Lunch & Learn Workshops

LEVEL LUNCH & LEARN WORKSHOP SERIES

The Level Lunch & Learn Workshop Series is a continuation of our March 2019 Level Conversation which focused on Raising Awareness, Lowering Bias, and Creating Equity.  Beginning with emotional intelligence, the workshop topics will take a deeper dive into this important conversation by providing interactive training around organizational and individual cultural competence, true inclusion, and strategies to implement organizational change.

OUR NEXT SESSION

JULY 16TH 2019

LOCATION: STARK STATE COLLEGE AKRON

TOPIC: DIFFERENTIAL ASPECTS OF MINORITY MAJORITY RELATIONS

PRESENTERS: MARTINA-SHARP GRIER & ANNISA LANGWORTHY

Identity Development - Particularly within minoritized and marginalized groups - serves as a protective barrier against interpersonal and systemic discrimination in our communities. It provides a sense of connectedness and safety in an environment that can feel - and that oftentimes, is - hostile. This protective barrier, while useful is often misinterpreted and misunderstood by the dominant group structure, and has historically resulted in a response that further alienates groups already marginalized. How can we interrupt this cycle? In this interactive session, professors Sharp-Grier and Langworthy will outline the processes and rationale behind minority group identity formation and will discuss the social and interpersonal consequences of the process. Participants will be asked to actively consider how they can utilize the "contact hypothesis" as a means to bridge the knowledge gap between minoritized and non-minoritized communities, and as a mechanism to encourage opportunities for interpersonal, social, and economic collaboration between seemingly disparate groups.

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FUTURE SESSIONS

AUGUST 20TH 2019

LOCATION BOUNCE INNOVATION HUB

TOPIC: ORGANIZING FOR INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

PRESENTER: DANA LAWLESS-ANDRIC


SEPTEMBER 17TH 2019

LOCATION: SIKICH

TOPIC:INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP: STRATEGIES TO CREATING AND LEADING A DIVERSE TEAM

PRESENTER: BILLY TAYLOR


OCTOBER 15TH 2019

LOCATION: TBD

TOPIC: THE TRUE VALUE OF EQUITY AND INCLUSION FOR ALL

PRESENTER: MADHU SHARMA JD.


NOVEMBER 19TH 2019

LOCATION: TBD

TOPIC: BECOMING A CULTURALLY COMPETENT PROFESSIONAL 2.0

PRESENTER: FEDEARIA NICHOLSON- SWEVAL Ph.D.

THIS WORKSHOP PROVIDES AN INTRODUCTION TO THE FRAMEWORK AND RATIONALE FOR BEING A CULTURALLY PROFESSIONAL IN TODAYS’S GLOBAL ECONOMY. LEARN ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CULTURE AND DIVERSITY AND BEGIN TO EXAMINE INDIVIDUAL CULTURAL, BACKGROUND, INCLUDING PRIVELEDGE. DEVELOP UNDERSTANDING OF HOW CULTURAL VALUES SHAPE OUR ATTITUDES AND BELIEFS, AND HOW THESE FACTORS IMPACT OUR BEHAVIOR. PRACTICE SKILLS FOR RESPECT DIALOGUE ACROSS DIFFERENCES, AND EXPLORE HOW THESE SKILLS CAN SUPPORT US AT WORK AND IN OUR COMMUNITY.


DECEMBER 17TH 2019

LOCATION: TBD

TOPIC: WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO HAVE REAL CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE?  

PRESENTER: HEATHER STERANKA-PETIT

THIS SESSION WILL EXPLORE WHY HAVING REAL AND MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE AND RACISM ARE SO DIFFICULT IN OUR SOCIETY.  CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE AND RACISM CAN TRIGGER ALL KINDS OF EMOTIONS AND PEOPLE CAN GET FRUSTRATED AND DEFENSIVE.  IN THIS SESSION WE WILL EXPLORE SOME WAYS TO ENGAGE IN MEANINGFUL AND PRODUCTIVE DIALOGUE ACROSS RACE.  WE WILL LOOK AT SOME OF THE TOPICS IN THE BOOK “WHITE FRAGILITY” BY ROBIN DIANGELO, PHD AND WORK ON BUILDING OUR CAPACITY FOR DIALOGUE IN THE ON-GOING WORK TOWARDS SOCIAL JUSTICE.