Extension diversity conference boasts variety of workshops

There are many reasons to attend the Tri-State Diversity Conference Feb 10-11 at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott in Hebron, Ky. There’s the fact that this year’s theme is “Lens of Diversity,” and it features internationally known teacher, lecturer and diversity trainer Jane Elliott, who will engage the audience in her famous interactive exercise Blue/Brown Eyes. There’s also a great line-up of workshops that are offered this year, including “Exploring Cultural Competency through the Lens of Class and Classism” presented by Karen Pace, Michigan State University Extension program leader, and Dionardo Pizaña, Extension specialist. Karen and Dionardo have attended and presented at the diversity conference for the past two years. They’ve also been invited to present an additional pre-conference workshop this year, “Leadership in Dealing With Difficult Multicultural Discussions.”

 And if those are not enough reasons to attend, two $500 scholarships are being offered to assist MSUE staff members in attending the conference. The money will help cover registration, lodging, meals and partial travel. The scholarships will be offered on a first-come basis. The scholarships are being funded by the fee that Dionardo and Karen are being paid for offering the pre-conference workshop. What a fantastic example of the leadership they provide for MSUE!

 If you’re interested in the scholarships, or you just want more information, contact Dionardo Pizaña at pizanad@msu.edu. For more information about the conference, visit http://ces.ca.uky.edu/tristatediversityconference/.

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