Are you ready to further your justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion journey by digging in to how those topics show up in your teaching? This full-day workshop will explore leadership in the context of the pedagogy development, language, and practice of knowledge related to managing human difference in the public space: specifically environmental and ecosystem workforce networks. Participants will be asked to think, reflect, and incorporate key principles that are anchored in increasing and/or continuing equitable decision-making practices. Session will be interactive and will highlight one’s lived experiences in three key areas: opportunity, access, and belonging.
About the Facilitator: Paul James
Paul James has spent 25 years in higher education and health care serving in various executive roles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethnic Studies from Wichita State University; a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Counseling from Oregon State University; and Mr. James holds a community commitment Rite-of-Passage certificate from the IQRAA African American Books and Gifts. He has worked in public, private and in health care settings—in student affairs, academic affairs, and president’s offices with titles such as Director, Assistant Vice President, and Chief Diversity Officer. He is widely considered to be a global expert in three fundamental areas: Human Resources and Development, Diversity Management and Intercultural Awareness, and Executive Coaching. Mr. James has consulted widely and believes in an intimate approach that fosters trust, speaking truth to power, encourages empathy and compassion, and promotes active listening. Whether educational, health care, or corporate settings, Paul James is a highly sought-after consultant and trusted advisor, nationwide.
Session participants should bring a baseline understanding of human difference (including intercultural awareness) related to society in general, the workforce, and the histories of diverse human populations.
- Cultural Neutrality - A unique method of denial that fosters and suggest that people, across cultures, are the same.
- Conflict - Disagreement, contention, struggle, and discord.
- Active Listening - Present and focused attention with an intent to avoid speaking and/or offering a response.
- Epistemology - A philosophy that investigates knowledge: nature, foundations, origin, and methodologies of knowing.
- Opportunity Hoarding - invitation and benefit usually anchored in privilege that prevent opportunity for groups or persons related to access and tangible resources.
This workshop is limited to 32 in-person participants. A very limited number of virtual spaces may be offered for those who would otherwise not be able to attend for safety reasons. Please contact Lauren Pyle at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need one of these spaces.
Please bring a water bottle, something to write with and something to write on, any food/drinks you need for the day (lunch and snacks), and whatever clothing layers your need to stay comfortable temperature-wise indoors and out.
This workshop will be eligible for 6 hours of Criteria III/Continuing Ed for the NC EE Certification.
EENC is grateful to our workshop partner, Duke Gardens, for hosting this workshop.
COVID Safety Requirements:
In an effort to keep our community safe, all attendees must show either A) proof of a COVID vaccine or B) proof of a negative COVID test within 48 hours of your arrival to be admitted to the workshop. You may present a copy or a photo of your vaccination card if you do not wish to bring the original. The EENC host will be the only person to view this, and will not keep a copy or track which form of proof attendees have provided.
Per our host site, masks will be required indoors for everyone and no eating indoors is permitted (there's an outdoor patio).