June 14, 2018 9:00AM Conference

Common Threads Conference

Luther College, 3737 Wascana Parkway

On June 14, 2018, the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) at Luther College at University of Regina is hosting a conference for the nonprofit and voluntary sector in Saskatchewan on a salient topic and question, Diversity and Inclusion ~ How can people, organizations, and community benefit from the value of diversity and inclusion? Below is an overview of the conference and program agenda. We hope you will join us! Overview: Perrin Beatty, the President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, recently reported that the Chamber had developed diversity and inclusion policies for its board and organization to ensure that "people from all economic sectors, regions, and backgrounds can take part in, and benefit from, a healthy innovative economy" (see http://www.chamber.ca/media/news-releases/180514-ccc-walks-the-talk-on-diversity-and-inclusion/). In the nonprofit sector, studies have shown that when diverse staff, volunteers and boards are able to share their talents and perspectives, they can advance the mission of their organizations in transformative ways. But this is easier said than done. This one day conference for the nonprofit and voluntary sector will explore diversity and inclusion from a variety of perspectives. Some of the key questions we will explore are, what is diversity and transformational inclusion? How is diversity and inclusion defined by different people, groups, and organizations in our community? What is the goal of diversity and what is the value that each individual and organization is trying to achieve through diversity and inclusion practices? Agenda: •Welcome and Introduction to the Conference and Keynote-President Bryan Hillis, Dean Greifenhagen, Professor Harrison, VSSN Director •Morning Keynote: Patricia Bradshaw, Dean Sobey School of Business, St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Spotlight on the Concepts, Trends and Nonprofit Diversity and Inclusion Research •Nonprofit Leader Panel: Jacq Brasseur, UR Pride , Langan Goforth, Office of Indigenization, URegina, Kathy Nicholas, Inclusion Regina, Rhonda Rosenberg, Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS), •Facilitated Roundtable Discussions—Exploring diversity and inclusion concepts and frameworks •Lunch •Afternoon Keynote: Ann Perry, Executive Director, Circle Project, Spotlight on Cultural Competency and Organizational Practices •Facilitated Roundtable Discussions—Reflecting on the personal and organizational level side of diversity and inclusion policy and practices Logistics: •Location: Luther College at the U of R, Room 100 •Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 •Time: 8:30 am — 3:30 pm •Online Registration: General admission $35; Students $15.00; Choose fee waiver ticket if participation is a barrier. •Parking: complimentary •Food: By Luther College Chef, Moe Mathieu. •Open Access: To engage community members in the northern and rural areas of the province through the interactive web-conferencing application, Shindig. All participants are required to register for the forum through the link below. Registration and refreshments at 8:30 am.

Accessible: Yes

Cost: 35.00 with fee waiver for financial barriers

Contact: Prof. Yvonne Harrison

Organization: Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN)

Phone: 306-585-5216

E-mail: Yvonne.Harrison@uregina.ca

Website: https://www.luthercollege.edu/university/academics/luther-programs/voluntary-sector-studies-network/vssn-annual-conference