Registration opens for second part of diversity training series

Published 9:38 am Monday, April 29, 2019

Registration is now open for the next topic in the Diversity Training Series: “The Intersection of Race and Culture: Avoiding Cultural Collisions.”

Community members have four opportunities to attend:

— Thursday, May 30: 8 a.m. to noon

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— Thursday, May 30: 5-9 p.m.

— Friday, May 31: 8 a.m. — noon

— Friday, May 31: 1-5 p.m.

The second session will build off information learned in the first session.

For those who missed “Implicit Bias: Starting the Conversation,” there will be one last chance to attend at 1 p.m. May 29. All sessions are at First Baptist Church on Highland Street.

Pastor Edward Palmer, a nationally and internationally recognized voice in leadership development, is once again leading the sessions.

In “The Intersection of Race and Culture: Avoiding Cultural Collisions,” Palmer will provide community partners, service providers and state and local agencies with an overview of the importance of cultural competency and how demonstrating this supports effective decision making and promotes engagement when serving families from a wide variety of backgrounds.

After attending the program, participants will be able to:

— Describe what is meant by culture and how it impacts behavior.

— Understand the connection of culture to both the behavior of individuals, youth and families, as well as the response of “system” personnel.

— Understand how to recognize when one is at an intersection of culture and race.

— Apply skills to aid in minimizing the possibilities of cultural collisions occurring at cultural intersections.

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 health care, education, law enforcement, housing, financial services, government, human services, retail and manufacturing will find the training valuable to their interactions within the community, according to the news release.

A partnership between Clark County Health Department, Clark Regional Medical Center, Better Together Winchester and The Greater Clark Foundation funded the program.

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

All sessions are free.

To learn more and register, visit