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Cultivating a Diverse, Ethical, and Inclusive Professional Environment (55 PDH Mins.)

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Recorded April 14, 2021 Establishing a constructive professional environment requires an understanding of diversity, ethics, and inclusion, and their critical role in achieving organizational outcomes. Through this session, we will explore the concepts represented by diversity, ethics, and inclusion, and examine their interrelated processes. Perspectives on diversity have evolved since the 1960s (Harvey, 2015), from an emphasis on assimilation to differentiation. Since 2000, inclusivity continues to be widely viewed as a pathway to understanding diversity (Ferdman, 2014). Thus, we will examine best practices to overcome barriers that often prevent us from embracing diversity and inclusivity. The topic will briefly introduce the various underlying theoretical frameworks to establish a foundation, but it will include more practical and timely examples and strategies. As such, I believe this topic is best suited for those at the introductory or intermediate level. However, the topic can also be of interest to advanced audiences who are seeking a refresher. Presenter: Jacqueline S. Stephen, MSIT, EdD, has 18 years of experience, nationally and internationally, in instructional design, training and development, and teaching. She holds a Doctorate in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership from The University of Memphis. Dr. Stephen has led workshops centered on topics associated with leadership for Georgia’s Department of Public Health’s Leadership Development Program and Robins Air Force Base Leadership Development Program. She was the plenary speaker and workshop facilitator at the 2019 inaugural Kosovo Leadership Foundation in Pristina, Kosovo. Dr. Stephen is currently serving as President of the Association Supporting Computer Users (ASCUE) in Education.


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