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Monday, June 9

Don’t Forget to Remember: Relighting Our Past; Illuminating Our Future
he Frederick Douglass Monument will have graced the City of Rochester for 115 years; and is the nation’s first statue erected honoring and African-American. The City of Rochester will mark this occasion by proclaiming it Frederick Douglass Day. [ more info ]

July 15 – July 25

Remembering the Race Riots/Rebellion of 1964
Programs at Central Library downtown Rochester
Presented by Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library.
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Now – October 5

Exhibit: "Beyond Rochester’s ’64 Riots: 50 Years Seeking to Make One City Out of Two"
The news stories reported that on a hot July evening, a small street dance party suddenly transformed into an angry mob scene of several thousand citizens countered by all available Rochester law enforcement. [ more info ]

Thank You for Attending Forward!

The WDN's half-day seminar with Joe Gerstandt was a great success. Our thanks to all who attended. If you were unable to be there we are pleased to share some excerpts here.

May Meeting Thanks

Thanks to the Monroe Plan for Medical Care for hosting our May meeting. The focus was on unconscious bias, using the recently published book, “Blind Spot – Hidden Biases of Good People” by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald as the basis for the discussion. [ Read more ]

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Listen : Conversations in Depth

Cultivating Common Ground: A Key to Inclusion

This engaging dialogue between Bill Shackelford and Dr. Sondra Thiederman addresses the need to focus, not only on how we differ, but also on what we have in common. [ Listen here ]
How To Develop A Language Competence Strategy
By Leslie Aguilar
This is the second article in a two-part series. The first, Language Competence – The Forgotten Twin, explored the impact of language diversity in the workplace and society, defined Linguistic Competence (also called Language Competence), and examined why it is important to have a strategic plan. [ Continue reading ]
Left Handed vs. Right Handed?
By Val Boston
I had lunch today with a friend and when our server approached and began to write down our order, I noticed that she was left handed. Since I am also left handed, it started an interesting conversation. Though she was much younger than I, we had similar experiences growing up. [ Continue reading ]

Diversity of Thought
By Dr. William A. Guillory
Diversity of Thought is the ability to explore an unlimited array of creative, innovative, and inclusive responses to problems, challenges, and strategic possibilities.
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Does Race Really Matter?
By Steve Hanamura
When I have people come together to explore the dynamics of diversity, I first give them a history lesson of how diversity, inclusion, and intercultural communication became important topics.  We got into diversity in the first place due to compliance, legislation that states that we can no longer discriminate against people based on their race, gender, or religious background. [ Continue reading ]


Your Fears: Name Them and Defeat Them
By Sondra Thiederman
Let’s admit it, working with and leading folks who think, look, talk, and live different from us can be a little disconcerting. All that uncertainty can accumulate until we find ourselves downright afraid – afraid to act, afraid to speak, afraid to make decisions.
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Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts: Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World - By Leslie Aguilar
Experience the impact of stereotypical comments, explore why people don't speak up against stereotypes and other biased behaviors, and learn six techniques for speaking up without blame or guilt.
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Ouch! Your Silence Hurts - By Leslie Aguilar
Ouch! Your Silence Hurts continues the conversation that OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts started. It explores the high cost of silent collusion and the power of the bystander to make a positive difference.
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Gateways to Inclusion: Turning Tense Moments into Productive Conversations - By Sondra Thiederman, PhD
This is the new diversity and inclusion training video from SunShower Learning, the Gateways video shows how painful and disruptive diversity disasters can be, and offers simple tools to help your people turn these uncomfortable situations into productive conversations. [ Learn more and buy ]

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