OIDI Provides Professional Development in Cultural Competency
The OIDI retained the services of Billy Vaughn, PhD, Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) and Managing Partner of Diversity Training University International (DTUI) to conduct a two-day training seminar on Cultural Competency and Diversity Information Facilitation. Fifteen CCAC employees and one work study student, who have proven to be diversity champions at their respective campuses, were chosen to participate in this unique professional development opportunity. These individuals are now certified to conduct educational workshops throughout the college on topics related to diversity. With the support of these individuals, the OIDI will be able to develop and offer a more comprehensive inventory of diversity and inclusion presentations and events.
Diversity Event—Cultural Competency with a Twist
In honor of National Diversity Awareness Month, the OIDI had the opportunity to host UPMC’s Center for Inclusion’s annual professional development event at CCAC–Allegheny Campus. The goal of the event was to provide cultural competency training in a unique way, through interactive theater. The performance was facilitated by Future Work Institute, a global diversity consulting firm based in New York City, using professional actors and actresses. Highmark and BNY Mellon also served as key, contributing community partners for the event. The performance was attended by over 100 individuals from the CCAC community and from the partnering organizations.
Pittsburgh Folk Festival—Unity in Diversity
The OIDI was pleased to serve as a partner for the 54th Annual Pittsburgh Folk Festival. The festival has long been recognized as the foremost local event that celebrates and showcases the diverse and rich ethnic cultures of our region. The Folk Festival took place on May 13–15 at the Monroeville Convention Center.
Women’s History Month Essay Contest—Notable Females in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
In honor of Women’s History Month, OIDI supported a college wide essay writing contest sponsored by the CCAC Women’s Council. Students had an opportunity to write about historical or current women who have made significant societal contributions through their work in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One winning essay was selected from each campus and a $100 book scholarship was awarded to each winner.