Diversity Education Institute

Diversity Education Institute
Sponsored by IPRA's Diversity (DIV) Section, Diversity Education Institute is a new hybrid event that is designed to provide students and professionals of all experience levels a curriculum that supports DEI awareness and provides tools that will assist in the process of operationalizing DEI at their agency. The day will begin with an inspiring keynote from Roslyn Johnson, Director of Recreation & Parks for Baltimore County (MD), followed by two in-person and one virtual track of sessions that will feature industry professionals and quality speakers presenting on DEI topics such as language barriers, biases, LGBTQ+, harassment and intervention, hiring practices, and being an agency Champion for Change. Come network with colleagues and be a part of the growing DEI discussion that has taken storm across the country. This event is generously sponsored by the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation (IPRF). Lunch is included with in-person registration.

Who Should Attend: Park and recreation, conservation, and forest preserve district professionals that are seeking to build and strengthen their foundation for DEI awareness and identify tools and resources that will help operationalize DEI at their agency.

Virtual Track Option: Virtual registrants will have access to the keynote presentation via live-stream and three pre-recorded sessions with Linda Henderson-Smith, Juan Carlos Acevedo, and Tiffany Johnson. Break time between sessions will be 10 minutes, and the virtual program will conclude at 1:30 p.m. CST. Virtual attendees do not have a scheduled lunch break and are responsible for their own lunch.

How To Participate Virtually: The virtual track option will take place live via Zoom Webinar - no recordings will be available after the event. It is not required to have an account, but the web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first meeting from a computer. Attendees can also participate from a smart device using the Zoom app, or can use the call-in feature. Upon registering for the event with IPRA, participants will be emailed an invitation from Zoom with a unique join link. If you have not received the invitation by 9:00 a.m. on October 20, please contact Duane Smith at [email protected]

Live Transcriptions: Live transcriptions are available to virtual participants for no additional charge. 

To Register:
Login to your IPRA account, select "Register Myself", then register for the in-person or virtual event. If you do not have one, create an account (membership not required), then register for the event. Students members should register by selecting one of the Student Registration options and identifying their current academic institution. Registration deadline is Friday, October 15, 2021.

Fee:          Virtual        In-Person  *Includes Lunch
Students            FREE           FREE 
Members            $30            $60
Non-Members             $45            $90

Event Safety Protocols:  We will be following CDC, state, local, and/or facility guidelines for safety as they apply to the circumstances in October 2021.  Safety protocols may include mask-wearing , reduction in participation numbers, social distancing, and easy access to hand sanitizer. Attendees will be receive an email correspondence close to the event date with further details about the event's safety guidelines.

Cancellations: Refunds will be issued to requests received on or before October 15, 2021, less a 20% administrative fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after October 15, 2021.

CEUs: Event approved for 0.4 CEUs and will be awarded to those in attendance for at least 45 minutes each session (Continuing Education Units are for CPRECPRP, and CTRS certifications).

Questions: Contact Diversity Section Director Manuel Aguilar at [email protected]

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR

              

When
10/21/2021 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Where
Tinley Park Park District Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center 8125 West 171st Street Tinley Park, IL 60477 UNITED STATES

Program


Thursday, 21 October 2021

Description
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. for in-person and virtual attendees. Bring your favorite morning beverage and network with attendees.
Time
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
10/21/2021 8:30 AM

Parks and Recreation is in the business of saving lives, but are we working on saving ALL lives?  Who are we missing out on because we are not diverse in our thinking, outreach, programming and design? This all points back to our amazing industry professionals and the day-to-day decisions we all have to make. Do we have blind sides? Are we biased? Do we forget about certain populations?  Do we unknowingly make mistakes? Of course we do, we are all human. This is 2021 and unfortunately we have left some of our residents behind, not on purpose but by accident.  Diversity is much more than just black and white, so let's talk about it.
Time
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
10/21/2021 9:00 AM

Research is clear that implicit bias impacts hiring and retention outcomes, especially for staff from historically marginalized communities, but how and why? More importantly, what can we do to create more equitable practices and outcomes? Join this session to learn the why, how and what of bias in hiring and how we can be more intentional about creating equitable outcomes for all staff.
Time
10:10 AM - 11:10 AM
10/21/2021 10:10 AM

Being aware of the different types of language barriers in the workplace is one way you facilitate more efficient communication. This session will help managers find strategies to create an environment where employees who aren't native English speakers feel like they can ask for clarification without being ridiculed or that there might be repercussions for not fully understanding a message. Inversely, this session will go over strategies of how managers can seek input from the "silent voices" of the organization, who many times have information and ideas that can otherwise escape our attention but are essential to the operations of the organization.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10/21/2021 10:15 AM

Equality and inclusiveness have become societal priorities that include the transgender population, specifically as it relates to the accessibility and acceptance in public parks, recreation facilities, and employment opportunities. This “How to…” session will present first-hand life experiences (as a transgender person) and help create more transgender awareness for cisgender individuals and provide the right tools to address, welcome, and better understand the trans community. You will journey alongside Sophie as she shares her greatest struggles, challenges, perspectives, and life experiences, all in an effort to open hearts and minds so EVERYONE can have the same access, advantages, and opportunities.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10/21/2021 10:15 AM

In-person attendees will have access to a virtual recording from Emmanuel "Chris" Welch, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives during lunch. In-person attendees receive a lunch included with registration.
Time
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
10/21/2021 11:15 AM

Being aware of the different types of language barriers in the workplace is one way you facilitate more efficient communication. This session will help managers find strategies to create an environment where employees who aren't native English speakers feel like they can ask for clarification without being ridiculed or that there might be repercussions for not fully understanding a message. Inversely, this session will go over strategies of how managers can seek input from the "silent voices" of the organization, who many times have information and ideas that can otherwise escape our attention but are essential to the operations of the organization.
Time
11:20 AM - 12:20 PM
10/21/2021 11:20 AM

This informative session will equip you and your team with tools that will help authentically enhance DEI at your agency. Led by LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Conversation facilitators Laure Kosey and Drew Kambach, this session will discuss the HR processes of recruitment and training, implementation of DEI policies and procedures at your agency, use of inclusive language to help streamline your agency forms, and additional DEI opportunities as they relate to marketing and public services.
Time
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
10/21/2021 12:15 PM

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) has taken center stage, and organizations across the nation are taking a hard look at how to create more meaningful change for employees and members of their community. Whether its creating a new DEI Committee, updating the agency’s mission and vision, diversifying the continuum of services, or broadening board and staff training, it is important to start somewhere and be intentional with your efforts. Featuring Jon Marquardt, Superintendent of Facilities at the Skokie Park District, this session will highlight the Skokie Park District as the first recipient of IPRA’s new Champions for Change Award that recognizes agencies with unique and exemplary practices of increasing access and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within their organization and community. Come join your colleagues and learn how the Skokie Park District come to mirror its community and become a hub for DEI.
Time
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
10/21/2021 12:15 PM

The relationships built between staff, supervisors, and external stakeholders is paramount. Employees should be able to examine internal relationships amongst themselves to allow for more efficiency, which will result in seamless services to external customers. Bridging that gap through our experiences can transform an organization, focusing on developing racial and cultural consciousness and a more diverse and influential office. This session will be both informative and engaging. Come prepared to stretch your thoughts and be challenged to walk the talk.
Time
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
10/21/2021 12:30 PM

Bullying is a public health and a public safety crisis nationwide, with more than 70% of youth and adults reporting they have witnessed bullying. We will engage in a robust, thought-provoking conversation that defines bullying behavior; along with outlining strategies for interruption and prevention. When we offer folks safe spaces to speak honestly about their experiences and provide them with working, actionable knowledge; they typically use all their available resources to improve their environment for the benefit of everyone.
Time
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
10/21/2021 1:30 PM

During this session we will define what implicit and explicit biases are.  We will learn how prevalent biases really are in our everyday life.  Biases, if left unchecked, can really turn us into a person we do not want to be and/or a person we don't know we are.  We are Recreation and Parks and are tasked with serving the entire community but this can be difficult because of our own biases and sometimes shows up in the decisions we make,  in our programming, and even in our interactions with our coworkers.  The good news is, you are not alone.  We are all experiencing and responding based on our own biases.  Let's learn how to be better together!
Time
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
10/21/2021 1:30 PM

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