Day 1: Wednesday, Nov. 6
Welcome and review the goals, expectations and the rules of engagement for attendees to participate in a productive, open dialogue throughout the program.
Danger of a Single Story
Facilitated by Kim Janulewicz, Brixmor
This learning roundtable will review Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk and reflect on the impact of “single stories” as they relate to your life, the people and communities you serve, and society.
Networking Dinner (included)
Join us for great food, company and conversation!
Day 2: Thursday, Nov. 7
8 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Unconscious Bias and Micro Messages
Kei Graves, M.H., and Kaila “KJ” Johnson
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultants
The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio (DCNEO)
Kei Graves, M.H.
Kaila “KJ” Johnson
We will explore the concepts of identity, unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion. Guided by expert DCNEO staff members, our time together will focus on building the awareness, knowledge and skills necessary to create communities where all are respected, connected and valued. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your experiences, engage with your colleagues and learn best practices for inclusion.
- How unique identities shape experiences and impact day-to-day interactions with others.
- Strategies for minimizing effects of unconscious bias on employee and client relations.
- Understand the role you play in communicating in the form of verbal, non-verbal and environmental micro-messages.
At The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, KJ Johnson researches and designs diversity and inclusion programming for the Higher Education & Young Adults (HEYA) division of The Diversity Center. HEYA offers a variety of services and opportunities that emphasize young adult leadership development based in promoting multiculturalism, anti-racism and accessibility in learning communities. Additionally, KJ organizes and facilitates diversity education programming for middle and high school conferences, summits and retreats to equip students to be agents of change.
Kei Graves (he, him, his) serves as a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant for educational institutions through SHIFT Consulting at The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. Kei’s work at The Diversity Center focuses on developing and facilitating meaningful professional development opportunities for educators on a variety of subjects, emphasizing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies; culturally responsive teaching/pedagogy and best practices. Kei also provides consultation for other organizations in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
Becoming a Top 5 Workplace for Diversity
Alfreda Brown, Vice President, Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Kent State University
Dana Lawless-Andric, Associate Vice President, Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Kent State University
Brad Owens, Director of Talent Acquisition and Development, SITE Centers
Learn what it took for Kent State to win a top spot on Forbes’ list of top employers for diversity in the U.S.
Wrap Up and Next Steps
Hotel & Travel
Hotel Block Reserved at: Embassy Suites, Beachwood.
Book your room one of two ways:
- Call 1-800-317-1960 give them the group code “SIT” and date.
- Go to www.embassybeachwood.com, enter dates and number of guests, click the "enter special code section", enter SIT for your group code and continue to make reservations. The cut-off date is Monday, October 14, 2019 to get group rate.
The closest airport is Cleveland Hopkins International. The Embassy Suites Beachwood is approximately 30 minutes from airport.