Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” – Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

Clark County community members are invited to participate in free training sessions to help bridge divides and promote a community that works for all.

Kentucky native, Pastor Edward Palmer will lead community members on a four-part learning journey. A nationally and internationally recognized voice in leadership development, he will guide participants to an improved personal and collective understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Topics include implicit bias, avoiding cultural collisions, let’s talk about race, and a final session to tie everything together. Neighbors will be given tools to move forward together to ensure just and fair inclusion for all members of our community.

The second topic in the series, The Intersecion of Race and Culture: Avoiding Cultural Collisions, will be presented in May.

Community members have four opportunities to attend:

  • Thursday, May 30: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 30: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday, May 31: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Friday, May 31: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

In addition, Implicit Bias: Starting the Conversation will be offered for those unable to attend the original dates.

  • Wednesday, May 29: 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Registration will open soon.

The high-energy, interactive sessions include a presentation and group discussion.

Continuing education credits are available for multiple disciplines. While it’s free to earn credits, there could be a fee to submit those credits with governing bodies.

Although everyone who participates will benefit from the sessions, people working in healthcare, education, law enforcement, housing, financial services, government, human services, retail and manufacturing will find the training valuable to their interactions within the community.

Community members are encouraged to attend sessions for four topics, but it is not a requirement. The remaining topics include:

  • September – Let’s Talk about Race
  • November – Tying Things Together

Specific session dates and times will be released closer to the trainings.

The training sessions are funded through a partnership between Clark County Health Department, Clark Regional Medical Center (CRMC), Better Together Winchester and The Greater Clark Foundation (GCF).

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why are you sponsoring a year of focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?

We want all people in our community to feel a sense of belonging and safety.  Several recent reports shine light on the reality that many in our community feel anything but belonging and safety.  We believe it is our responsibility to lead the way on a learning journey that will improve our personal and collective understanding of race, class, and culture, giving us tools to move forward together to ensure just and fair inclusion for all members of our community. We must understand the past, without being trapped in it; embrace the present, without being constrained by it; and look to the future, guided by the hopes and courage of those who have come before us.

What do you mean by Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?

Diversity is the representation of all our varied identities and differences—collectively and as individuals. We seek to proactively engage, understand, and draw on a variety of perspectives. We believe that the solution to the problems we hope to address can be found by affirming our similarities, as well as by finding value in our differences.

Equity seeks to ensure fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and parity in access to information and resources for all. We believe this is only possible in an environment built on respect and dignity.

Inclusion builds a culture of belonging by actively inviting the contribution and participation of all people. We believe every person’s voice adds value, and we strive to create balance in the face of power differences. We believe that no one person can or should be called upon to represent an entire community.

Why should I be interested in learning more about diversity, equity and inclusion?

There are many reasons! Here are a few to start with:

  • Each person has value to contribute, and we must address barriers and historical factors that have led to unfair conditions for marginalized populations.
  • It makes economic sense. Organizations and countries that tap into diverse talent pools are stronger and more efficient. Economists see discrimination as economic inefficiency – the result of a systematic misallocation of human resources.
  • It makes business sense. Organizations will better serve their customers if they reflect the diversity of their customer base.
  • Diverse teams lead to better outputs. Scott Page, author of The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools and Societies, uses mathematical modeling and case studies to show how diversity leads to increased productivity. His research found that diverse groups of problem solvers outperform the groups of the best individuals at solving problems.

What can I expect from the four sessions?

The topics include:  Implicit bias (March); Avoiding cultural collisions (May); Let’s talk about race (September); and a final session that will tie things together (November).  Each 2- to 3-hour session includes a high-energy, interactive presentation and group discussion.

Can you recommend an easy to understand book or article about implicit bias and community inclusion?

Recommended books include:

  • Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People, by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald.
  • White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism, by Robin DiAngelo.
  • The Color of Law: The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
  • The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy, by Andrea Flynn
  • The Fire This Time, Jesmyn Ward
  • Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence, Derald Wing Sue
  • So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo

The Clark County Public Library is offering diversity reading kits with many titles. A full list of books may be found by clicking here. The library is located at 370 S. Burns Ave, Winchester, KY 40391.

You can also visit Harvard University’s Project Implicit website, which contains great background information about implicit bias as well as a variety of implicit bias “tests” that provide great examples of the ways unconscious bias affects us all.  https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

What do I need to do to get continuing education credits?
Click here to find the session objectives and contact hour information.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the implicit bias training or any of the plans for the 2019 focus on diversity, equity and inclusion?

The following people can answer your questions: