Friday, June 29, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Social Science and Business – SSB #335 (on the UMSL north campus, note different building than most of our classes take place).

Diversity and inclusion initiatives have been proven to not only make organizations more accessible, but more successful. Intentional diversity and inclusion leads to more innovation in thinking, greater productivity, and a more engaged team. So how can we work to make our volunteer programs accessible to a wide range of people, in order to create an engaged, effective team of diverse volunteers? This interactive workshop will explore the concepts of diversity, inclusion, and implicit bias, in order to help us understand these concepts and their effect on our current practices around volunteer recruitment, engagement, and retention. Attendees will have the opportunity to evaluate their existing volunteer program through the lens of diversity and inclusion, brainstorm and share knowledge with colleagues through interactive discussions and activities, and develop concrete, measurable action steps toward creating a more diverse volunteer team for their organization.

Instructor Catrina Salama – Diversity Awareness Partnership: Catrina Salama is Diversity Awareness Partnership’s Education and Training manager, in which role she trains clients in diversity and inclusion and supports organizations in implementing diversity initiatives. Catrina holds a master’s degree in clinical adult psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Webster University. Catrina also serves as adjunct faculty at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville teaching about Multiculturalism and social justice at the graduate and undergraduate level. In her previous role as Multicultural counselor, she provided mental health treatment to underrepresented students and developed outreach and programing specific to the needs of underrepresented students on campus. She has also been a part of campus climate committees where she gained experience evaluating the climate of diversity in an educational setting. Catrina’s passion for diversity comes from her experience as a first generation American and her time spent traveling abroad.

Instructor Denise DeCou – Anti-Defamation League: Denise DeCou is Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Content Development and Program Delivery for Washington University School of Medicine.  Since September 2013, Ms. DeCou has developed a four-part diversity training curriculum and has trained more than 7,300 employees (faculty and staff) across the medical school campus.  Ms. DeCou has also been instrumental in providing national and local speakers for various events on campus.  Her work has generated a change in the culture of the institution. Ms. DeCou has an extensive background in the not-for-profit sector, with more than 25 years in organizational development, curriculum design, and adult/youth programming.  As a nationally certified Diversity Trainer, Ms. DeCou has facilitated anti-bias/anti-oppression trainings for children, youth, community-based organizations, community leaders, the workplace, law enforcement, and institutions of higher education here in the United States and abroad.  Collectively, DeCou has trained thousands of adults and youth and has managed more than 100 employees and 200 volunteers over the last fifteen years.

Instructor Julie Strassman – MVMA Facilitator: Julie Strassman is an experienced volunteer engagement professional and social justice educator, dedicated to helping organizations build mutually beneficial relationships with volunteers while working toward justice.  She currently works as the Volunteer Coordinator with Bethesda Hospice Care. Previously, she worked with Kingdom House, where she helped develop and facilitate a program for contextualizing the group volunteer experience with education and advocacy on issues of poverty, diversity, and religion. Julie currently serves on the Board of MVMA as the VP of Programming, and has served on the Certification Committee for the United Way of Greater St. Louis’  Volunteer Center.  She regularly presents on volunteer engagement best practices for local and national nonprofit organizations, including Network for Strong Communities (previously Network for Nonprofit Services), Send Me St. Louis, We Raise Foundation (previously Wheat Ridge Ministries), and the Episcopal Service Corps. Julie holds a Master’s in Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary and is currently working toward her Doctorate of Ministry.

Registration fee: $75 ($60 for MVMA members with promo code. Members who need the code can contact for the promo code).

This class qualifies for six hours toward the noncredit Chancellor’s Certificate in Volunteer Management. This certificate is a partnership between the UMSL NPML program, and the Metropolitan Volunteer Management Association (MVMA). In order to obtain this noncredit chancellor’s certificate, individuals must enroll in, and complete, 16 or more hours of training in classes and/or events that are produced as part of the collaboration between MVMA and the NPML program.

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