Eighth Annual Diversity Summit

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Act 48 and HRCI / SHRM Credits 

Registration fee: $75.00  |  Students: $30.00
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 Workshop Sessions: CS, 01-04

OCTOBER 10, 201 7     8:00-3:30 pm 

Implicit and Unconscious Bias: Recognizing Hidden Prejudices That Impact How We Do Our Jobs
Facilitator: Tameka M. Hatcher, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
The foundation of the United States of America was forged in a culture of capital ISMs: Racism. Sexism. Ethnocentrism. Homophobia. Religious Fanaticism. Together, these “isms” form what is known as the Implicit or Unconscious Biases that shape our opinions about others and inform our hiring and admissions practices. In this workshop, facilitator Tameka Hatcher, Educational Outreach Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission reviews what the Racial Justice Institute calls “Historical Moments in Systemic Oppression” and helps participants begin the process of unpacking our baggage to see how unconscious bias weighs us down. The course explores affinity, or “like me” bias, and identifies the root of the problem to stop bias from choking the life out of your agency. The course goal is for participants to foster a supportive and inclusive employment, educational or housing environment.  SESSION CS-01 | 10:15 - 11:45 AM  & 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Pending certification credit by both HRCI and SHRM
Fair Housing Fundamentals
Facilitator: Heather Roth, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
People have the right to live where they want.  Unfortunately many people cannot find or keep housing due to discriminatory practices by housing providers.  In PA, housing discrimination complaints account for about 10% of all formal complaints filed each year with the PHRC.  The highest percentages of these complaints were filed based on disability followed by retaliation then race or color.  Nationally, more than 10,000 complaints are filed a year.  This presentation will review: what constitutes unlawful housing discrimination, what are unlawful housing practices, what are housing providers’ obligations to provide or allow reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications for people with disabilities, what are housing providers’ obligations to allow service/support animals, penalties that can be assessed for violating the PHRA and how to file a complaint.  SESSION CS-02 | 10:15 - 11:45 AM  & 2:00 - 3:30 PM


Effective Strategies to Address Immigrant Bullying 
Facilitator: Michelle Gwinn Nutter, Center for Safe Schools
As schools work to successfully prevent and intervene in acts of bullying, they are often challenged by bullying behaviors that cross the line into civil, civil rights or criminal law violations. Bullying which targets immigrants violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin. This session will examine bullying in general, and delve into the problem and prevalence of bullying which targets ELLs and immigrant students. The United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, has provided significant guidance through the issuance of a series of “Dear Colleague” letters, which will be reviewed and discussed during the session. Participants will also receive information relative to possible criminal law implications when bullying behaviors cause mental or physical injury to targeted students. This session will also examine the legal ramifications of “deliberate indifference” with regard to failure to address bullying in their schools. Finally, the session will conclude with information on preventing, recognizing and responding to protected class bullying in order to create a safe, supportive, harassment-free school climate.  
SESSION CS-03 | 10:15 - 11:45 AM  

Have you ever found yourself in the uncomfortable circumstance where someone, a student, parent or colleague, uses biased language or stereotypes in school? This workshop, based on Teaching Tolerance’s publication, How to Speak Up at School, is designed for educators who want to develop the skills to speak up themselves and who want to help their students find the courage to speak up, too.  When someone makes a biased statement, we must act quickly! Using video scenarios, participants will learn to use four techniques (interrupt, question, educate and echo) to respond to biased language in the moment, from any source, in any situation. SESSION CS-04 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM  

How to Speak Up at School
Facilitator: Michelle Gwinn Nutter, Center for Safe Schools