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SWFLN Developing Cultural Competence – New Ways to “See” the World

August 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Event Type: Face-to-Face
Date: 8/17/2017
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 4:00 PM

Description:
 Part 1: Cultural Identity and Uncovering our Blindspots

Hidden bias, implicit bias, unconscious bias, or blindspots – whatever you call it, it is something no one can escape. Our brains are prone to leap to conclusions, fill in the blanks, and make decisions that seem to be hard-wired without our even knowing it. Where do these pre-programmed perceptions come from? In Part 1 of this workshop, we’ll explore our individual cultural identities, and how they have helped to shape our worldviews – creating those automatic connections that are hard to break. We’ll learn how and why our brains lead us to inaccurate conclusions, become more aware of our “built-in” biases, and learn some techniques for diminishing their impact on our decision making and ability to build relationships. The workshop will include numerous exercises and many opportunities to discuss application of the ideas presented to the library environment.

Part 2: Getting Beyond Our Assumptions – Creating Dialogue That Leads to Inclusion

In our increasingly polarized and politicized world, we seem to be continually “walking on egg shells,” and at the same time “ignoring the elephant in the room.” There are so many conversations that we need to have – both to learn about other cultural perspectives and to discover how we can create workplaces (and a society) where everyone feels included. But where do we start? Part 2 of this workshop will look at what’s necessary to prepare ourselves to have the “difficult conversations” – the ones that lead to understanding, acceptance, and valuing of the worldviews of others. Drawing from the wisdom of counseling, academic settings, and cross-cultural studies, we’ll learn how to best approach situations in which we feel most uncomfortable. We’ll also explore what unintentional statements may break, rather than build, trust across cultures. The workshop will include numerous exercises and many opportunities to discuss application of the ideas presented to the library environment. Let’s talk…

Academic Library staff
Academic Library staff will find this workshop helpful in suggesting resources to support cross-cultural understanding and dialogue in their institutions. They will also gain insights into their own cultural identities and unconscious biases, increasing their sensitivity and ability to respond to the diverse needs of their multicultural library users.
Public Library staff
As a center for community dialogue and promoting learning across diverse cultures, public libraries will find this workshop helpful in providing ideas and approaches for facilitating positive and productive conversations. They will also gain insights into their own cultural identities and unconscious biases, increasing their sensitivity and ability to respond to the diverse needs of their multicultural library users.
School Librarians and Media Specialists
This workshop will help school librarians and media specialists become more aware of the unconscious biases that may affect their selection of library/media resources and their interactions with students and staff.
Special Library staff
International students and professionals are a growing part of many of the more technical professions in the U.S. – and especially in Florida. Through this workshop, special library staff will again insights into their own cultural identities and unconscious biases, increasing their sensitivity and ability to respond to the diverse needs of their multicultural library users.

Location: SWFLN Office: 13120 Westlinks Terrace, Unit 3 Fort Myers, FL 33913 (239) 313-6338
Registration Ends: 8/14/2017 at 12:00 AM

Other Information:
 About the Presenter: Mary L. Martinéz, President of InclusionFocus, LLC, has more than 25 years of experience as an HR leader and consultant in diversity and inclusion, talent and organization development, and employee engagement. She has held corporate roles for CIGNA, Honeywell, Sanofi, and Alcatel-Lucent, and has been a senior consultant and practice leader for ORC/Mercer and APTMetrics. Mary has implemented a wide range of diversity and talent initiatives in business, not-for-profit and government organizations, helping them to develop measurable diversity and inclusion strategies based on their vision for inclusion and particular organization goals. A frequent contributor to D&I publications and conferences, Mary is currently the Education Co-Chair for the South Florida Diversity Council and Diversity and Inclusion Director for the Greater Miami Society for Human Resources Management. She holds an M.B.A in Organization Behavior from Bernard M. Baruch College — The City University of NY.

Contact: Aaron Blumberg
Contact Number: 2393136218
Presenter: Mary Martinez

Venue

SWFLN Office
13120 Westlinks Terrace Unit 3
Fort Myers, FL 33913 United States
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Phone:
239-313-6338