Creating Inclusive Organizations: invitation to participate in trainings

Dear Staff and Faculty,

The Senior Staff and the Center for Intercultural Life encourage you to come together for two opportunities focused on creating an inclusive, socially just campus community. The presenter at these opportunities will join us online but the Knox participants will be together in a room to be designated once we know how many people have signed up.

On Thursday, April 26 and Thursday, May 17 (both from 11am-2pm) social justice educator Dr. Kathy O’Bear will facilitate two virtual trainings that will provide us with knowledge and skills needed to create meaningful and sustainable organizational change. Obear has over 30 years of experience as an organizational development consultant and trainer specializing in creating inclusion, team and organizational effectiveness, conflict resolution, and change management.

Specifically, participants in these virtual institutes will:

–use an Inclusion Lens to engage in authentic dialogue about the current climate on campus;

–apply the Multicultural Organizational Development Model and identify critical Inclusive Indicators of a multicultural organizations;

–identify fundamental multicultural competencies for students, staff, and faculty;

–review and consider specific strategic actions that support organizational movement toward becoming a more inclusive and socially just campus; and

–determine next steps for creating greater inclusion and social justice within one’s spheres of influence.

You may participate in either or both of these virtual training institutes. Please RSVP to Tianna Cervantez at by Thursday, April 19. Meeting locations will be shared soon, and lunch will be provided. If you have any additional questions, please ask Tianna.

Additionally, free 70-minute introductory webinars are available two weeks prior to each institute (Thursday, April 12 and Thursday, May 3–both at 11am). The webinars–which you may listen to on your own at any location–provide a useful primer for those of us participating in the institutes. You can also participate in the webinars if you are unable to participate in the institutes. Register on your own for the April 12 free webinar here. (Registration for the May 3 webinar will be available soon.)

In order to provide this opportunity to all who wish to participate, supervisors are encouraged to accommodate this important request.