DEI 101

THIS IS DEI 101

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

The South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership created the DEI 101 Inclusive Excellence Series to support and encourage regional businesses as they work towards creating more inclusive environments. We want to meet companies where you are - this is DEI 101.

Launching on Wednesday, August 19th, this virtual four session webinar series is targeted towards for-profit companies in the South Bend – Elkhart region that want to start a DEI program or elevate their current one. Budgets, industries, and outcomes are all variable. We encourage companies with at least 25 employees to attend. This is a great fit for executives looking to bring a DEI program into their company or HR professionals charged with moving forward a DEI initiative. More Info | Register

ABOUT THE SESSIONS

FOUR SESSIONS, 90 MINUTES EACH, $50 FOR THE SERIES OR $15 PER SESSION

SESSION ONE | AUGUST 19 | 8:00 AM

HOW TO START A DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION PROGRAM

During session one, we will focus on the groundwork that is needed prior to launching such an initiative including understanding why you're doing this as a company, leadership conversations, gathering owned data (ie salaries, demographics, procurement spends, etc.), mapping out a plan with this information, and measuring success. More Info | Register

FEATURED SPEAKERS

  • Evan Dutmer, Ph.D. (he/him/his)
    Instructor in Latin, Ancient Mediterranean Cultures, and Ethics World Languages and Cultures | Leadership Education | Culver Academies | View Bio
  • Jessica Harding, (she/her/hers)
    Inaugural Director of Diversity and Intercultural Life | Culver Academies | View Bio

SESSION TWO | SEPTEMBER 2 | 8:00 AM

FROM THE TOP DOWN TO THE BOTTOM UP - PUTTING YOUR DEI PLAN INTO ACTION

Session two will cover the tactics needed to support your plan including forming internal committees, auditing materials, conducting a company culture pulse check, sponsorship programs, and identifying the resources your company has in order to implement - both financial and human capital. More Info | Register

FEATURED SPEAKER

  • Redgina Hill, PhD (she/her/hers)
    CEO & Founder | Redgina Hill Consulting, LLC
    Executive Director of Inclusion and Equity | Saint Mary's College | View Bio

SESSION THREE | SEPTEMBER 16 | 8:00 AM

TALKING TALENT - RECRUITING, RETAINING, AND BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIVERSE TALENT

During session three we will be talking talent and taking a deep dive into case studies on recruiting, retaining, and supporting diverse talent. Digging into the nuances that exists in promotional pathways (golf course conversations, drinks, etc.) that are not often exposed to underrepresented individuals. More Info | Register

FEATURED SPEAKER

  • Jessica Koscher, (she/her/hers)
    CEO | Write Connections | strategy + design | View Bio

SESSION FOUR | SEPTEMBER 30 | 8:00 AM

WHAT'S YOUR ROLE? INDIVIDUAL AND REGIONAL ALLIES FOR INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE

In this final session, we will tie everything together to talk through how you, as an individual, can promote and support your colleagues. We will also discuss how we create a welcoming community, and how your company can highlight your commitment to inclusive excellence. More Info | Register

FEATURED SPEAKER

  • Redgina Hill, PhD (she/her/hers)
    CEO & Founder | Redgina Hill Consulting, LLC
    Executive Director of Inclusion and Equity | Saint Mary's College | View Bio

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The South Bend - Elkhart region is striving towards inclusive excellence, and we need your help!

FEATURED SPEAKERS

SESSION ONE | AUGUST 19

EVAN DUTMER, PH.D.

Evan Dutmer, Ph.D., (he/him/his) is Instructor in Latin, Ancient Mediterranean Cultures, and Ethics at the Culver Academies in Culver, IN. He is the recipient of the 2020 Indiana Classical Conference Teacher of the Year Award (Rising Star). He has maintained strong professional and personal interest and activity in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts since his time as a PhD candidate at Northwestern University, when he volunteered and worked in educational access at Evanston Scholars, Schuler Scholars, The Odyssey Project Chicago (Illinois Humanities Council), and Posse Scholars. At the Culver Academies, he is an active member of the Cultural Competencies and Equity Committee. He is a GLSEN LGBTQ+ Level 1 certified Ally. He is one of the lead co-organizers of Black Lives Matter in Culver: Focus on Education along with Jessica Harding and Angela Osterman Meyer, Ph.D. He also works as a volunteer Latin translator and researcher for the Slavery, History, Reconciliation (SHMR) Project of the Jesuits of Canada and the USA, Central and Southern, and will join the Moreau College Initiative, a college prison education program co-administered by Holy Cross College and the University of Notre Dame at Westville Correctional Facility in 2021 as Adjunct Instructor in Political Science.

SESSION ONE | AUGUST 19

JESSICA HARDING

Jessica Harding (she, her, hers) is the Inaugural Director of Diversity and Intercultural Life at Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, where she also co-chairs the Cultural Competency and Equity Committee and taught Chinese for five years. She co-founded Black Lives Matter in Culver: Focus on Education, an organization to bring awareness of systemic racism and anti-blackness to the rural community of Culver, Indiana. Prior to arriving to Marshall County, Indiana, Jessica served as a coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. While in Marietta, Jessica served on the board for various community organizations, including the local United Way chapter and Harvest of Hope.

SESSION TWO | SEPTEMBER 2 | SESSION FOUR | SEPTEMBER 30

REDGINA HILL, PHD

Redgina Hill, PhD (she/her/hers) founder and CEO, currently serves as the executive director of inclusion and equity for Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. In her role, she defines and cultivates diversity, equity, and inclusion as an institutional and educational priority. Dr. Hill received her Bachelor of General Studies in 2006 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She received her MBA with a specialization in Accounting in 2010 from Indiana Wesleyan University. She recently completed her Doctorate in Higher Education from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California where she was the recipient of the 2015 Social Justice Fellowship, 2016 Carolyn Juillerat Memorial Scholarship for Servant Leadership, and Vice President of the Black Doctoral Student Association.

SESSION THREE | SEPTEMBER 16

JESSICA KOSCHER

Jessica Koscher, MPA, CFRE (she/her/hers) has worked in the nonprofit field for 25 years. She has had responsibilities in organizational management and strategy, donor development, marketing, event planning and program design. She was responsible for bringing 2-1-1 to Elkhart County including writing policy and managing national accreditation for the call center. She also managed teams at both United Way of Elkhart County and ADEC, Inc. She was responsible for the major accounts at United Way and supervised all back-room operations. She has lectured and presented at national conferences and served on several committees with United Way Worldwide. She currently presides on the Regional Board for Diversity & Inclusion for the South Bend Elkhart Regional Partnership. She is a certified fundraiser who holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management. She will be responsible for strategic work, graphic design and backroom operations.

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