Bobbie Atkins

Diversity: An Ongoing Challenge & Opportunity

Workshop time: Wednesday, 2:00-3:15 pm
Room: 201
TOPICS: Race, psychological and physical safety, disability, LGBT, and religion

“Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they are open”…(Sir James Dewar)

This Workshop will focus on an inside-out exploration of living and learning in a multifaceted society. Race will be addressed as a social, political and economic reality. Extensive data is available regarding the demographic shifts that are occurring in America and projected for the future. Regardless of age, ethnicity, race, religion, disability, LGBT, or other human variances, our Spiritual lives are committed to engaging in a world that works for everyone. Diversity will be addressed as an asset. The concepts of Universal Design for living and learning along with Cultural Humility will be explored. Opportunities for developing Spiritual Diversity Mascot groups and actions plans can occur. Unity’ Five Basic Principles along with Don Miguel Ruiz’ Four Agreements will serve to inform Workshop content and discussions.

TOOLS AND TAKE-AWAYS
Focus on an Inside-out perspective
“Stories” as a powerful tool for engaging in meaningful conversations that are emotionally charged
Reframing the Conversation where Diversity is an Asset
Personal and Spiritual Community Diversity Assessment
Formation of Spiritual Diversity Mascot groups with Action Plans
Selected Resources

About the presenter

Dr. Atkins has extensive experience in teaching, research, service and publications in rehabilitation counseling psychology. Of special note: Atkins, B.J., & Wright, G.N. (l980). The vocational rehabilitation of Blacks. Journal of Rehabilitation, 46 (2), 4046. She is a leader, nationally and internationally; with expertise in diversity, disability, women’ issues, human resources, and leadership skills. The National Association for Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC) research award is the Bobbie J. Atkins Rehabilitation Research Award. Dr. Atkins is a highly sought after lecturer, speaker, and workshop facilitator.

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