Over the past program year, 15 staff members from across the Extension Center for Youth Development engaged in a staff development opportunity to share and learn through personal stories about diversity and inclusion within our work. Cohort members included: Josey Landrieu, Kathryn Sharpe, Susan Beaulieu, Ann Walter, Anita Harris, Judith Conway, Jacquie Lonning, Darcy Cole, Carolyn Dingfelder, Joe Rand, Anna Gilbertson, Joanna Tzenis, Joshua Kukowski, Amie Mondl, and Krista Lautenschlager. Participants discussed readings, engaged in group activities and discussion, and reflected personally on enhancing and developing a mind set, skill set, and heart set for working with diversity and inclusion.
As an output of their learning, the cohort members have created seven short films focused on topics such as: building partnerships across cultures, culturally responsive youth-adult partnerships, serving youth with disabilities, religious inclusion, and working with LGBT youth. Please join the members of the cohort at the premiere of their short films on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. - noon at the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). Please RSVP if you are able to attend at: http://bit.ly/1lDPuXP. The project was funded by the University of Minnesota's Equity & Diversity Transformation Awards, a grant program sponsored by the Office for Equity and Diversity.