United Way to offer diversity training again

Posted: Sunday, February 15, 2009

JUNEAU - Compass II, the community assessment research conducted by United Way in 2005, indicated that one of Juneau's top five social service needs was diversity training and appreciation for the rich cultural diversity in Southeast Alaska.

Through a generous grant from the city of Juneau's Social Service Advisory Board, the United Way of Southeast Alaska is bringing Munirah Mawusi to Juneau to present "Diverse Origins, Common Destinies" for the second time.

This informative and engaging learning experience is designed to assist individuals and organizations to build capacity to strengthen their culture of inclusion.

Mawusi will hold two workshops from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

The Tuesday workshop will focus on customer service and people who deal face-to-face with individuals from a broad spectrum of society. Thursday's workshop will be helpful to policy makers and the general public.

The day-long class is only $25 to cover the cost of lunch. The balance of the cost is covered by a grant to United Way of Southeast Alaska. Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL), in a joint project with the Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska, is offering scholarships for up to 20 people to attend. Class size is limited to 35 participants per day.

Mawusi will also teach a day-long workshop on Wednesday to the participants of the Leadership Juneau program.

Attendees should work directly with delivering services to consumers, interact with diverse individuals in their business or social life, or hold a leadership position in the community.

For more information contact United Way of Southeast Alaska president and CEO Brenda Hewitt at 463-5530 or e-mail staff@unitedwayseak.org.

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