Third diversity training set

Published 11:57 am Saturday, August 31, 2019

The third training in the yearlong diversity, equity and inclusion series is coming up in September.

Kentucky native Pastor Edward Palmer is once again leading community members during the session.

The third sessions, “Let’s Talk About Race,” educates attendees on the history of the “racial construct” within the United States and its impact on current race relations, according to a news release.

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Through a facilitated discussion, attendees will participate in a thoughtful, provocative dissection of the issue of race, justice, housing, socioeconomics and cultural identity that can divide and or unite people.

Because this training builds on content covered in the first and second training, those participating must have completed Implicit Bias or Avoiding Cultural Collisions training. 

Three “Let’s Talk About Race” sessions are available:

— 1:30 p.m. Sept. 11

— 8 a.m. Sept. 12

— 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12

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For people who want to catch up on previous sessions — “Implicit Bias: Starting the Conversation” and “The Intersection of Race and Culture: Avoiding Cultural Collisions — catch-up training begins at 8 a.m. Sept. 11.

This session offers individuals unable to participate in either the March or May training to catch-up by participating in a consolidated course that covers the key content from each training. To register visit:

All sessions are at McCready Hall in Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 2410 Lexington Road. 

Some of the learning objectives for the “Let’s Talk About Race” sessions, according to the release, include: 

— Participants will be able to define key terms in the conversation around race and the social construct.

— Participants will engage in a safe and carefully led conversation about the history of slavery in the United States and its inevitable impact in the present day.

— Participants will discuss the effects of racial constructs in legislation, policies, practices and cultural identity.

— Participants will be able to identify and consider the impact of race on disadvantaged populations.

During the four hour training, attendees will learn about the subject in segments: introduction and pre-assessment; history, slavery and immigration; understanding terms and definitions; race as a social construct; examples of institutional racism; and closing and post-assessment.

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, according to the release.

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 release.

Multiple organizations worked together to fund the series including the Clark County Health Department, Clark Regional Medical Center, Better Together Winchester and the Greater Clark Foundation.

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