Bridging the cultural divides

Welcome to the 7thAnnual Collaborative Diversity Conference (CDC)! The theme of this year’s CDC is "Bridging the Cultural Divides". It will feature Professor Irshad Manji as plenary speaker and presenter during the conference. Professor Manji is a nationally recognized author, speaker and founder of the Moral Courage Project, an award-winning initiative started in 2008 to help young people speak truth to power within their communities. "Moral courage" means doing the right thing in the face of your fears - a skill that empowers individuals to cooperate across differences.

Professor Manji will present in several forums the leadership practices that not only apply to students, but also to educators, entrepreneurs and executives. The CDC will show case local, state, regional and national best practices, collaborative partnerships, and activities fostering the value of the inclusion of diversity.

The conference starts on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 with an anti-racism pre-conference workshop entitled “Facing Racism in 2019 and Beyond!” This professional development opportunity for public administrators, higher education, business, corporate and non-profit leaders features certified diversity professionals sharing the approaches required to not only be opposed to racism/bias in the workplace, but also how to be anti-racist in the current political and social environment.

The Diversity Champions Luncheon on Friday, April 26thwill not only announce the Diversity Champion for 2019 but will precede a conversation with Professor Manji regarding her new book, "Don't Label Me: A Conversation for Divided Times"."Don't Label Me..." is "A unique conversation about diversity, bigotry, and our common humanity..."

The 2019 CDC will feature panel discussions, speakers, presenters, and round table discussions that will emphasize best practices for diversity & inclusion while addressing the cultural divides that reflect our current national climate. Statewide diversity supporters, professionals and champions will find these sessions of keen interest. The conference will also feature live entertainment by the sensational local rhythm and blues artist Shaun Munday as well as networking opportunities for attendees and participants.  

We are excited to continue growing and expanding the network of diversity professionals through this conference. Please enjoy this opportunity to learn more about best practices in diversity and inclusion as together we continue to address the challenges in 2019 and beyond through valuing the inclusion of diversity.