January 31, 1995
LEADERSHIP TEAM MEETING AND LEADERSHIP DIVERSITY TRAINING
Downtown Athletic Center - 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
Present: Chair Jerry Rust, Commissioner Bobby Green, Commissioner Steve Cornacchia, Commissioner Ellie Dumdi, Commissioner Cindy Weeldreyer, Bill Van Vactor, John Goodson, George Russell, Teresa Wilson, Bill Hoyt, Doug Harcleroad, Chris Todis, Chuck Forester, Steve Carmichael, and Bob McManus
Lane Community College (LCC) Participants Present: Jim Ellison, Julie Aspinwall-Lamberts, Marie Matsen, Jerry Moskis, Linda Fossen and Larry Warford.
Others Present: Facilitator Malati Shinazy, Deborah Holmes, Arlene Marshall, Frank Nearing. Jerry Pierce, Recording Secretary.
Ms. Shinazy began the session at 8:30 with a review of the first day's training, the previously established ground rules and a discussion on moving from theory to practicality. She discussed the homework assignment, which was to spend some time with a person least like yourself. Two people from LCC shared their experiences from the assignment.
Ms. Shinazy asked everyone to think about what they knew about diversity and to list those insights. After that exercise, she directed a discussion.
Following the training session of January 17, participants from the County had submitted a list of "What issues and concerns are we facing in relation to diversity here at the County?" to Ms. Shinazy. She reviewed that list and discussed the concerns raised about the training sessions. There was a discussion on different training styles and the concepts of awareness training.
There was a discussion on tools for addressing diversity concerns and issues: awareness; skills for cross-cultural understanding and communication; and knowledge about culture's influence on personality, style and communication needs.
There was a discussion on organization benefits and values. At the last session a list was compiled of the values that are currently in place in both organizations. Common among those were not being too different, being prudent and not rocking the boat.
Skills for cross-cultural understanding and communication
There was a video entitled Hidden Conversations shown. The participants discussed the video in small groups and then as a whole group.
Knowledge about culture's influence on personality, style and communication needs
There was a discussion regarding different cultures regarding identity (How do we value ourselves and each other as members of society?); decisions (How do we feel, think and make decisions?); communication (How do we communicate with each other?); and time (How do we think of, manage and use time?).
The participants formed small groups and did a role-playing exercise of handling cross-cultural situations in the workplace. Then they discussed the role play.
Ms. Shinazy had the participants do a personal inventory of what they felt they needed to know more about and to examine key elements of their diversity policy for tie-ins to those areas identified. She then asked individuals to do a commitment to action exercise for future planning. She urged participants to become very familiar with their organization's diversity plans, policies and task forces. She also urged participants to continue the work they had begun and to review and update plans and policies often. She recommended that the County's Mission Statement be readdressed as a valuable document.
Following a brief review of what had been covered in the past two training sessions, this session adjourned at 12:00 Noon.
Jerry Pierce, Recording Secretary