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Diversity Matters

Engage, Empower, Act! Schedule

Tentative Schedule

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8:00 A.M. – 8:45 A.M. Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:50 A.M. Welcoming Remarks - President Nook, Mayor Brown and Mayor Hart

9:05 A.M. Morning Keynote “Energizer” – Jason Sole

The toolbox will assist attendees to:

  • Value Diversity. Accepting and respecting differences—different cultural backgrounds and customs, different ways of communicating, and different traditions and values.
  • Be Culturally Self-Aware. Culture—the sum total of an individual's experiences, knowledge, skills, beliefs, values, and interests—shapes the sense of who they are and where they fit in their family, school, community, and society.
  • Appreciate the Dynamics of Difference. Knowing what can go wrong in cross-cultural communication and how to respond to these situations.
  • Knowledge of Students' Culture. Educators must have some base knowledge of their students' culture so that student behaviors can be understood in their proper cultural context.

9:40 A.M. Transition to Session 1 

9:45 A.M. Session 1     The Green Zone - issues faced by student veterans - Norman Ferguson

                                    Policing in multicultural towns – Mark Prosser - Police Chief Storm Lake

                                    Building the Business Case for Diversity – Chamber of Commerce or Iowa Workforce

                                    Empowerment thru Creative Enterprise – Andre Wright - BLU Clothing and Iowa City Area Development                           

10:35 A.M. Transition to Session 2

10:40 A.M. Session 2    Complexity of Complex Conversations – Dr. Lena Hill – Iowa, Chuck Swanson - Iowa

                                    Implicit Bias – Dr. Bev Smith – Waterloo Schools and Felicia Smith Neighborhood Services

                                    Re-Framing Master Narratives of Dis/ability Through an Affective Lens:

                                    Sophia Cruz’s LD Story at her Intersections – David Hernandez, University of Northern Iowa

                                    Overcoming Barriers to Effectively Working with Immigrants – Umaru Balde YWCA & Lisa Munoz - Hawkeye                     

11:30 A.M. Transition to Session 3

11:35 P.M. Session 3               Transgender Issues – Emily Harsch - University of Northern Iowa

Active Bystander Approach: Inclusive Campus Strategies – Alan Heisterkamp & Center for Violence Prevention

                                    How to Leverage Campus Strategies in the Business World – Liang Wee Northeast Iowa Community College

                                    Implicit Bias – Dr. Bev Smith – Waterloo Schools and Felicia Smith Neighborhood Services

12:25 P.M. Break for Lunch - Reconvene 2:30pm at YWCA

2:30 P.M. Opening Remarks Gwenne

intro to Diversity & Community Engagement via the Strategic Plan at UNI

2:45 P.M. Jason Sole afternoon address –

“Education, Advocacy, and Policing: Supporting a School to Success Pipeline”

Participants will use collaborative round table discussions to develop an action plan, create measurable goals and leverage roles in the community to influence and promote inclusion and equity practices in Black Hawk County schools, institutions of higher learning, companies and the judicial system.

Round tables include but are not limited to representatives from the following areas of focus:

·         Waterloo/Cedar Falls Public School Systems (teachers and administrators)

·         Arts and Youth Outreach

·         Neighborhood Engagement

·         Criminal Justice (law enforcement, juvenile court, probation, students, etc.)

·         Social Services (nonprofits, governmental, etc.)

·         Interfaith Communities

·         East Side Ministerial Alliance

·         Human Rights Commission

·         Iowa Workforce

·         Chamber of Commerce

3:15 P.M. Public Forum Begins 

4:55 P.M. Closing Remarks-Jason Sole

5:00 P.M. Conference Ends/Students Depart

5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Post Networking event – Rodney’s Kitchen