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Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity to host October 15 virtual diversity workshop

ISSUED: 7 October 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity is hosting a virtual workshop titled “Multiple Sides of the Human Story” via Zoom on Thursday, October 15, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public. Three continuing education credits are available for $177 through the continuing education office.

The workshop will offer students, teachers, teacher candidates, and educators several strategies to enhance their learning environments as inclusivity leaders which will allow learners to feel valued and in turn can increase productivity and relationship building.

J.C. Faulk, diversity and inclusion consultant and founder of Circle of Voices, LLC, will give the keynote address, “Confessions of a Recovering Diversity and Inclusion Consultant.” Faulk is an entrepreneur and executive experienced in improving team and organizational effectiveness in government, corporate, and nonprofit entities. The work of Circles of Voices has been spotlighted in two international documentaries.

Topics covered will include Inclusion and Sense of Belonging presented by Dr. Richie A. Stevens, dean, Shepherd graduate studies; Implicit Bias and Respecting Difference by Chris Bryant, CCB Consulting, higher education professional, sexuality educator, and consultant; Not Reducing to the “Other” (A Gender Perspective) by Brian George Hose, Hagerstown Hopes; Rural Arts and Social Justice with Rebecca Kiger, independent photographer and educator; and Inclusion and Religious Freedom (Diverse Ideologies) with Dr. Joel Rainey, senior pastor, Covenant Community Church. Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic, vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusivity, will serve as moderator.

For more information or to sign up to attend, contact Howard-Bostic at

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