Learning Lab: The Spirit of Culture

Learning Lab: The Spirit of Culture
Since 1965, the ethnic composition of the country has changed more rapidly than any other time in history. How do you define yourself culturally? The way you answer the question says much about the way you approach the ever-growing diversity of our communities. The health of a community goes beyond exercise and eating right, it also includes acceptance, compassion, and seeing the value of every individual regardless of skin color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic status. Led by Lori Hoffner of Supporting CommUnity and including Jon Marquardt (Skokie Park District) and Haley Colucci (Oak Brook Park District), this session will help participants define how their own professional and personal behaviors emerge in relationship to others that are similar or different. This event is generously sponsored by Sourcewell and the Illinois Park & Recreation Foundation.

Learning Objectives: 1) Discuss the similarities of cultural values and how they influence our approach with customers and staff; 2) list ways to embrace diversity through programs and marking with a strength-based approach; 3) define cultural competency and how to apply it to programming and staffing decisions.

Who Should Attend: Park and recreation, conservation, and forest preserve district professionals of varying experience levels and special interests looking to learn more about cultural competency. 

To Register:
 Login to your IPRA account, select "Register Myself", then register for the event. If you do not have one, create an account (membership not required), then register for the event. Registration deadline is Monday, August 22, 2022.

Fee:      Member      Non-Member       
         FREE            $15.00       

How to Participate:
 The event will take place via Zoom Webinar. 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 to register for the protected join link. If you have not received the invitation by 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24, please contact Duane Smith at [email protected]

Transcription Services: Live transcriptions are available to participants via Otter.ai at no additional charge. Instructions will be provided to those indicating at registration they require the service to participate.

Cancellations: Refunds will be issued to requests received on or before August 22, less a 20% administrative fee. No refunds will be issued after the registration deadline.  

CEUs: Event is approved for 0.1 CEUs and will be awarded to those in live attendance for a minimum of 45 minutes (Continuing Education Units are for certifications such as CPRE, CPRP, CTRS).

Questions: Contact IPRA Education Director Duane Smith at [email protected]

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8/24/2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
On-Line Via Zoom Webinar


Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Lori A. Hoffner has been offering training for positive youth development, community networking and organizational relationship building since 1997 and has spoken nationally regarding youth program development, employment and staff engagement as well as multiple community issues. For 11 years, Lori was the Executive Director of PACCT, a small non-profit in Jefferson County, Colorado, an organization dedicated to the success of youth and community. Lori specializes in positive staff and organizational relationships based on generational studies and research.  Additionally, she has years of experience with youth programming, program development and youth staffing.

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