Creating Confluence is “Training Leaders & Leading Trainers” because
leaders constantly need to hone their skills in order to guide others well and
trainers need continuing education to support their communities in making transformative change.
Expand the awareness, knowledge, and skills that are crucial for engaging with diverse constituencies.
Attendees receive certification from Inclusant, access to ongoing training, and CEUs via the Pitt School of Social Work.
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Facilitating meaningful and inclusive dialogue
Incorporating equity at all points of planning and activity
Understanding the impact of institutional and individual biases in order to counteract them
Local diversity, equity, and inclusion issues
The Creating Confluence workshop series will train leaders to acquire critical competencies that are crucial for successfully engaging with diverse constituencies.
The curriculum for Creating Confluence is based on the model ASK: Awareness, Skills, Knowledge and includes education about historical barriers to equity in the United States, experiential learning techniques, peer-to-peer education, facilitation best practices, action planning, and problem-solving.
Inclusant has developed this training in order to provide leaders with the tools they need to facilitate meaningful and inclusive dialogue, incorporate equity at all points of activity, and understand the impact of institutional and individual biases in order to counteract them.
Recognizing that most of us do not routinely have opportunities to develop core skills to be effective leaders in diversity, the team behind Creating Confluence has developed a unique workshop format, designed for local leaders to gain immediately applicable knowledge about diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition to providing attendees with a solid foundation for addressing emerging diversity challenges, the training offers access to facilitators with varied areas of expertise.
The Creating Confluence 10- hour workshop focuses on Inclusive Leadership + Equity Education
Day One: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Inclusive Leadership + Equity Education
9:00am – 11:30pm Customized problem-solving discussions
12:00pm – 4:15pm Optional breakout sessions led by facilitators with varied expertise
Registration Fees (including meals):
$525 If you are an employee of and representing a for-profit company
$425 If you are affiliated with a nonprofit, community group, or are attending as an individual
To make the training accessible to as many people as possible, we offer the following financial accommodations:
$75 off for Early Registration
Discounted rates for multiple people from the same institution
Scholarships and in-kind arrangements
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request accommodations and for information about partial scholarships.
Read our FAQ and learn even more in our Creating Confluence overview booklet
February 2018. This session will explore disability identity as a natural experience that enhances, rather than diminishes, one’s life. Attendees will increase their cultural competency related to disability, disability justice and explore the impact of ableism. The discussion will focus on innovative ideas for creating a strong cultural focused on ‘togetherness’ and how universal design supports this concept. Vision and strategy shared to assure the voices of the disability are represented and make sure all institutions are supporting the vibrant disability community in the region. Facilitator Chaz R. Kellem is the Senior Director of Advocacy for Race and Gender Equity at the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh and previously managed diversity initiatives for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Despite suffering many broken bones, 10 operations and facing lifetime challenges due to being born with a rare bone disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Chaz has the passion and energy to make a difference in the community and inspire all of us. Read more about Chaz at NEXT Up.
April 2017. When discussing difficult topics such as oppression, we can be sure to touch on deep pain, possibly trauma, and hidden rage. This workshop focuses on how to create spaces for openness and curious engagement, for facilitators as well as participants. We will learn about tools from facilitation, mindfulness, coaching, theatre, and art. Facilitator Hannah du Plessis of Fit Associates blends design, personal development, and the arts together with the intention to equip people to embody the change they seek.
April 2017. Explore how conflict shows up in our workplaces and how it complicates communication and professional relationships. Learn foundational skills for effectively navigating conflict and increasing our understanding of the differences that divide us. Facilitators Dawn Lehman and Vanessa Mayers-Snyder work with the Center for Victims in areas including Restorative Justice and Victim Offender Dialogue.
February 2018. Gain a better understanding of the current political climate. Understand what options immigrants have to come to the United States. Learn struggles immigrants face once they are here in the United States and discuss ways to support immigrant justice work. Facilitator Monica Ruiz is the Civic Engagement and Community Organizer for Casa San Jose and has been working with the Latino community for over 15 years. Monica earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Social Work with a focus on Community Organizing and Social Action.
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