Diversity Education Institute

Diversity Education Institute
Sponsored by IPRA's Diversity (DIV) Section, Diversity Education Institute is a unique hybrid event designed to provide students and professionals of all experience levels a curriculum that increases DEI awareness and identifies tools to assist in the process of operationalizing DEI at their agency. This 2nd annual event will begin with an inspiring keynote from Illinois Senator Adriane Johnson of the 30th Legislative District, followed by a track of sessions featuring respected industry practitioners and professional speakers presenting on topics such as 'starting the DEI conversation', ableism, strategic diversity planning, and building inclusive communities. Come network with colleagues and keep the DEI discussion at the forefront in Illinois. This event is generously sponsored by the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation (IPRF).

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: Virtual attendees will have access to the keynote presentation with Senator Adriane Johnson and three live-stream sessions: Marketing to Diverse Communities, Unpacking Ableism & Shifting Perspective on Disability, and Building Inclusive Communities Begins with Belief in Self. Virtual registration does not include lunch.

How To Participate Virtually: The virtual track 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 September 8, please contact Duane Smith at [email protected]

Live Transcriptions: Live transcriptions are available to virtual participants via Otter.ai at 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 Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

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

Cancellations: Refunds will be issued to requests received on or before September 6, 2022, less a 20% administrative fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after September 6, 2022.

CEUs: Virtual and in-person tracks each 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 certifications such as CPRE, CPRP, and CTRS.

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

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR

              

When
9/9/2022 9:00 AM - 2:45 PM
Where
Glenview Park District Park Center 2400 Chestnut Avenue Glenview, IL 60026 UNITED STATES

Program


Friday, 09 September 2022

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
9/9/2022 8:30 AM

VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON: In this keynote presentation, Illinois Senator Adriane Johnson of the 30th Legislative District will share her amazing journey to becoming an Illinois State Senator and how she was able to build key relationships and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion along the way.
Time
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
9/9/2022 9:00 AM

IN-PERSON ONLY: Starting a conversation with employees regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion is the most important step when trying to address issues and/or begin the process of operationalizing DEI within the agency. However, it is more than a simple conversation; you need to learn how to create a "brave space". Come join the discussion on how to engage staff and make DEI a permanent part of your agency culture.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
9/9/2022 10:15 AM

VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON: According to the latest United States census, more than one-third of the population is classified as racial or ethnic minorities (U.S. Census, 2020) and the nation’s diversity is likely to increase in the future. Park administrators and managers across the country are facing different challenges in providing programs and recreational activities to diverse groups. Not only do ethnic and racial minorities have unique recreation and program preferences, but often some are unaware that programs exist in their communities. This session will talk about the different strategies a park district or agency can implement in the short and long term to build a two-way relationship with a diverse constituency.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
9/9/2022 10:15 AM

Lunch is provided to in-person attendees only.
Time
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
9/9/2022 11:30 AM

IN-PERSON ONLY: The Skokie Park District and the Oak Brook Park District have been awarded the IPRA Champions for Change Award, which goes to an agency with unique and exemplary practices of increasing access and fostering diversity and inclusion within their community or organization. These are measurable practices that remove barriers, result in positive social change, and inspire others to follow in their path. Come learn how both agencies work diligently to improve the working experience and engagement level of employees, and the lives of all people through the delivery of excellent services.
Time
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
9/9/2022 12:30 PM

VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON: Disability is the only minority that anyone can join at any stage of life. And yet, discrimination towards people with disabilities still thrives. Why? Because the perspective of disability in our culture places the blame on the individual and not their designed environment. In this session, we will begin to shift our understanding of what causes disability in our society, explore micro aggressions and learn why the "Small Hurt" they bring often does the most damage, and help the Parks & Recreation industry start unpacking the ableism in our communities as a group.
Time
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
9/9/2022 12:30 PM

VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON: One of the reasons that kids do not have positive experiences at school, in youth groups, and other community groups is that they do not feel included. They feel as if they are different from the other kids and as a result they have few friends and are sometimes bullied. Poor social experiences can negatively impact academics and physical and mental well-being. This session will focus on the importance of emphasizing self-love and a respect of differences as a strategy for building inclusive communities.
Time
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
9/9/2022 1:45 PM

IN-PERSON ONLY: Strategic planning typically centers on the development or revision of an agency’s mission and vision, and data is often obtained from a variety of sources that provide insight to the trends and issues within the agency’s internal and external environments. Does your agency strategize with a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens? If so, what are your DEI priorities and what sources are being used in the planning process? Come join us for a discussion on how to make diversity, equity, and inclusion a regular part of your strategic planning process, and how to measure results for success.
Time
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
9/9/2022 1:45 PM

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