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KARE 11’s Kim Insley to speak at Dunwoody Diversity Forum

News Anchor Kim Insley will be speaking at Dunwoody’s March Diversity Forum in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Kim_InsleyDunwoody College of Technology is excited to announce that KARE 11 News Anchor, Reporter, and Content Provider Kim Insley will be the speaker during the next Diversity Forum from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in the College’s McNamara Center. The Forum will focus on Women’s History Month.

Insley has been anchoring KARE 11 Sunrise since April 1993. In addition to bringing viewers the first news of the day Monday through Friday, Insley produces and reports for the Emmy-award winning “What’s Cool in Our School” segment every Thursday during the school year. She is the 2009 recipient of the Upper Midwest Chapter Regional Emmy award for best On-Camera Talent, news anchor.

All are welcome to attend the Forum and light refreshments will be served.

To RSVP, contact Dr. Leo Parvis at lparvis@dunwoody.edu. Parvis is a Principal Instructor in the Arts & Sciences department and the College’s Diversity Programs & Education Coordinator.

Dunwoody kicks off annual Diversity Forum series with Festival of Cultures

Festival of Cultures, 2016Last week, the College kicked off its annual Diversity Forum series with a Festival of Cultures featuring musical performances from La Familia Music group and FireFlyForest.

The Festival of Cultures is an annual event that celebrates the cultures and traditions of students and staff. Students can represent their culture at a table in the College’s McNamara Center by showcasing traditional foods, art, clothing, traditions, etc.

Diversity at Dunwoody

La Familia Music Group plays a set during the 2016 Festival of Cultures.

The Festival is the first event in this year’s Diversity Forum series. Each month, Dunwoody holds a Diversity Forum centered on a new cultural topic. All Forums are free and open to students, staff, and community members.

Don’t miss upcoming events in this series! Check out the Forum calendar below:

  • October 20: Diversity Awareness Month & LGBT Forum, 12:30 p.m., Holden Center
  • November 14: Native American Heritage Month, 12:30 p.m., Holden Center
  • December 15: Racial Justice & Human Rights, 12:30 p.m., Holden Center
  • January 12: King’s Birthday Celebration, 12:30 p.m., Holden Center
  • February 14: Black History Month Celebration, 12:30 p.m., Holden Center
  • March 23: Women’s History Month, 12:30 p.m., Holden Center
  • April 20: Holocaust Commemoration, 12:30 p.m., Holden Center
  • May 4: Asian American Heritage Month, 12:30 p.m., McNamara Center

Interested in one of these topics? RSVP to Dr. Leo Parvis at lparvis@dunwoody.edu. Dr. Parvis is a Principal Instructor and Diversity Programs & Education Coordinator at Dunwoody College of Technology.

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson speaks at Dunwoody’s Diversity Forum

Attorney General Lori Swanson speaks at Dunwoody's Diversity Forum in celebration of Women's History Month.

Attorney General Lori Swanson speaks at Dunwoody’s Diversity Forum in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Around 120 Dunwoody students, faculty and staff attended the latest Diversity Forum on March 15, joining Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson to celebrate Women’s History Month. Attorney General Swanson talked about what the Attorney General Office does and later took questions from the audience.

From left to right: Principal Instructor Karen Schmitt, Principal Instructor Leo Parvis, Attorney General Lori Swanson, Provost Jeff Ylinen, and Principal Instructor Jenny Saplis.

From left to right: Principal Instructor Karen Schmitt, Principal Instructor Leo Parvis, Attorney General Lori Swanson, Provost Jeff Ylinen, and Principal Instructor Jenny Saplis.

Swanson was elected to office in 2006 as Minnesota’s first female Attorney General and reelected in 2010 and 2014. During her time in office, Attorney General Swanson has been an advocate for Minnesota citizens in areas like consumer protection, predatory lending, health care, utility rate hikes, telecommunications, public safety and protecting senior citizens from financial fraud.

In addition to this month’s Forum, Dunwoody is recognizing Women’s History Month by hosting several women-focused events and celebrating STEAM women – women who work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

The next Diversity Forum

Don’t miss the next Diversity Forum entitled Holocaust Commemoration featuring artist, writer, and genealogist Susan Weinberg and holocaust survivor Dora Zaidenweber at 12:30 p.m., on April 19, in the Holden Center. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Dr. Leo Parvis at lparvis@dunwoody.edu. Dr. Parvis is a Principal Instructor and Diversity Programs & Education Coordinator at Dunwoody College of Technology.

Diversity Forums: a Dunwoody tradition

Since 2002, Dunwoody has hosted a monthly Diversity Forum inviting students, faculty and community members to discuss new topics surrounding diversity.

Kimberly Brown sings with her group of singers, Kimberly's Krew, at the February Diversity Forum celebrating Black History Month.

Kimberly Brown sings with her group of singers, Kimberly’s Krew, at the February Diversity Forum celebrating Black History Month.

Throughout the years, Dunwoody has hosted more than 160 speakers including Minnesota Council on Foundations President Trista Harris, Former Minneapolis Mayor and Executive Director of Generation Next R.T. Rybak, and Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief of Staff Medaria Arradondo.

Most recently, Dunwoody featured Grammy Award Winner Kimberly Brown and KSTP TV 5 Broadcast Journalist Cleo Greene at the February Diversity Forum last Wednesday celebrating Black History Month. More than 100 students and faculty filled the College’s McNamara Center to listen to Brown sing along with her group, Kimberly’s Krew. Afterward, Greene spoke about her experience growing up and fulfilling her dreams of becoming a broadcast journalist. As Greene shared her background story, she urged students to think about what they are posting to social media and how it reflects their personal brand – and how they are being perceived. “We are the owner of who we are as a brand,” Greene said.

KSTP TV 5 Broadcast Journalist Cleo Greene speaks at February's Diversity Forum celebrating Black History Month.

KSTP TV 5 Broadcast Journalist Cleo Greene speaks at February’s Diversity Forum celebrating Black History Month.

Don’t miss the next Diversity Forum where Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson will speak about Women’s History Month and her experience being elected as the first female attorney general in Minnesota. The Forum will take place at 12:30 p.m., on March 15, in the College’s McNamara Center. All are welcome, and refreshments are provided.

For more information on Dunwoody’s Diversity Forums — or to RSVP to the next event — contact Dr. Leo Parvis at lparvis@dunwoody.edu. Dr. Parvis is the Diversity Programs & Education Coordinator at Dunwoody College of Technology.

“40 Under 40” recipient Trista Harris to speak at Dunwoody College’s 75th Diversity Forum

Trista Harris, President of Minnesota Council on Foundations

Trista Harris, President of Minnesota Council on Foundations

Join us for our 75th Diversity Forum at 12 p.m. on Jan. 14, 2016, in the Holden Center at Dunwoody College of Technology in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This Forum will feature philanthropic futurist Trista Harris.

Harris, president of the Minnesota Council on Foundations, was recently named to the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s list of “40 under 40.”

A passionate advocate for new leaders in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, Harris’s work has been covered by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, CNN, The New York Times and numerous social sector blogs.

Harris is also the co-author of the book How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar and speaks internationally about using the tools of futurism in the social sector.

For questions or to RSVP, contact Dr. Leo Parvis via email at lparvis@dunwoody.edu. Dr. Parvis is a Principal Instructor and the Diversity Programs and Education Coordinator at Dunwoody College of Technology.

Dr. Whitney Harris Speaks at 72nd Diversity Forum: Multicultural Student Day

Dr. Whitney Harris Speaks at Diversity ForumAround 30 Dunwoody students, local high school students, and employees attended the 72nd Diversity Forum on Sept. 16, joining Executive Director of Diversity at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Dr. Whitney Harris to celebrate Multicultural Student Day. His talk focused on the importance of being rooted in one’s self and striving toward open-mindedness.

“One thing that most Americans don’t know … is that from the very day this country was founded, we were already the most diverse country in the world, “ Dr. Harris said, “I think there’s a connection between that and some of the things we’ve been able to accomplish as a people.”

To continue moving forward and growing as a people, Dr. Harris encouraged students to sharpen these four diversity skills:

  • Be comfortable with who you are
  • Be comfortable with differences
  • Be comfortable with the ever-changing environment
  • Take Risks

“Diversity is just the guts of this country,” he said, “there is no group here that can claim to have built this country. We all did.”

Diversity Forums, which are held once a month throughout the academic year, help the campus community explore different cultures and various perspectives.

Dr. Whitney Harris poses with President Rich Wagner and Dr. Leo Parvis

From left to right: President Rich Wagner, Dr. Whitney Harris, and Dr. Leo Parvis

October Diversity Forum
The next Diversity Forum will be a Festival of Cultures held at 11:30 a.m. in the McNamara Center on Thursday, Oct. 8.

R.T. Rybak speaks at MLK Day Diversity Forum

Rybak’s speech focused on the importance of fixing the achievement gap in schools and he encouraged attendees to take action to engage with and understand someone who is different than them.

Rybak’s speech focused on the importance of fixing the achievement gap in schools and he encouraged attendees to take action to engage with and understand someone who is different than them.

Around 100 students and staff filled the Holden Center on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, Jan. 15, to hear former Minneapolis Mayor and Executive Director of Generation Next R.T. Rybak talk about King’s vision and the importance of equality.

Rybak was the 150th person to speak about diversity and inclusion at one of the College’s monthly Cultural Diversity Forums. The Forums expose students and staff to different cultures and various perspectives.

Rybak’s speech focused on the importance of fixing the achievement gap in schools and he encouraged attendees to take action to engage with and understand someone who is different than them.

“One of the most important things you can learn at Dunwoody is to sit down in the lunch room and talk to someone who is different from you. Sounds trivial, doesn’t it? But the fact of the matter is that’s not happening everywhere,” he said.

Rybak said the issues of race and opportunity are subtler today than they were in the past–stressing that those who succeed will cross boundaries.

“We each need to find somebody different than us and try to understand who they are. That’s not an obvious thing. That’s not something that will get a day named after you someday, but it is absolutely about the daily work of living a dream.”

February Forum
The College’s February Forum celebrates Black History Month. Civil rights leader Dr. Josie Johnson is the keynote speaker and Grammy Award winning-singer Kimberly Brown will perform. The Forum is Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.