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TRI Partners, Inc. presents the 6th Annual Central Florida Diversity Learning Series
Driving Inclusion — Anticipating & Implementing Strategies and Tools
2017 Series Sessions
All session times: 8:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Continental breakfast starts at 8:00 a.m.
All seminars are hosted by the UCF College of Medicine, 6850 Lake Nona Blvd., Orlando, FL 32827.
If you are an employee of one of our Member companies, contact your diversity office or manager to see if there are extra seats before pursuing independent registration.
More information about each session:
1.
Engaging Our Veterans – Continuing the Dialogue
Tues | January 24, 2017 | 8:30 am to 12:00 noon
Had To Be Productions
Had To Be Productions
Had To Be Productions
Using the medium of Diversity Theatre, Had To Be Productions will present Into The Fire.

Into The Fire is an exploration of our returning vets with disabilities and combat-related trauma and their stories as they integrate into their families, communities, educational institutions and the workforce. Many employers and educators are experiencing the opportunities as well as the challenges that occur when including our returning veterans.

Following the play, the actor / playwrights will facilitate an interactive discussion with the participants using their emotional reactions to the play as a springboard to examine the effects of war on their communities and ways to create meaningful opportunities for our returning veterans.

2.
Defining, Developing and Defusing Difficult Dialogues
Tues | March 7, 2017 | 8:30 am to 12:00 noon
Donna M. Stringer, Ph.D.
Donna M. Stringer, Ph.D.
Donna M. Stringer, Ph.D.
Unacknowledged bias, preconceived notions, and emotions such as fear can block communication and the ability to leverage diversity. Using three core conceptual models (Contact Theory, Emotional Intelligence and Stereotype Threat), this interactive workshop will offer effective tools and guide you through self-awareness exercises and challenging dialogues about real-life, cross-cultural issues. You will identify practical uses for this information and a skill set for your personal and professional life. This workshop is designed for those wishing to increase intercultural competence and comfort with difficult dialogues, whether in training, education, coaching, or management; and for teachers helping students increase effectiveness in diverse environments.

3.
D&I Crisis Response – Picking Up the Pieces (Being Pro-Active), Social Strain
Tues | May 2, 2017 | 8:30 am to 12:00 noon
Samí Haiman-Marrero
Samí Haiman-Marrero
Samí Haiman-Marrero
Individually and organizationally, we find ourselves more frequently confronted with Inclusion-Related Crises. Recent events – around the world, regionally and locally – have brought this clearly into focus. Too often, we are moved to react – most frequently with care, compassion and success. How can we prepare our "inclusion vehicles" (our D&I teams as well as staff and communities) to create a pro-active road map which will guide our Crisis Response. Together we will capitalize on best practices, brainstorm new avenues to explore and plan ahead for the speed bumps we are bound to encounter on our journey.

4.
Free Speech / Hate Messaging – Having Sensitive Conversations
Tues | July 25, 2017 | 8:30 am to 12:00 noon
To Be Announced
To be announced
To be announced
Our country was founded on the premise of and prides itself on our providing Free Speech for all. We will weave and zigzag through the confusion about times when the privilege of Free Speech clashes with Hate Messaging. We will learn how to balance the freedom of speech with responsibility of respect and inclusion. And, we'll learn how to confront, address, manage and / or disarm hate messaging. Our presenter will help us navigate the course between the strategic, the pragmatic and the legal guardrails surrounding this topic.

5.
It’s ALL about the “I” – Lessons Learned / Best Practices – Embedding Inclusion
Tues | Sept. 19, 2017 | 8:30 am to 12:00 noon
Michael Wheeler
Michael Wheeler
Michael Wheeler
Diversity and Inclusion work, oddly, is often solitary work driven by a few key people who are passionate about creating a better work environment, community, Guest / Cast / Student experience or positive impact on the bottom line. Frequently, this is done in a "heads-down" position – which can lead to stagnation, or even worse, a "crash" with significant negative impacts. In this session we will "draft" on the Best Practices of organizations who have successfully navigated their maps to create successful inclusion experiences. Best practices will look at the resources – people, financial and time – needed for drivers and passengers alike to experience a smoother, more inclusive ride.

6.
Managing Inclusion / Exclusion Fatigue – The Toll on Mental Health
Tues | Nov. 14, 2017 | 8:30 am to 12:00 noon
Tanya Williams
Tanya Williams
Tanya Williams
Creating and maintaining an inclusive environment is neither easy nor for the faint of heart. In this session, we will explore the physical and mental toll it takes for those of us who opt in to drive, lead and support inclusion efforts. Fatigue while driving can have disastrous consequences. This program will explore the impacts of Inclusion Fatigue, how to read the road signs that warn us of that fatigue and ways we can build a "safety cage" around ourselves to ensure the fatigue doesn't push us into the guard rails or off the road.

We'll also consider how Inclusion Fatigue symptoms may mirror those of PTSD and other stress and fatigue-related experiences. We will capitalize on those experiences to build a tool kit which minimizes the negative impact on our mental health and maximizes our personal and organizational success.

All Sessions will be held at the UCF College of Medicine,
6850 Lake Nona Blvd., Orlando, FL 32827.

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