Higher education institutions to host diversity event for area college students

by jbrezinsky5. September 2012 10:51

Free workshop will focus on increasing diversity competence
    The four higher education institutions of Fond du Lac County – Marian University, Moraine Park Technical College, Ripon College and the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac – continue to collaborate on events supporting diversity and inclusion. The upcoming event, “Bridging the Gap: Skills to Increase Your Diversity Competence,” is a free workshop with national speaker, Dr. Maura Cullen.      
    Cullen is known for “taking the adversity out of diversity” and will lead a program designed to get participants laughing and thinking. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 1-4:30 p.m., at Moraine Park Technical College in the Cyber Center Café. Administrators, faculty and staff from these institutions will participate in the workshop and the general public is invited to attend.
    There is no fee for the workshop, but registration is required. Registration for Bridging the Gap is now available online at marianuniversity.edu/hedit.
    This personally enriching and educational workshop will also help develop skills that are necessary for the 21st century workplace. Participants will leave with a new lens on cross-cultural differences and skills to build bridges between people.            
    Maura Cullen has over 25 years of experience as a speaker and has given presentations throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. She uses her sense of humor and real-life stories to communicate about complex issues in a straightforward and entertaining way. She has a doctorate in Social Justice and Diversity Education, is founder of the Diversity Student Summit, and is the author of 35 Dumb Things Well-Intentioned People Say.
     The workshop is being planned by the Higher Education Diversity Initiative Team, (HEDIT), recipient of the 2012 Spirit of MLK Award for their efforts in organizing yearly events that lead, inspire, educate and challenge our students and our community to celebrate diversity. HEDIT is a team of faculty and staff formed by the presidents and CEOs of Fond du Lac county’s four institutions of higher education to plan “an annual collaborative project designed to promote a climate of appreciation for all aspects of human diversity, supporting, fostering and welcoming inclusiveness, respect and dignity for all.” This workshop is HEDIT’s fourth annual event. HEDIT’s Mission is to lead, inspire, educate and challenge their institutions and the Fond du Lac county community in promoting diversity and inclusiveness. For directions to and information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.