Developing a Diversity Lens – Why it Matters
This two-part series will focus on providers building an understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work in the PreK-12 educational settings. Topics covered will allow participants: to assess their own diversity lens; understanding the impact of inequitable, non-diverse and anti-inclusionary practices; and learn of strategies to respond to these practices when encountered.
Part One: The Context of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Perspective Matters
Distance Learning Description: In Part I, participants will examine personal beliefs, assumptions, and behaviors, and reflect on how they influence behaviors in the professional space. Topics to be covered include bias, microaggressions and others.
Part Two: Building a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Space: The Responsibility of Responding: In Part II, through reading, role playing, and reflecting, participants will begin to amass the necessary tools, resources, and understandings towards building awareness, sensitivity, and advocacy both, personally and professionally.
AN Trainer: Cynthia Townsend is the Founder and Director of Ideas, Knowledge & Strategies (IKS) LLC. Cynthia’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion background includes topics related to cultural competence in the hiring process and building understanding and responding to microaggressions across – isms. Cynthia holds a BA in Elementary Education; MA in Educational Leadership, Northeastern Illinois University and Ph.D. in Reading, Languages and Literacy from Concordia University in Chicago.
Intended Audience: Emergent and Seasoned Leaders
Cost - FREE
IAN Trainer - Cynthia Townsend is the Founder and Director of Ideas, Knowledge & Strategies (IKS) LLC
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