Wake up to Diversity

South Central College Employee Training Series

Join your colleagues to learn more about diversity. Bukata Hayes, Executive Director of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council will guide us through an employee training series that promises to be exciting and engaging! All sessions will be interactive and invigorating to make sure that the best thing about breakfast is not just the great food but the fellowship (dialogue around pertinent issues) that accompanies the most important meal of the day!

Complimentary breakfast will be provided for all registered attendees.

Session 1: Persistent Mental Illness

Why is it that the only meaningful conversations regarding persistent mental illness occur after a tragedy involving someone said to have suffered from persistent mental illness? Our lack of dialogue on this important topic leads to stigma, discrimination and marginalization. At this session, attendees will learn more about various persistent mental illnesses, how persistent mental illness is viewed in various cultures, how perceptions around persistent mental illness impact all of us and what we can do to ensure those with persistent mental illness feel welcomed within our community. We must develop a common language around diversity and how to use this common language to build a more inclusive society.

Faribault: Wednesday, September 5, 8-10 a.m. in C36
N. Mankato:
Friday, September 7, 8-10 a.m. in Heritage Hall
Registration required for free breakfast – Contact Barb Feit at 507/389-7262 by August 31st

Session 2: Religious Beliefs

Muslim... Christian... Jewish... Mormon... Buddhist... Atheists... What do people in these and other religions believe? There many different religions in our community and all bestow something useful to our collective tapestry. Sometimes, though, our collective tapestry is threatened to be ripped asunder by differences in our religious beliefs. At this session, attendees will learn about some of our community's different religious beliefs, understand how different religions are similar and dissimilar, how it is critical to respect each other's religious beliefs and how to ensure that all religious beliefs have their sacred space within our community. We must develop a common language around diversity and how to use this common language to build a more inclusive society.

Faribault: Wednesday, November 7, 8-10 a.m. in the Teleconference Room
N. Mankato: Friday, November 9, 8-10 a.m. in Heritage Hall
Registration required for free breakfast – Contact Barb Feit at 507/389-7262 by Oct. 30th

Session 3: Race

There is one difference, and its consequences, that seems to rise to the top whenever diversity is discussed... RACE. It is one of those constant and persistent ailments that we, as individuals, and we, as a community, have not quite figured out how to address adequately. There are very few times in our day when race and its legacy is not staring us in the face. At this session, attendees engage in candid conversation about the social construct of race, the real benefits and disadvantages that accompany it, the legacy it has provided us and how to ensure that those of all races feel welcomed in our community. We must develop a common
language around diversity and how to use this common language to build a more inclusive society.

Faribault: Wednesday, February 6, 8-10 a.m. in the Teleconference Room
N. Mankato: Friday, February 8, 8-10 a.m. in Conference Center C
Registration required for free breakfast – Contact Barb Feit at 507/389-7262 by Jan. 29th

Session 4: Gender

Women and men are different, right?!? Why shouldn't their lives reflect this difference? Gender seems to play a part in our dealings on a daily basis. Gender roles often determine a person's "lot in life" more than that person's intelligence, ambition and ability. This
"predictability" affects us all. At this session, attendees will learn the role gender has played in our society, how these gender roles "dictate" certain aspects of our life, understand how gender impacts us all and how to ensure that all of us, regardless of what gender we are, should feel welcomed in our community. We must develop a common language around gender and how to use this common language to build a more inclusive society.

Faribault: Wednesday, March 6, 8-10 a.m. in the Teleconference Room
N. Mankato: Friday, March 8, 8-10 a.m. Heritage Hall
Registration required – Contact Barb Feit at 507/389-7262 by February 26th

By Wes Taylor, Dean of Technology Wes_Taylor
Now is the time to get all of your technology needs known to the Department of Instructional Technology! Please put in your work orders for items such as:

  • computers
  • software
  • web services
  • data needs
  • classroom technology needs
  • and anything else you can think of!

We will be busy this summer and need your work order to get organized! We have the admin area remodel, the Faribault health simulation lab project, major network upgrades, and computer lab upgrades scheduled. We need to get you in the mix as well!
Coming to us at the 11th hour at fall start up might be tough to get exactly what you need on time. So get in the queue now by submitting a work order!

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John Horton – Presenter at MnSCU IT Conference
Congratulations to John Horton for his successful presentation at the MnSCU IT Conference this April. His presentation was titled “Improving the User Experience through Flexible Network Policy.” He spoke about how to provide a network to deliver applications anywhere, anytime, with reliable uptime and security.

During the presentation there was a discussion on the issues and options for provisioning applications easily and quickly using the LAN and WLAN.