Free Regional Diversity Conference
Feb. 2-3, 2023
Owensboro, KY (01/25/2023) — Area colleges and universities are hosting the inaugural Regional Diversity Conference in Owensboro February 2-3, 2023, at Owensboro Community & Technical College, located at 4800 New Hartford Road, Owensboro.
This free event is open to the community. It is a collaborative partnership with the regional postsecondary partners: Brescia University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Murray State University, Western Kentucky University, and OCTC.
"The idea came from OCTC's Cultural Competency Work Group, the core group of the local college president's discussed it and we were off and running! The ultimate goal was to bring our community together and offer people the opportunity to explore and engage in all aspects of diversity," stated Matt Alschbach, co-chair of OCTC's work group.
"We wanted to structure an event that could impact our campuses, employees, and students but also make it relevant to our employers and the community. Once we formally approached the other institutions, we realized that everyone was on board," said Sharmy Davis, Interim Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Cultural Diversity.
Thanks to the financial investment by all the partner schools and lead sponsors Jagoe Homes and Southern Star the two-day event is free. It will be held on OCTC's Main Campus, but the sessions will be available online through Microsoft Teams. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided and a reception is scheduled for Thursday evening from 4:30 - 6:30 for registered participants. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, January 31.
Davis added, "Registration is important to ensure accurate numbers for food and refreshments. Registration will also be required in order to access the conference virtually - the MS Teams links for online access will be emailed the day before the conference to those who have registered. We ask that those not familiar with MS Teams download the app ahead of time for the best experience."
Topics include discussing disabilities, the future of the Spanish language in the United States, diversifying the workplace, intersectionality, and more.
Some featured speakers include Joe Frazier, Executive Director of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Center for DE&I; Demetria Miles-McDonald, Founder and CEO of Decide Diversity; and Abigail Cox, Director of Murray State's Women's Center, and Dr. Tia Brown the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC.
Anyone interested in participating may register for the event here. (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/regional-diversity-conference-tickets-419616794127?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb)
The complete slate of sessions are posted on the event Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.123074937333197&type=3)
The deadline for this free event is Tuesday, January 31. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Owensboro Community & Technical College is one of the sixteen community and technical colleges that make up the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. OCTC serves the KY counties of Daviess, Hancock, Ohio and McLean. OCTC has three campuses in Daviess County and a Center and Annex in Hancock County. OCTC strives to serve the communities in the service area by providing associate degree education for transfer, state of the art technical education for students focusing on entering the workforce, customized business and industry solutions through the Workforce Solutions division, and adult education and business and industry testing through the SkillTrain unit.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is the Commonwealth's largest postsecondary institution with 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses. We also are Kentucky's largest provider of workforce training and online education. Through partnerships with business and industry, we align our programs to meet the needs of local employers. We help students fulfill their dreams of creating a better life through programs that lead directly to jobs or help them transfer to one of our four-year partners.
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