News - March 2011

Making Connections Series Winter/Spring 2011

The National Coalition Building Institute, Rochester Chapter

Deepening Relationships Around Race
Thursday, March 24th, 2011, 9AM-Noon

What behaviors, personal and systemic, lock racism in place? What leadership skills are needed to redress the legacy that racism holds over us today? How might our different experiences 'color' the way we
view one another? Together, we'll introduce a common language for
discussion, explore the individual and systemic aspects of racism, and develop strategies for ally building across culturesday

Beyond Recordings: From Fear to Hope
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011, 1-4PM

For many, diversity initiatives are tolerated as long as dominant groups remain in control. Why is this so? What can we do to fundamentally change the way we think? Utilizing The Color of Fear as reference, we
will examine those fears that impede our desire for racial justice. Despite legislative achievements in civil rights, gaps in housing, income, and employment between racial groups are as great or greater than ever. The
scars of racism affect all of us. Yet we can become more fully human through every day interactions and courageous conversations.

Up Front and Personal
Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 9AM-Noon

Our desire to be closely connected is natural and desirable. Our differences enrich us and broaden our horizons. But when it comes to
issues of race and ethnicity we hold back, afraid of offending or saying the wrong thing. This session provides a forum for such a dialogue through a question and answer format, one that is honest, open, challenging,
informative and ultimately transformative.

LDA Life & Learning Services
339 East Ave., Sui te 420
Rochester, NY 14604

About the Presenters
Steven Jarose, Director
Steve has been the Director of the Upstate NY (Rochester) Chapter of NCBI for the past ten years. He has worked with groups for more than 35 years, specializing in organizational assessment, team building, conflict
resolution, change management, cultural competence and strategic

Through his NCBI endeavors, Steve and a diverse team of trainers have worked with school districts, local colleges and universities, faith communities, civic groups, schools, non-profits and labor organizations. Steve is a long time advocate for social justice. He enjoys people and the teaching-learning process as a reflection of his passion for lifelong learning.

Navlette James, Associate Director
Navie has been an active chapter member since 1999. She is the Rights
Advocate for a large state agency, and has dedicated her career to advocating for the rights and needs of people with disabilities.

Navie has been a trainer and facilitator in the areas of diversity, sexual harassment prevention, equal opportunities and the rights of individuals with disabilities. She is trained in mediation, violence prevention and circles techniques and incorporates her leadership skills in all her endeavors. Known for her enthusiasm and zest for life, Navie engages and inspires people through her passion for justice and by making a difference in the lives of others.

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those attending 3 or more
of the 4-part series, including those who have attended past sessions.
For more information, please contact Steven Jarose at (585) 263-3323 ext.238 or at

Registration Fees per person:

Session II, Mar. 24th: $30.00
Session III, April. 13th: $30.00
Session IV, May 3rd: $30.00
All Four Sessions: $100 .00
Some scholarship assistance available Please make check payable to:
NCBI Upstate NY.

Send form and check to: Steven Jarose, NCBI
339 East Ave, Suite 420 Rochester, NY 14604



March 2011

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