Strengthening Nonprofit Governance & Managment
517-796-4750   
 2800 Springport Road, Jackson, Michigan 49202

    

“The CCC Council invites community members to attend this training to learn about, uncover, and address systemic racism, biases, and barriers for our community members.“

Cross-Cultural Conversations

A Series of Dialogues for More Equitable Communities

The more diverse an organization is, the more productive it will be. 

  • Having a better understanding of our personal cultural experience as well as that of our colleagues and clientele will lead to more cohesion and greater effectiveness in our interactions
  • With improved communication and understanding about cultural differences, staff will be better equipped to connect in a more productive manner with others


Why would this be of value? 

This Workshop Is Designed To;

  • Improve Productivity and Effectiveness 
  • Improve Communication and Public Relations Within Staff and the Clientele You Serve 
  • Improve Cohesion in the Workplace 
  • Help diffuse workplace or service delivery tension inadvertently caused by culturally-charged slights, unconscious biases, or unintended offenses 
  • Improve Job Satisfaction, Staff and Customer Buy-In, and Loyalty


"Discover the value of practicing a more open and inclusive mindset into day-to-day operations."


This series of workshops brought to you by the: Jackson Community Foundation            

Get to know the Facilitators

Interested in having your own organization trained in Cross-Cultural Conversations? Here is why you should bring this important awareness to your workplace;

"Organizations discover the value of practicing a more open and inclusive mindset into day-to-day operations."

"Cross-Cultural Conversations, Part I: Striving toward Improved Sensitivity in Communication and Clearer Understanding of the Effects of Privilege and Unconscious Bias"  3 Hour Session

  • Define cultural awareness, sensitivity, and competence
  • Identify issues of equality vs. equity
  • Recognize the influence of “isms” in our communication
  • Recognize privilege and bias
  • Identify ways to bridge barriers

Cross-Cultural Conversations, Part II: Steps to Overcoming Barriers"  3 Hour Session

  • Where do you stand on the continuum of awareness?
  • Addressing micro-aggression's
  •  Recognizing unconscious bias
  • Using tools to enhance communication and understanding     


Cross-Cultural Conversations is presented as either a Full-day Workshop or Session One & Session Two presentations to fit into your schedule. We Also Offer Optional Curriculum's to fit your needs:

A: Six 1-Hour Sessions

B: Two 3-Hour Sessions

C: One-Day Staff Retreat

*During COVID we are presenting 4-hour Online Introductory Sessions in order to keep moving forward in this important work.

Want more information on bringing Cross-Cultural Conversations to your workplace? Email; Tracey@NonprofNetwork.org 



UPCOMING EVENTS:

Offered Online or as Full-Day or Part One & Part Two Sessions

Due to the group-work required at these sessions each workshop requires a
minimum of 12 participants.

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, March 18, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom
    • 2
    Register


    The Cross-Cultural Conversations Council invites community members to attend this important training to learn about, uncover, and address systemic racism, biases and barriers for our community members.

    Through self-assessment and facilitated activities, participants gain increased understanding of their personal background and perspective on the implications of how their experience affects how they think and react to others from different backgrounds.

    Organizations discover the value of practicing a more open and inclusive mindset into day-to-day operations

    Session Agenda -

    9:00 am - 1:00 pm

    "Cross-Cultural Conversations, Part I: Striving toward Improved Sensitivity in Communication and Clearer Understanding of the Effects of Privilege and Unconscious Bias"

    ·         Define cultural awareness, sensitivity, and competence
    ·         Identify issues of equality vs. equity
    ·         Recognize the influence of “isms” in our communication
    ·         Recognize privilege and bias
    ·         Identify ways to bridge barriers

    “Cross-Cultural Conversations, Part II: Steps to Overcoming Barriers"

    ·         Where do you stand on the continuum of awareness?
    ·         Addressing micro-aggression's
    ·         Recognizing unconscious bias
    ·         Using tools to enhance communication and understanding

    Having a better understanding of ourselves, our colleagues, and our clientele will lead to more cohesion and greater effectiveness in our interactions. With improved communication and understanding, staff will be better equipped to adjust expectations and connect in a more productive manner with others.


    Additional information-

    • You will need video and audio in order to benefit from and  participate fully with the other attendees.
    • Please be camera ready, we will ask you to share your cameras during the presentation and to join our break-out room sessions.
    • Please plan to arrive 10 minutes early as these sessions will need to start on-time to get in the full content.  
    • Due to the group-work required at these sessions each workshop requires a minimum of 12 participants. Please commit to this time once registered for full benefit of this learning.

    Cost/s: Thank you to the generous sponsors who have made this workshop available at no-cost: 

    No event is free. There are always a great deal of resources, time, money and energy invested. "No shows" may impact being able to offer future events at no-cost.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    ~ Cross-Cultural Conversations Cancellation and Refund For paid events Policy ~

    CCC is committed to delivering high quality, professional development opportunities. This refund and cancellation policy accommodates the minimum time required to prepare for workshops and training's -including the cost of materials, content development, food and refreshments if applicable, and room accommodations.

    As a nonprofit, we keep the fees for programs as low as possible. Absorbing the cost of late cancellations would ultimately increase the price of Cross-Cultural Conversations programs.

    Credit Policy

    A registrant who provides notice more than 48 hours before the start of the session will automatically receive a check refund or credit to be used exclusively for a CCC workshop.  No cash refunds will be given.  

    No credits will be issued with less than a 48 hour notice. 

    Right to Cancel

    CCC reserves the right to cancel any workshop. If a cancellation occurs, registrants will receive a full refund or a credit towards another CCC workshop.

    If you need assistance with a cancellation or a change in your registration, or if you are interested in bringing this important work to your organization,  please email Tracey@NonprofNetwork.org or call our office at 517-796-4750.


    Facilitated By— 

    Marie Bonkowski
    Facilitator

    Marie Bonkowski is recently retired from her position as the Director of Student Affairs at Baker College of Jackson. She was a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council of the Baker College System and the majority of her 20 plus years at Baker was in the position of Dean of Health Sciences.

    Prior to moving to Onsted, Michigan, Marie was a respiratory therapist and worked at Sinai Hospital in Detroit.  Through her experiences at the college, in the health care setting and in the community, Marie has discovered much about the disparities that exist in the education, health and social systems in our community and nation.  She has learned how her own biases have affected her interactions with others in past and not so past situations.  Marie is an enthusiastic facilitator of the Cross-Cultural Conversations Training.  Her goal is to provide information and a safe environment for participants to begin conversations that lead to understanding biases and disparities in their own lives and in their communities. She looks forward to providing awareness and some tools for carrying on these sometimes difficult conversations.


    Shalanda Hunt
    Facilitator

    Shalanda is widely known for her exceptional ability to establish trust when interacting with diverse populations.  She is deeply committed to and passionate about being a catalyst for positive change. Her efforts focus on empowering others to challenge their personal biases and understanding about diversity, equity and inclusion through authentic engagement.

    Shalanda serves as the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative Coordinator (MYOI), with the Department of Health and Human Services, in Jackson County. She has been employed with the State of Michigan since 2011. Shalanda also maintains employment as a Youth Specialist, at the Jackson County Youth Center since 2003. In her current roles, she works closely with teens, providing independent living skills and mentor-ship. 

    She has an extensive background working in a variety of social work specialties, such as child welfare, juvenile justice, youth development, community networking, and is an advocate for teen mothers and survivors of domestic violence. 

    She is a graduate of Siena Heights University with a bachelor’s in criminal justice and is pursuing a master’s in social work. Her experience is not limited to adolescence but extends to training.


    Contact Sharon todayEmma Leriche
    Facilitator

    Emma is part of the Administration support, Spanish interpreter and member of the Child welfare Anti-racism Team for The Department of Health and Human Services in Jackson County. Her role assisting clients allows her to relate effectively with people from different ethnic backgrounds and cultures.

    Emma’s mission inspires and supports Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through all her functions in the Department and the community.

    As an Economist, she believes that discrimination can lead to an inefficient economy. For this reason, she believes working on recognizing, appreciating and valuing individual differences will build a stronger and more efficient community.

    Emma has a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a specialty in Finance. She is also, a facilitator and student of Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-racism workshops. The most recent one she attended is ERACCE (Eliminating Racism and Creating/Celebrating Equity).


    Edwin Payne
    Facilitator

    Edwin is a facilitative leader known for his ability to promote vulnerability with in groups while kindly holding members accountable. He is a great listener who is able to discern and hear the underlying meaning or messages in group conversations. Having had the opportunity to live in multiple cultures beginning at an early age, Edwin has developed a sincere passion for all peoples. He is excellent at using a lighted hearted joyfulness and asking quality questions to move groups towards common goals.

    Edwin has provided coaching, consultation, and counseling to various groups and organizations with the goal of building self-sufficiency and community capacity for the development of healthy communities. His facilitative experiences over the past 12 years include work with community mental health, higher education, and child welfare among others. 

    Edwin holds an MA in counseling from Lincoln Christian Seminary. He went on to earn an MS in Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies from Michigan State University because he values the impact of communities and systems on the well-being of individuals. Edwin is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan and serves as the Clinical Director of Jackson Counseling for WellBeing along with facilitating Cross-Cultural Conversations.



    Please Note: Nonprofit Network may record video or photograph public events. Videos and photos are used solely for the promotional purposes of Nonprofit Network. Nonprofit Network will regard as confidential all non-public information obtained during the course of its professional assignments. Information given in a public setting has no expectation of confidentiality.

    • Tuesday, April 20, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom
    • 25
    Register


    The Cross-Cultural Conversations Council invites community members to attend this important training to learn about, uncover, and address systemic racism, biases and barriers for our community members.

    Through self-assessment and facilitated activities, participants gain increased understanding of their personal background and perspective on the implications of how their experience affects how they think and react to others from different backgrounds.

    Organizations discover the value of practicing a more open and inclusive mindset into day-to-day operations

    Session Agenda -

    9:00 am - 1:00 pm

    "Cross-Cultural Conversations, Part I: Striving toward Improved Sensitivity in Communication and Clearer Understanding of the Effects of Privilege and Unconscious Bias"

    ·         Define cultural awareness, sensitivity, and competence
    ·         Identify issues of equality vs. equity
    ·         Recognize the influence of “isms” in our communication
    ·         Recognize privilege and bias
    ·         Identify ways to bridge barriers

    “Cross-Cultural Conversations, Part II: Steps to Overcoming Barriers"

    ·         Where do you stand on the continuum of awareness?
    ·         Addressing micro-aggression's
    ·         Recognizing unconscious bias
    ·         Using tools to enhance communication and understanding

    Having a better understanding of ourselves, our colleagues, and our clientele will lead to more cohesion and greater effectiveness in our interactions. With improved communication and understanding, staff will be better equipped to adjust expectations and connect in a more productive manner with others.


    Additional information-

    • You will need video and audio in order to benefit from and  participate fully with the other attendees.
    • Please be camera ready, we will ask you to share your cameras during the presentation and to join our break-out room sessions.
    • Please plan to arrive 10 minutes early as these sessions will need to start on-time to get in the full content.  
    • Due to the group-work required at these sessions each workshop requires a minimum of 12 participants. Please commit to this time once registered for full benefit of this learning.

     _____________________________________________________________ 

    Cost/s: Thank you to the generous sponsors who have made this workshop available at no-cost: 

    No event is free. There are always a great deal of resources, time, money and energy invested. "No shows" may impact being able to offer future events at no-cost.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    ~ Cross-Cultural Conversations Cancellation and Refund For paid events Policy ~

    CCC is committed to delivering high quality, professional development opportunities. This refund and cancellation policy accommodates the minimum time required to prepare for workshops and training's -including the cost of materials, content development, food and refreshments if applicable, and room accommodations.

    As a nonprofit, we keep the fees for programs as low as possible. Absorbing the cost of late cancellations would ultimately increase the price of Cross-Cultural Conversations programs.

    Credit Policy

    A registrant who provides notice more than 48 hours before the start of the session will automatically receive a check refund or credit to be used exclusively for a CCC workshop.  No cash refunds will be given.  

    No credits will be issued with less than a 48 hour notice. 

    Right to Cancel

    CCC reserves the right to cancel any workshop. If a cancellation occurs, registrants will receive a full refund or a credit towards another CCC workshop.

    If you need assistance with a cancellation or a change in your registration, or if you are interested in bringing this important work to your organization,  please email Tracey@NonprofNetwork.org or call our office at 517-796-4750.


    Facilitated By— 

    Contact Sharon todayEmma Leriche
    Facilitator

    Emma is part of the Administration support, Spanish interpreter and member of the Child welfare Anti-racism Team for The Department of Health and Human Services in Jackson County. Her role assisting clients allows her to relate effectively with people from different ethnic backgrounds and cultures.

    Emma’s mission inspires and supports Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through all her functions in the Department and the community.

    As an Economist, she believes that discrimination can lead to an inefficient economy. For this reason, she believes working on recognizing, appreciating and valuing individual differences will build a stronger and more efficient community.

    Emma has a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a specialty in Finance. She is also, a facilitator and student of Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-racism workshops. The most recent one she attended is ERACCE (Eliminating Racism and Creating/Celebrating Equity).


    Shalanda Hunt
    Facilitator

    Shalanda is widely known for her exceptional ability to establish trust when interacting with diverse populations.  She is deeply committed to and passionate about being a catalyst for positive change. Her efforts focus on empowering others to challenge their personal biases and understanding about diversity, equity and inclusion through authentic engagement.

    Shalanda serves as the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative Coordinator (MYOI), with the Department of Health and Human Services, in Jackson County. She has been employed with the State of Michigan since 2011. Shalanda also maintains employment as a Youth Specialist, at the Jackson County Youth Center since 2003. In her current roles, she works closely with teens, providing independent living skills and mentor-ship. 

    She has an extensive background working in a variety of social work specialties, such as child welfare, juvenile justice, youth development, community networking, and is an advocate for teen mothers and survivors of domestic violence. 

    She is a graduate of Siena Heights University with a bachelor’s in criminal justice and is pursuing a master’s in social work. Her experience is not limited to adolescence but extends to training.


    Martha York
    Facilitator

    Martha York is the Community Education Coordinator for Region 2 Area Agency on Aging. As a Master Trainer for numerous Evidence-Based Programs, Martha is skilled at facilitating groups and laying out a safe platform that encourages open expression of personal ideas and experiences. She is a licensed Social Worker who has worked for over 30 years with individuals and families coping with trauma, crisis, and chronic illnesses, encouraging them to strive to live well despite challenging circumstances.

    Additionally, Martha has been a keynote and motivational speaker to various organizations and college students on cancer survivorship, trauma recovery and resiliency. Martha speaks in a raw, relatable fashion with vulnerability that encourages hope, healing, and recovery. She is author of the daily devotional “Spoken to Me:  Calming words from God for anxious, over-active minds” 

    Martha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Michigan State University. She is a certified Master Trainer for Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs including Diabetes, Cancer, and Chronic Pain as well as for Creating Confident Caregivers, Respecting Choices, and Matter of Balance.

    Edwin Payne
    Facilitator

    Edwin is a facilitative leader known for his ability to promote vulnerability with in groups while kindly holding members accountable. He is a great listener who is able to discern and hear the underlying meaning or messages in group conversations. Having had the opportunity to live in multiple cultures beginning at an early age, Edwin has developed a sincere passion for all peoples. He is excellent at using a lighted hearted joyfulness and asking quality questions to move groups towards common goals.

    Edwin has provided coaching, consultation, and counseling to various groups and organizations with the goal of building self-sufficiency and community capacity for the development of healthy communities. His facilitative experiences over the past 12 years include work with community mental health, higher education, and child welfare among others. 

    Edwin holds an MA in counseling from Lincoln Christian Seminary. He went on to earn an MS in Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies from Michigan State University because he values the impact of communities and systems on the well-being of individuals. Edwin is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan and serves as the Clinical Director of Jackson Counseling for WellBeing along with facilitating Cross-Cultural Conversations.



    Please Note: Nonprofit Network may record video or photograph public events. Videos and photos are used solely for the promotional purposes of Nonprofit Network. Nonprofit Network will regard as confidential all non-public information obtained during the course of its professional assignments. Information given in a public setting has no expectation of confidentiality.

    • Wednesday, May 19, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom
    • 23
    Register


    The Cross-Cultural Conversations Council invites community members to attend this important training to learn about, uncover, and address systemic racism, biases and barriers for our community members.

    Through self-assessment and facilitated activities, participants gain increased understanding of their personal background and perspective on the implications of how their experience affects how they think and react to others from different backgrounds.

    Organizations discover the value of practicing a more open and inclusive mindset into day-to-day operations

    Session Agenda -

    9:00 am - 1:00 pm

    "Cross-Cultural Conversations, Part I: Striving toward Improved Sensitivity in Communication and Clearer Understanding of the Effects of Privilege and Unconscious Bias"

    ·         Define cultural awareness, sensitivity, and competence
    ·         Identify issues of equality vs. equity
    ·         Recognize the influence of “isms” in our communication
    ·         Recognize privilege and bias
    ·         Identify ways to bridge barriers

    “Cross-Cultural Conversations, Part II: Steps to Overcoming Barriers"

    ·         Where do you stand on the continuum of awareness?
    ·         Addressing micro-aggression's
    ·         Recognizing unconscious bias
    ·         Using tools to enhance communication and understanding

    Having a better understanding of ourselves, our colleagues, and our clientele will lead to more cohesion and greater effectiveness in our interactions. With improved communication and understanding, staff will be better equipped to adjust expectations and connect in a more productive manner with others.


    Additional information-

    • You will need video and audio in order to benefit from and  participate fully with the other attendees.
    • Please be camera ready, we will ask you to share your cameras during the presentation and to join our break-out room sessions.
    • Please plan to arrive 10 minutes early as these sessions will need to start on-time to get in the full content.  
    • Due to the group-work required at these sessions each workshop requires a minimum of 12 participants. Please commit to this time once registered for full benefit of this learning.

     _____________________________________________________________ 

    Cost/s: Thank you to the generous sponsors who have made this workshop available at no-cost: 

    No event is free. There are always a great deal of resources, time, money and energy invested. "No shows" may impact being able to offer future events at no-cost.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    ~ Cross-Cultural Conversations Cancellation and Refund For paid events Policy ~

    CCC is committed to delivering high quality, professional development opportunities. This refund and cancellation policy accommodates the minimum time required to prepare for workshops and training's -including the cost of materials, content development, food and refreshments if applicable, and room accommodations.

    As a nonprofit, we keep the fees for programs as low as possible. Absorbing the cost of late cancellations would ultimately increase the price of Cross-Cultural Conversations programs.

    Credit Policy

    A registrant who provides notice more than 48 hours before the start of the session will automatically receive a check refund or credit to be used exclusively for a CCC workshop.  No cash refunds will be given.  

    No credits will be issued with less than a 48 hour notice. 

    Right to Cancel

    CCC reserves the right to cancel any workshop. If a cancellation occurs, registrants will receive a full refund or a credit towards another CCC workshop.

    If you need assistance with a cancellation or a change in your registration, or if you are interested in bringing this important work to your organization,  please email Tracey@NonprofNetwork.org or call our office at 517-796-4750.


    Facilitated By— 

    Contact Sharon today

    Emma Leriche
    Facilitator

    Emma is part of the Administration support, Spanish interpreter and member of the Child welfare Anti-racism Team for The Department of Health and Human Services in Jackson County. Her role assisting clients allows her to relate effectively with people from different ethnic backgrounds and cultures.

    Emma’s mission inspires and supports Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through all her functions in the Department and the community.

    As an Economist, she believes that discrimination can lead to an inefficient economy. For this reason, she believes working on recognizing, appreciating and valuing individual differences will build a stronger and more efficient community.

    Emma has a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a specialty in Finance. She is also, a facilitator and student of Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-racism workshops. The most recent one she attended is ERACCE (Eliminating Racism and Creating/Celebrating Equity).


    Keila Kilgore
    Facilitator

    Keila Kilgore, MA, LPC has been a Health Coach/Educator at Henry Ford Allegiance Health since January 2013 with the It’s Your Life program at Prevention & Community Health. She earned her teaching degree from Western Michigan University and a Masters in Community Agency Counseling with a K-12 Guidance and Counseling Endorsement from Siena Heights University.  Keila is a Licensed Professional Counselor at her private practice with 30 years of experience working with individuals of all ages in behavioral health and education. She also serves as the director for the Xchange Teen Center in Hanover providing a supportive caring environment for those participating. 

    Keila has extensive training in trauma informed care and assessment, experience as a member of Critical Incident Stress Management teams and is an active on the Cross-Cultural Conversations Council in the Jackson Community. Keila’s passion is to learn and help others focus on understanding how life’s experiences can impact our overall health while encouraging awareness, knowledge, identification and utilization of resources to help build resilience.


    Shalanda Hunt
    Facilitator

    Shalanda is widely known for her exceptional ability to establish trust when interacting with diverse populations.  She is deeply committed to and passionate about being a catalyst for positive change. Her efforts focus on empowering others to challenge their personal biases and understanding about diversity, equity and inclusion through authentic engagement.

    Shalanda serves as the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative Coordinator (MYOI), with the Department of Health and Human Services, in Jackson County. She has been employed with the State of Michigan since 2011. Shalanda also maintains employment as a Youth Specialist, at the Jackson County Youth Center since 2003. In her current roles, she works closely with teens, providing independent living skills and mentor-ship. 

    She has an extensive background working in a variety of social work specialties, such as child welfare, juvenile justice, youth development, community networking, and is an advocate for teen mothers and survivors of domestic violence. 

    She is a graduate of Siena Heights University with a bachelor’s in criminal justice and is pursuing a master’s in social work. Her experience is not limited to adolescence but extends to training.


    Please Note: Nonprofit Network may record video or photograph public events. Videos and photos are used solely for the promotional purposes of Nonprofit Network. Nonprofit Network will regard as confidential all non-public information obtained during the course of its professional assignments. Information given in a public setting has no expectation of confidentiality.

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