GVSU Inclusive Recruitment & Retention Conference

Friday, July 26, 2019

8:30 am - 4 pm
GVSU Allendale Campus, 2nd Floor Kirkhof Center
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Grand Valley State University is committed to advancing equity and inclusion within our institution and the communities where our students and graduates live and work. As such, we are offering this educational conference for employer and agency partners, which can help you foster more equitable, and inclusive work environments within your organizations, and positively impact your diversity recruitment efforts.

This conference is a partnership between the GVSU Career Center and Division of Inclusion & Equity.

Registration Deadline:  Friday, July 19, 2019

Schedule

8:30 am - Registration & Breakfast

Registration with light breakfast available.

9 am - University Welcome & Opening Address

Igniting Action: Infusing Inclusion & Equity Values into your Organization
Presented by:  Dr. Jesse Bernal, Vice President for Inclusion & Equity

Dr. Jesse Bernal has led Grand Valley’s inclusion and equity efforts since 2015. He will share a leadership framework for taking “diversity talk” to activating an equity-minded organization. Using evidence-based practices and data to inform organizational decision-making is essential for the sustainability of any efforts, particularly efforts that must be embedded across and throughout the organization to be successful.

10:45 am - 12:15 pm - Concurrent Breakout Sessions

1 in 5: Destigmatizing Mental Health in the Workplace
Presented by: Latrece McDaniel, University Counseling Center
Session Abstract:  Did you know that 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience mental illness?  This session will provide an overview of the prevalence and types of mental health concerns.  Participants will explore common assumptions and discuss tips for inclusivity as it relates to mental health. 

Breaking Taboos:  Interfaith in the Workplace
Presented by:  Kevin McIntosh, Campus Interfaith Resources
Session Abstract:  This workshop will explore what it means to be an interfaith leader in a corporate environment and how we can use interfaith skills to create a more pluralistic working environment. This session will explore key interfaith concepts such as the interfaith triangle, pluralism, religious literacy, and others. 

Inclusion & Equity Tools: Informing Planning, Assessment and Inclusive Practices
Presented by: Kathleen VanderVeen, Division of Inclusion & Equity
Session Abstract: This session will introduce a variety of tools that assist with the goal of embedding inclusion and equity priorities into organizational work.  Tools discussed during this session include - creating an institutional equity and inclusion framework, embedding the work into an organizational strategic plan, and climate surveys.  These tools will show you how to get started, how to sustain the work, and how to assess the work you are doing is making a difference with your employees. 

Understanding Racial Equity through the Cycle of Socialization
Presented by:  Relando Thompkins-Jones, Division of Inclusion & Equity
Session Abstract:  Participants will explore and reflect on messages they have received, dominant narratives, and their connection to creating and maintaining racial inequity. Participants will gain an understanding of the differences between personal, cultural, and institutional messaging about Race, as well as examine the ways they have been socialized and the lasting impact in the workplace.

When Fit is Unfair:  Retaining Women of Color in Your Organizations
Presented by:  Jessica R. Campbell, Gayle R. Davis Center for Women & Gender Equity
Session Abstract:  Ever wonder why it is so hard to not only hire, but to retain women of color in your organization?  It comes down to much more than “fit” and we can help you identify practical ways to identify why sometimes “fit” just isn’t fair. 

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch Break and Conversation

Lunch break with continued conversations.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Hiring people on the Autism Spectrum
Presented by:  Jason Osborne, Disability Support Resources & John Steudle, The Autism Alliance of Michigan
Session Abstract:  Participants will learn the basics of people who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  This session will cover best practices for interviewing, hiring, and tools to help them be successful for your organization.

Inclusion & Equity Tools: Informing Planning, Assessment and Inclusive Practices
Presented by: Kathleen VanderVeen, Division of Inclusion & Equity
Session Abstract: This session will introduce a variety of tools that assist with the goal of embedding inclusion and equity priorities into organizational work.  Tools discussed during this session include - creating an institutional equity and inclusion framework, embedding the work into an organizational strategic plan, and climate surveys.  These tools will show you how to get started, how to sustain the work, and how to assess the work you are doing is making a difference with your employees. 

LGBTQIA+ and Ally Employee Resource Groups:  How They Can Help Support LGBTQIA+ Recruitment and Retention Efforts
Presented by:  Mark Saint Amour, Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center
Session Abstract: Participants will explore the terminology and concepts of gender, sex, and sexual orientation coupled with practical strategies to create, grow, and collaborate with LGBTQIA+ employee resource groups to support recruitment and retention processes.

Understanding Racial Equity through the Cycle of Socialization
Presented by:  Relando Thompkins-Jones, Division of Inclusion & Equity
Session Abstract:  Participants will explore and reflect on messages they have received, dominant narratives, and their connection to creating and maintaining racial inequity. Participants will gain an understanding of the differences between personal, cultural, and institutional messaging about Race, as well as examine the ways they have been socialized and the lasting impact in the workplace.

White Consciousness & White Fragility
Presented by:  Marlene Kowalski-Braun, Division of Inclusion & Equity
Session Abstract: This learning session will touch upon white identity development and white privilege in both personal and institutional contexts, while introducing strategies to dismantle oppressive systems in organizations. This session is designed for white (self-identified) participants to explore how to be an ally in the workplace from wherever one leads.

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm - Discussion/Caucus Groups

You asked, we listened! 2018 conference participants requested time to discuss and develop strategies for how to best move forward in their organization's Inclusion & Equity work. In consideration of this feedback, we have dedicated time for you to participate in small group discussions to process information from the day, and work toward implementing action plans.

Inclusion & Equity Challenges in the Non-Profit Sector
Inclusion & Equity Challenges in the Non-Profit Sector
Inclusion & Equity Challenges in the For-Profit Sector
Inclusion & Equity Challenges in the For-Profit Sector
Beginning Our Inclusion & Equity Work
Beginning Our Inclusion & Equity Work
Taking Our Inclusion & Equity Work to the Next Level
Taking Our Inclusion & Equity Work to the Next Level

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm - Closing Remarks

A time to share next steps in implementation along with conference evaluation.  

Registration

Pricing

  • Business/For-Profit Registration - Single Participant ($100.00)
  • Non-Profit Registration - Single Participant ($50.00)

*No group pricing is available. Please complete the registration form for each participant who plans on attending.