Can Overcome Perceived Barriers to Communication
Presenters: Brian Buford (Assistant Provost for Diversity and LGBT Center Director, UofL) & Paul Gibson (Hardinburg Baptist Church)

When people start talking and sharing their stories with one another across (perceived) lines of difference, amazing things can happen. Using the Principles of Nonviolence as a guide, this session will explore how campus leader and church leaders from seemingly-disparate communities—LGBT and Southern Baptist—broke down barriers and entered into the difficult-but-important work of deep listening and honoring one another’s identity and values. What resulted was transforming for both and created new opportunities to build bridges and heal past hurts. During the workshop, we will discuss:

  • The power of personal stories in transforming relationships and deepening our understanding of diverse communities
  • Why connections between LGBT people and Christians sometimes break down, and how to repair them
  • Ways to offer support to someone with whom you might disagree and forge friendships that transcend differences

Cultivating Religious Diversity on College Campuses
Presenter: Melanie-Préjean Sullivan (Director of Campus Ministry at Bellarmine)

This session will explore ways in which small campuses with limited budgets can create interfaith connections. Using a wealth of community and campus resources and operating from a theology of abundance, rather than one of scarcity, one campus has increased interfaith conversations in the past 15 years, over 15 fold. Our dialogue will address ways in which these methods might be duplicated on other campuses as well as in the workplace. An interactive segment will include practical pointers and an activity for strengthening Interfaith Conversations, especially during the politically divisive times in which we live and work.

The University of Louisville African American Male Initiative
Presenter: James Wilkerson (UofL, Program Coordinator for the African American Male Initiative)

Despite the large number of African-American students attending the university, the persistence, retention and matriculation rate of African-Americans continues to fall behind White students and other ethnic groups. A commitment to African-American males not only meets the needs of these students, but also meets the institutions goal of increasing retention and graduation rates. This is particularly true for African-American Males; a trend that has persisted locally and nationally. This presentation will show our goal at the University of Louisville is to graduate 80% of the African-America male population and become the #1 college for producing African-American male graduates through academic achievement, mentoring, peer connection and student involvement.

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