Cross Cultural Conversations - A Series of Dialogues for More Equitable Communities

  • Wednesday, December 09, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom
  • 15


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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

Online 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 participate fully
  • 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 start on-time.   
  • Due to the group-work required at these sessions each workshop requires a minimum of 12 participants.

 **Costs - $20 for the full-day FREE for this Session!


Thank you to the generous sponsors who have made this workshop available: 


~ Cross-Cultural Conversations Cancellation and Refund 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 or call our office at 517-796-4750.

Facilitated By— 

Edwin Payne

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.

Martha York

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.

Contact Sharon todayKeila Kilgore

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.

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