Track II: Increasing Opportunities for Inclusion in Wisconsin’s Workforce Conference Agenda

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Communities across Wisconsin are changing. New residents, new faces, and new ideas are helping to make our state a vibrant and diverse place to live.  It is important that our communities and neighborhoods are safe and welcoming to all regardless of background or heritage so that all residents can call their community “home.”

Schedule

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Track II: Creating Inclusive Communities
Conference Agenda

Thursday, April 11, 2019

 

7:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

Exhibitor Set Up

7:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

Registration Open

8:00 a.m.

8:45 a.m.

Exhibit Area Open

8:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Morning Activities

   

Land Acknowledgement

   

Welcome

   

Announcements

   

Opening Remarks

   

Introduction of Plenary Speaker

   

Plenary Speaker – Pardeep Singh Kaleka      

   

Resident Artist – Dasha Hamilton

10:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Passing Time – Exhibit Area Open

10:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions – Section 1

 

Session 1 - 1: Dismantling White Supremacy in the Workplace to Create More Inclusive Communities

 

Room: Lakeshore Ballroom B

Description: Work place culture is powerful because it is so present and at the same time so very difficult to name or identify. One of the purposes of listing characteristics of white supremacy culture is to point out how organizations which unconsciously use these characteristics as their norms and standards make it difficult, if not impossible, to open the door to people of Color. Being able to identify and name the norms and standards that uphold white supremacist thinking is a first step to making room for an equitable and inclusive work space.

 

Presenters:

·        Lee Stovall, Program Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion Programs, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

·        Shaniqua Crawford, Title IX Coordinator, Lawrence University

Session 1 - 2a: Circles of Change: Moving from Dialogue to Action in Your Community/City

 

Room:  Lakeshore Ballroom C

 

Description: Circles of Change is a civic engagement process supported by local governments, the Eau Claire School District, the university, and technical college. Fourteen groups of 10-14 members engaged in six two-hour sessions where participants shared dialogue regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and then took actions to work toward eliminating institutional and systematic barriers that perpetuate inequality. Guided by trained facilitators, dialogues were designed to help groups build community and discuss difficult topics to looking at issues specific to the community. At the end of the sessions, all the groups met together to choose action plans that would be pursued.

Presenter: Dr. Aubrey Robinson, Director, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

 

Session 1 - 2b: ALICE: How Understanding Financial Hardship can Strengthen Wisconsin's Workforce

 

Room:  Lakeshore Ballroom C

 

Description: ALICE: How understanding Financial Hardship can Strengthen Wisconsin's Workforce will use findings from ALICE: A Study of Financial Hardship in Wisconsin to understand the challenges that communities face when nearly 38 percent of Wisconsin's households live below a basic survival budget. ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) introduces several new measures of financial hardship while providing data that helps individuals, organizations, and communities develop strategies to address the most pressing barriers to strengthening the workforce and community health.

 

Presenter: : Charlene Mouille, Executive Director, United Way of Wisconsin

Session 1 -3: Aligning Communities through Innovative Interactions

 

Room:  Gilpatrick

Session Description: This session will focus on an innovative approach to creating long term change in systems of social networks in a way that aims to dismantle systems of aversive and implicit racism. Our approach involves transformational leadership development and training within three groups simultaneously: grassroots Black leaders, Black professionals, and potential white allies in the fight for racial justice. Following leadership development and training in US history, we support cross-cultural interactions with mentorship support.

Presenters:

·        Dr. Karen Reece, Vice President of Research and Education, Nehemiah Community Development Corporation

·        Harry Hawkins, Executive Vice President, Nehemiah Community Development Corporation

Session 1 – 4: How Faith Communities Help Us Heal from Acts of Hate, Discrimination, and Oppression

Room:  Lakeshore Room A

Description: This panel will explore how faith communities help the broader communities effectively deal with tragedy and acts of hate. What are relevant examples and lessons learned?  How do we heal together?

Moderator and Presenter: Reverend Tory V. Topjian, Senior Pastor, Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church

Presenters:

·        Pardeep Kaleka, Founder, Serve2Unite and author of “The Gift of Our Wounds”

·        Reverend Afi Dobbins, Solomon Community Temple United Methodist Church, Milwaukee

·        Pastor Joe Ellwanger, Pastor Emeritus, Cross Lutheran Church, Milwaukee

 

11:30 a.m.

12:00  a.m.

Break – Exhibit Area Open

12:00 p.m.

12:30 p.m.

Lunch

12:30 a.m.

1:00 p.m.

Lunch Activities

   

Introduction of Plenary Speaker

   

Plenary Speaker – Thomas Frank

   

Resident Artist – Dasha Hamilton

1:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

Passing Time – Exhibit Area Open

1:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions - Section Two

 

Session 2 - 5: The Role of the Arts in Shaping Inclusive and Equitable Communities

 

Room: Lakeshore Ballroom A

 

Description: This panel will address the role of the arts in building social capital and bridging differences in and among communities. While the world increases in partisanship and negative rhetoric, the arts provide inclusive spaces to explore difficult issues and encourage community engagement.

 

Moderator:  Anne Katz, Executive Director, Wisconsin Arts

Presenters:

·        Barbara Wanzo, Director, Black Arts MKE

  • Dominique Samari, Imagine MKE
  • Jacobo Lovo, Director, Latino Arts

Session 2 -6: Local Government Institute’s Future Region’s Initiative

 

Room:  Gilpatrick

Description: The Local Government Institute has developed a Future Regions Initiative. This initiative is aimed at promoting greater collaboration between neighboring local governments and their residents. A requirement of the initiative is that those whose voice is not typically heard when decisions are made be involved in the process. This session will describe the impact the process has had on inclusivity in the Eau Claire region where growth in the creative economy depends upon greater inclusivity and Sauk County where the County and the Ho Chunk Nation are finding ways to include each other when important decisions are made.

Presenter: 

·        Gary W. Becker, Executive Director,  Local Government Institute of Wisconsin

·        Kathryn Schauf, Eau Claire County Administrator, Eau Claire County

·        Krisitn WhiteEagle, Ho-Chunk Nation Legislator, Ho-Chunk Nation

·        Peter Vedro, Sauk County Board Chair, Sauk County

Session 2 - 7:  Seeing Defensiveness as a Tool for Community Change

 

Room:  Lakeshore Ballroom B

Description:
A failure to accept the duality of experience, that something can be both good and problematic simultaneously, is often the root cause of impasses that prevent anti-oppression work. Dominant groups often struggle to hear the experiences of marginalized groups as anything other than an invalidation of their own experiences. This workshop will focus on that defensiveness and how deconstructing, side-by-side, these positive and negative experiences can map out growth opportunities. Participants in this session will identify community issues and institutions that breed this defensiveness and work through that defensiveness to identify action plans for change.

Presenter: Greg Wright, Executive Director, CREATE Portage County

 

2:30 -2:45 p.m.                      Passing Time

 

2:45-3:45 p.m.                      Concurrent Sessions - Section Three

 

Session 3 - 8: Impact of CDFI’s (Community Development Financial Institutions) in the Communities, Improving Inclusion

 

Room: Lakeshore Ballroom A

Description: CDFI's (Community Development Financial Institutions) have played a strong role within the Wisconsin communities throughout time. Primarily the CDFI organizations have developed from small organizations and have grown over time in number and in size to be a solution to community growth and to bring resources, money, services, knowledge, and dedication to helping our diverse communities. This panel of experts within the CDFI industry include WIBA (Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance) a coalition of Native CDFI's in Wisconsin serving the large number of Native and surrounding communities to bridge the solutions together to benefit all.

 

Presenters:

·        Becky Albert-Breed, First Nations Community Financial

·        Fern Orie, Wisconsin Native Loan Fund

·        Pamela Boivin, NiiJii Capital Partners, Inc.

Session 3 - 9a: Advancing Equity and Inclusion

 

Room: Lakeshore Ballroom B

Description: This session will be presented by the Madison College, Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement.  A model for advancing equity and inclusion through a series of modules that include capacity building workshops and training, skill building workshops, simulations, and climate and culture programming will be shared. The model aimed at employees will focus on how we create authentically inclusive learning environments for ALL of our students. The presentation will address changing demographics in our district and strategies to address achievement gaps. Facilitators will share exercises and activities that increase an understanding of how implicit bias impacts classrooms.

 

Presenters:

·        Lucia Nunez, Vice President for Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, Madison Technical College

·        Jimmy Cheffen, Jr., Madison Technical College

 

3 - 9b. Project Hais Lus: Perspectives on Language Access, Cultural Barriers, and Multilingualism in Wisconsin's Hmong Communities

 

Room:  Lakeshore Ballroom B

 

Description: This community-based research project includes interviews with 24 leaders from Hmong communities around the state of Wisconsin. The sample included elected officials, organizational leaders, professional language interpreters, and educators. They were asked their perspectives on how UW Extension and other organizations can address such barriers in its efforts to strengthen relationships with the state’s Hmong communities. Their perspectives on the Hmong language and culture, community outreach, programming opportunities, and strategic engagement will be summarized during this presentation.

Presenters:

·        Ariana Thao, Language Access Project Assistant, UW Extension

·        Jay Lema, Project Assistant, UW Extension

Session 3 - 10: Overcoming Barriers to Equity in Rural Community Needs Assessments: Employing Innovative Tactics to Include Chronically Underemployed and ALICE Community Members

 

Room: Gilpatrick

Description:
In a time of reduced resources and increased need, rural communities need to come together to help one another. Join us as we discuss an innovative approach to conduct a rural needs assessment that addresses health equity by targeting the perspectives of the chronically under employed and underserved community members. Results of this work will be used to guide strategic planning for community service and workforce development in Dodge County. In this panel presentation, coalition members will share preliminary results and answer questions regarding implementation of an equity-informed rural needs assessment.

Presenters:

·        Laurel Lunde, Executive Director, The Gathering Source

·        Susan Jentz, Executive Director, United Way of Dodge County

·        Jeff Stoltmen, Program Manager, Dodge County Getting-to-Work Program

·        Abra Vigna,  Action Researcher and Evaluator, UW-Madison Population Health Institute

Session 3 - 11: Cultural Reverence Workshop - Part 2

 

Room:  Lakeshore Ballroom C

 

Description: This is a two hour session from 2:30-5:00 p.m.  Cultural Reverence increases the ability of individuals and organizations to serve clients and productively engage colleagues and staff. Our impact requires self-introspection, organizationally and independently. What are our own culturally-informed identities and how they influence our values, perceptions, and behavior? Toward One Wisconsin Conference Resident Artist, Dasha Hamilton, with her husband and partner, Kima Hamilton, will lead an exploration and dialogue. The Hamiltons deliver Cultural Reverence training to agencies and organizations through The Alma Institute and have led training for county divisions, city departments, executive committees, and frontline staff. 

 

Presenters: Dasha Hamilton, Resident Artist  and Kima Hamilton

 

3:45-4:00 p.m.      Passing Time

 

4:00-5:00 p.m.      Concurrent Sessions – Section Four

 

Session 4 - 12: Cultural Reverence Workshop - Part 2

 

Room: Lakeshore Ballroom C

 

Description: This session is a continuation of Session 3-11.  

 

Presenters: Dasha Hamilton, Resident Artist  and Kima Hamilton

Session 4 - 13: Breaking Down Barriers Through Storytelling

 

Room: Gilpatrick

Description: When a tragic incident of teen violence occurred in Wausau, it triggered a series of events that uncovered serious tensions in the community. The Wausau area has become more diverse, but there are real cultural and ethnic divisions, with deep roots that are rarely were acknowledged, much less understood. The Toward One Wausau project was started by people who felt the community could do a better job helping new and diverse residents feel welcome and safe. Telling one’s own story and listening to the stories of others has proved to be a powerful way to begin difficult community conversations.

Presenters: Toward One Wausau Members

·        Darryl L Mayfield

·        Gwen Taylor

·        Sheng Khang

·        Tony Gonzalez

·        Kayley McColley

·        Dr. Corina Norrbom

·        Yaou Yang

·        Mang Xiong

·        Dr. Mary Jo Lechner

·        Maysee Herr

Session 4 - 14a: Libraries are for Everyone: Supporting Inclusive Services in Wisconsin Public Libraries

 

Room: Lakeshore Ballroom B

Description: Libraries are for Everyone: Supporting Inclusive Services in Wisconsin Public Libraries demonstrates how diverse communities are strengthened by public libraries.  Public libraries should intentionally develop and deliver services to individuals or groups for whom accessing and using the library might be difficult or limited. To address barriers of inequality and equity and support inclusive library environments where everyone feels safe and respected, Wisconsin public library staff and leaders from the Department of Public Instruction created an Inclusive Services toolkit in 2018. The presenters will share examples of how this toolkit is transforming the ways libraries approach and evaluate hiring practices and staff training, library governance, programming and outreach services, access to facilities, and more.

 

Presenters:

·        Kristina Gomez, Events and Programming Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library

·        Rene Bue, Programming and Outreach Coordinator, Hedberg Public Library

·        Laurie A. Ollhoff, Assistant Director, T.B. Scott Free Library

·        Jessica MacPhail, Library Director, Racine Public Library

·        Shauna Koszegi, Adult Services, Librarian, Sun Prairie Public Library

 

Session 4 - 14b:  Importance of Networking and Connecting Beyond Culture Barriers

 

Room:  Lakeshore Ballroom B
 

Description: Importance of Networking and Connecting Beyond Culture Barriers discusses how CWHP (Central Wisconsin Hmong Professionals) serves the Hmong Community within Marathon County, hosting monthly networking events at different facilities throughout the county showcasing businesses of all industries. The organization encourages the public to attend with the intent of fostering engagement, organic collaboration, and networking that leads to authentic relationships. Through these actions our goal is to break through cultural differences allowing individuals to see themselves as part of a larger community.  Our “why” is to advocate the importance of networking and connecting to reach self-awareness, create awareness, and have emerging leaders reach their potential.

Presenters:

·        Mang Xiong, Regional TA Coordinator and CWHP President, Hmong WI Chamber of Commerce and Central Wisconsin Hmong Professionals

·        Lada Xiong-Vang, Business Development Manager and CWHP Vice President, Environments and Central Wisconsin Hmong Professionals

·        PaHnia Thao, Human Resource Generalist and CWHP Secretary, Connexus Credit Union and Central Wisconsin Hmong Professionals

Session 4 - 15: Community Building with Servant Leadership

 

Room:  Lakeshore Ballroom A

Description: The initiative on Community Building with Servant Leadership is designed for current and aspiring leaders who seek to be a catalyst for meaningful change within themselves and their organizations. The purpose of this session is to provide the research, and practical lessons on how to improve leadership for self, organizations, and the community.

 

Presenter: Peter Jonas, Professor, Cardinal Stritch University

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019

 

7:30 a.m.

8:20 a.m.

Continental Breakfast –Exhibit Area Open

8:20 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

Morning Activites

   

Introduction of Plenary Speaker

   

Plenary Speaker – Dr. Edward Lee Vargas

   

Announcements

9:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

Passing Time – Exhibit Area Open

9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions - Section Five

 

Session 5 - 16: Inclusion: The Future of Diversity!

Room: Lakeshore Ballroom A

Description:  Organizations have been focusing on diversity for nearly 50 years, with the hopes of creating a more integrated, inclusive culture.  However, most now realize that these efforts have not achieved the results they desired.  Inclusity's new approach to creating diverse, inclusive organizations addresses some of the largest barriers that have stood in our way for decades.  In this informative and interactive session, learn tools and practices that will help you become a more intentionally inclusive organization.

Presenter: Maria Arcocha White, i clusity CEO and Founder

Session 5 - 17:  Closing Racial and Ethnic Wealth Gaps: College is not Enough

 

Room: Gilpatrick

 

Description:  Nationally recognized experts on race, income, and wealth inequality will share their research. The panelists will discuss the evolution of racial and ethnic income and wealth gaps and highlight research on differential outcomes associated with four-year college degree attainment.  The discussion will be based on structural and systemic barriers, some of which are unobservable and are more difficult to overcome.   

 

Presenters:

·        Bill Emmons, St. Louis Federal Reserve

·        Lowell Ricketts, St. Louis Federal Reserve

Session 5 - 18: Why Women Don't Run

 

Room: Lakeshore Ballroom C

Description: The recent national elections saw historic increases in the number of women seeking elective office. However, at the local level Wisconsin lags behind. There are state and national studies on barriers to women running for elected office. This research is the first attempt to learn more about the local level. This groundbreaking work determines why relatively few women run for Wisconsin local elected office. What are real and perceived barriers? Closing with seven strategies to encourage women to run and participate.

Presenters:

·        Dan Hill, formerly UWEX Local Government Center

·        Melissa Kono, UWEX Clark/Trempealeau Counties

·        Kellie Pederson, UWEX Bayfield

Session 5 - 19: The Role of Housing in Creating Inclusive Communities

Room: Lakeshore Ballroom B

Description: Panelists from various Wisconsin communities will discuss their approach to developing diverse housing stock in part to attract specific populations to settle in their community.  They will reflect on how public policy around housing issues can actually increase the inclusivity of the community.

Moderator:  Stuart Kuzik, Director - Business and Community Engagement, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)

Presenters:

·        Wyman Winston, Neighborhood Wealth LCC, Former Executive Director of WHEDA

·        Walter J. Orzechowski, MSPH, MBA, Executive Director, Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program

·        Dave Armstrong, Executive Director, Barron County Economic Development Corporation, Business Programs, Community Development and Tourism

Session 5 - 20: Wisconsin's Rural/Urban FLOW Arts/Agriculture Network – a Search for Balance, Reciprocity, and Joy in a Climate of Extremes

Room: Solomon Juneau

Description: This interactive and engaging session will introduce you to the Sauk County-Milwaukee County Rural/Urban FLOW Network of “cultural producers” who are place-based neighborhood and community leaders in the cultural arts and agriculture. We are committed to building a local-to-national grassroots learning community of practice where “we own what we make”. We’ll share a taste of the network (how we came together, our values and direction) and want to hear from you what value this network brings to Wisconsin’s people and places.

 

Moderator/Facilitator: Angie Allen, Milwaukee County Co-Organizer & Community Development Educator, Extension Milwaukee County

Presenters:

·        Donna Neuwirth, Executive Director, Wormfarm Institute, Sauk County, WI and Sauk County Co-Organizer

  • Jay Salinas, Director of Special Programs, Wormfarm Institute, Sauk County, WI and Sauk County Co-Organizer
  • Sarah Lloyd, Wisconsin Farmers Union
  • Adam Carr, at the intersection of Milwaukee community and communication, Milwaukee County Co-Organizer
  • Dasha Hamilton, Creative Change Agent, Stillwaters Collective, Milwaukee

 

10:30-10:45 a.m. Passing Time

 

10:45-11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions – Section Six

 

Session 5 - 21: The Role of Professional Sports Organizations in Building Inclusive Communities

Room: Gilpatrick

Description: This moderated panel will feature representatives from three professional sports organizations in Wisconsin and discuss how they can be innovative resources to creating inclusive communities.  The panel will address historical and contemporary roles of professional sports organizations in building community identity, as well as recent successes and potential pitfalls of community engagement.

Moderator: Dr. George Koonce, Senior Vice President, Marian University and former Green Bay Packer

Presenters:

·        Arvind Gopalratnam, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Milwaukee Bucks

·        Grey Ruegamer, Director of Player Engagement, Green Bay Packers

·        Katina Shaw, Senior Director, Community Relations and Family, Milwaukee Brewers

Session 5 - 22: Bridge and Build: Using Sports to Empower Youth and Communities in Beloit

Room: Lakeshore Ballroom B

Description: Presenters will share an innovative project that uses sports to bring youth from diverse backgrounds together to create bridging social capital and provide opportunities for personal leadership development.

 

Presenter:

·        Jeff Smoller, President, WAGET

·        Lamont Weaver, Retired

·        Lakya Jackson, Student, Beloit Memorial High School

·        Summer Marcum, Student, Beloit Memorial High School

·        Skylar Listenbee, Student, Beloit Memorial High School

Session 5 -23: Broad-based Relationships in an Era of Divisiveness: Practicing a Better Community

 

Room: Lakeshore Ballroom C

Description:
The broad-based relational model for community building is one tool that can transform divisiveness and anger with shared action and interpersonal connectedness, building community resiliency. This approach values the unique perspectives and skills of all community members by weaving those who have been marginalized more deeply and meaningfully into community life. It centralizes one-on-one conversations that get to common ground, deeper passions, and the core of humanity. Faith-based, nonprofit, for-profit, and public sector leaders collaborate to address the roots of community challenges. This workshop will include skills-based training so participants can use a broad-based relational approach in their own communities.

Presenters:

·        Kerri Parker, Executive Director, Wisconsin Council of Churches

·        Rachel Leigh Peller, Community Engagement Manager, Wisconsin Partners

Session 5 – 24: Policing With the Community: Inclusive Practices and Lessons Learned

 

Room: Lakeshore Ballroom A

 

Description: Most police work in a mid-sized city like Madison is reactive; unfortunately, reactive policing does little to build trust with the community at large.  By innovating and providing ongoing support to our community partners, people will feel empowered to engage more closely with not just police, but all service providers.  This presentation offers insights from experienced police officers who do community outreach work along with an allied mental health professional – bring your best questions and bright ideas!

 

Presenters:

·        Lore Vang, Police Officer, City of Madison Police Department

·        Natalie Deibel, Police Officer, City of Madison Police Department

 

11:45 a.m.

12:15 p.m.

Break – Exhibit Area Open

12:15 p.m.

12:55 p.m.

Lunch -

12:55 p.m.

3:15 p.m.

Afternoon Activities

   

Performance-Dasha Kelly

   

Next Step Facilitated Discussion

   

Introduction of Closing Speaker

   

Closing Remarks-Dr. George Koonce

   

Send Off-Eric Giordano