Civil dialogue involves creating a safe place for participants to assemble to discuss a challenging issue. The process of dialogue typically involves some level of facilitation, agreement to a set of guidelines, and has a central focus on increasing understanding among participants on the topic. Civil dialogue will always seek to foster listening and understanding. This particular framework focuses the dialogue efforts on race relations.
We were thrilled to have Dr. Kevin McDonald, the vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion from the University of Virginia as the Keynote for our virtual Annual Conference this year. Dr. McDonald gave an inspirational message on Inclusive Excellence. Enjoy the video again that he shared with us: To Speak Up for Inclusion, we need to speak about inclusion.
Professional Development will be sponsoring a 1-day learning exchange for Extension and Outreach staff and faculty, Understanding Implicit Racial Bias: Rewiring Our Perceptions and Intentions (UIRB), developed by the Iowa Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Adult, Children and Family Services Division.
RPI is a 1-day learning exchange that will bring together Extension and Outreach staff and faculty to have conversations about the intersections of race, equity and child welfare. This is another learning opportunity to build on our Navigating Difference Cultural Competency Series and Coming Together for Racial Understanding workshop.
The ability to plan and deliver effective presentations is an important skill–whether you are presenting to your staff or board, to an in-person audience of colleagues at a seminar or conference, to participants at a program at your institution, or in an online program. As educators, we give so much focus to the quality of the content we are presenting that all too often we don’t pay enough attention to the learning experience we are creating in the presentation of that content. If the presentation is not accessible and inclusive then the content you provide is not being effectively communicated to the broadest audience, including those with disabilities.