The Collaborative Diversity Conference (CDC) seeks to provide information and resources through a review of best practices and approaches that promote the value of diversity and inclusion. Higher education, public entities as well as our business and corporate communities need to not only speak about diversity, inclusion, cultural consciousness/competency and inclusive excellence, they need to “be about the business” of such.
The CDC theme, presentations, sessions and workshops will demonstrate various efforts that can be replicated locally, regionally and statewide. Research shows that valuing diversity and being intentional increases cognitive sophistication, creates a return on investment in productivity and expands social capital for all those who live, learn and earn in our state.
This year we seek to inspire a more in-depth commitment to our mission to not only speak about diversity and inclusion but to provide our participants and attendees viable ways to implement in “practice what we preach” when we champion diversity and inclusion. This year we will feature, for the first-time business track sessions, that demonstrate that collaboration works and enhances the implementation of diversity and inclusion.
Higher education plays a critical role in this effort across multiple sectors and we will illustrate and demonstrate how collaboration with the public, private and corporate sectors can make diversity and inclusion real for all stakeholders.