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University of Phoenix and the National Diversity Council present: Essential conversations in diversity, equity and inclusion – A webinar series

Uniting leaders across industries to foster essential conversations on the impact of systemic inequities in criminal justice, healthcare and higher education.

Fostering Essential Conversations

University of Phoenix and the National Diversity Council brought together law enforcement, healthcare and university leaders for a four-day webinar series from October 5-8, 2020, to discuss the systemic inequities that persist today and perspectives on how to work together toward a more diverse, inclusive and equitable society.

Attendees were equipped with a blueprint that they completed while listening to the dialogue and utilize to champion equity conversations in their spheres of influence, helping them to lead change within their organizations and the communities they serve. Click here to download the blueprint.

Keynote conversation: Why we must bravely engage in essential conversations in diversity, equity and inclusion

Our world has been turned upside down by a pandemic that has not only threatened our health and safety, but laid bare the persistent disparities that drive inequities in education, healthcare and law enforcement for people of color, often disproportionately Black Americans. This has led to an important reinvigoration of essential conversations about systemic racism, and vigorous debates about how to eliminate, once and for all, deep-seated behaviors and practices.

The keynote portion of the webinar series featured opening remarks from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. She introduced Peter Cohen, president of University of Phoenix, and Dennis Kennedy, chairman and founder of the National Diversity Council, who discussed our current environment from their vantage point as leaders of organizations in higher education and advocacy, respectively, and ways for other leaders to approach these essential conversations within their own organizations.

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Watch a recording of the Keynote Conversation:  

Access to Webinar Recordings


Below are the key takeaways and full recordings of each session of the webinar series. There are two recordings for each day, one for the morning session and one for the afternoon session.

Day 1: Essential conversation on the history of systemic inequities in America

Monday, Oct. 05, 2020

Diversity, privilege and leadership

Leaders must be able to effectively communicate, teach and support colleagues in understanding the history of systemic inequities. To do this, they must have access to tools and resources as well as a strategy for implementing their use.

Morning session featured speaker:

Eddie Moore, Jr., Ph.D., founder and program director of The White Privilege Foundation

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Watch a recording of Day 1 morning session:

Afternoon session speaker:

Kelly Price Noble, DHA, chair, College of Health Professions, University of Phoenix, addressing cultural competence and stereotypes within our society

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Watch a recording of Day 1 afternoon session:

Day 2: Addressing diversity, equity and inclusion through police reform

Tuesday, Oct. 06, 2020

Addressing diversity, equity and inclusion through police reform

Leaders from law enforcement agencies discussed organizational culture, political realities, successful and unsuccessful policies and programs, and generational challenges faced across the country, as well as community-oriented policing, new technologies and use of force.

Morning Panel: Organizational culture, political realities, police and programs, generational leadership and agency leadership

Thedrick Andres, Chief of Police, Henderson Police Department

Capt. Hector Cintron, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

U.S. Marshal Christopher Hoye, (Retired)
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Watch a recording of the Day 2 morning panel discussion:

Afternoon Panel: Systemic inequities through community-oriented policing, diversity in criminal justice agencies, new technologies in policing and use of force situations in law enforcement.

Lt. Dave Mitchell, San Diego Police Department (Retired)

Sgt. Kyle Ward, Ph.D., Las Vegas Metro Police Department

Leroy Hendrix, U.S. Secret Service, assistant special agent in charge (Retired)

 

Watch a recording of the Day 2 afternoon panel discussion:

Thank you to our Day 2 afternoon moderators Dan Barry and Franzi Walsh.
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Day 3: Overcoming disparities in delivering quality patient care and public health

Wednesday, Oct. 07, 2020

Overcoming disparities in delivering quality patient care and public health

Leaders in the field discussed healthcare disparities, why they matter, key initiatives to help address them and ways to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in the delivery of patient-centered care.

Morning Panel Topic: Disparities in patient-centered care

Joe Avelino, chief executive officer, College Medical Center

DeMarico Davis, executive staff assistant, VA Medical Center

Tomás León, MBA, senior vice president, marketing and strategy, Equality Health

Debra A. Freed, government relations director, New England Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America
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Watch a recording of the Day 3 morning panel discussion:

Afternoon Panel Topic: What is public health?

Nathan Aish, MSW MPH PPS CATC, University of Phoenix faculty member, College of Health Professions

Jack Land, University of Phoenix faculty member, College of Health Professions

Mosunmola (Lizzy) Adeyemi, Ph.D., RN, CIC, clinical quality improvement specialist
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Watch a recording of Day 3 afternoon panel session:

Thank you to our Day 3 moderators Kelly Price Noble and Cindy Mackay-Neorr.
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Day 4: The role higher education can play in developing inclusive student bodies

Thursday, Oct. 08, 2020

The role higher education can play in developing inclusive student bodies

Higher education has the opportunity to influence future generations by integrating diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of  curriculum as well as campus activities and services.

Morning Panel Topic:  Current practices related to student support, community outreach and pandemic response

Amanda Kraus, Ph.D., AVP, campus life &amp executive director &amp ADA/504 compliance officer, disability resources and housing &amp residential life, The University of Arizona

Sanghoon Yoo, founder, Arizona Trauma Informed Faith Community Network

Felicia Ganther, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, Maricopa Community Colleges
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Watch a recording of the Day 4 morning panel discussion:

Afternoon Panel Topic: Where have we been and where do we need to go?

Kimberly Underwood, Ph.D., research chair, University of Phoenix Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research

Chris Dowdy, Ph.D., VP, Academic Affairs, Paul Quinn College

Saray Lopez, director, Student Diversity, Equity &amp Inclusion, UOPX

Monica Villalobos, president &amp CEO of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
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Watch a recording of the Day 4 afternoon panel discussion:

Thank you to our Day 4 moderator Dr. Shawn Boone.
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