EICC hosts free training workshops on diversity, equity and inclusion


QUAD CITIES (KWQC) – Eastern Iowa Community Colleges offers free diversity, equity and inclusion training workshops for businesses, leaders and anyone else interested. Organizers say the aim is to “create an inclusive work culture and build the high-performing teams they need to thrive”. The first of the three sessions would have brought together more than 250 people.

“We understand the value of diversity which brings to the workplace to our teams and just to the way we operate in the world it brings a lot of value. And recognizing that and knowing how to capitalize on that value in all of our spaces that we work and live in is increasingly important all the time,” says Paula Arends, Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development at EICC.

This is the first time the college has held an event like this, and they say it’s already been a success. Conversations will focus on how to start talking about diversity, how to respond to shocking news around the world and in the workplace, and how to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment.

“Companies and organizations that truly embrace equity and inclusion are more profitable. They are more success-oriented. It really impacts the bottom line, and it impacts an organization’s ability to be successful. And I think that’s a big reason for us here in the Quad Cities and for any business around the world to really embrace diversity,” adds Arends.

The next workshops will be offered online on January 18 and 25 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The presenter is Yves Salomon-Fernández, Ph.D. His biography is below.

You can register for training at eicc.edu/equity.

January 18 — The Pandemic and the Headlines: Shocks and Response

The pandemic has affected our country unevenly. Some have lost their jobs, their ability to support themselves and their loved ones, or their businesses. Others lacked adequate health care and child care to get back on their feet. Amid the suffering, we have also experienced significant racial unrest. This session will provide tools to facilitate conversations at the table, in the boardroom, in the workshop and in Zoom meetings.

January 25—The Business Case for a More Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive WorkplaceRegister for the session

We are going through a tight labor market and “the great resignation” while undergoing significant demographic changes. Data shows us that companies with a more diverse board and management team are more profitable. Data also shows that a higher sense of belonging is correlated with better employee retention. Our clientele and customer bases, both domestic and international, are more diverse, younger and socially responsible. This session will focus on the business case for creating a workplace where everyone feels welcome.

About the presenter

Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernández is a nationally recognized, enterprising and forward-thinking thought leader and former community college president, who has led institutions in suburban and rural settings in Massachusetts and North America. New Jersey. Internationally, she has served with the United Nations in Mexico and as a consultant for the Bermuda Department of Education. In March 2018, Diverse Issues in Higher Education named Dr. Salomon-Fernández one of the Top 25 Women in Higher Education.

She has been a reviewer for the National Science Foundation and Johns Hopkins University Press. Corporator of Greenfield Cooperative Bank, Dr. Salomon-Fernández is also a member of the Community Development Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She is a board member of Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Mass Humanities, both located in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Dr. Salomon-Fernández received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and holds a certificate from the University of Oxford. His masters is from the London School of Economics and his Ph.D. from Boston College. In addition to Haitian Creole, Dr. Salomon-Fernández is fluent in French and Spanish.

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