Tags Posts tagged with "DEI"


Multi-ethnic multi-generation group of people from young children to 95 years old.

A Joint Initiative of the FISA Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, and The Pittsburgh:

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2023
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
No cost, but registration is necessary.

This session addresses the relationship between race and disability and establishes a common language around intersectionality. You will walk away with insights into cultivating programs, practices, and an organizational culture that is grounded in racial justice, disability justice, and inclusion.

This webinar focuses on inclusive practices around disability and racial justice, led by Keri Gray, CEO of the Keri Gray Consulting Group.

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Weaving the Concepts of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion into the Fabric of Pediatric Rehabilitation: One Organization’s DEI Journey
Tuesday, August 1, 2023
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT;
10:00 am – 11:00 am MDT; 9:00 am – 10:00 am PDT

Penny Adams, MS-OTR/L

Speaker Bio:
Penny Adams is an Occupational Therapist and Inpatient Pediatric Therapy Team Lead on the Inpatient Pediatric Unit at the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Grand Valley State University in 2004 and has worked at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital for the past 17 years, treating children of all ages in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Penny drives her unit’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion efforts and skillfully engages her colleagues, patients, and their families in impactful learning activities.

Objectives: At the end of this session, the learner will:

  • Summarize the importance of incorporating DEI activities into the pediatric rehabilitation environment;
  • Discuss strategies to improve staff and patient engagement in formal DEI planned activities;
  • Describe three practical ways to improve equity and inclusivity within a pediatric rehab environment; and
  • Review one multi-disciplinary rehab unit’s approach to year-long DEI programming.

Audience: This webinar is intended for all members of the rehabilitation team, including medical staff, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, licensed psychologists, mental health professionals, and other interested professionals.

Level: Intermediate

Certificate of Attendance: Certificates of attendance are available for all attendees. No CEs are provided for this course.

Registration: Registration is complimentary for members of IPRC/RCPA. Registration fee for non-members is $179. Not a member yet? Consider joining today. Multiple registrations per organization are permitted.

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Next Monday is Juneteenth, a federally recognized holiday commemorating the emancipation of people who were enslaved in the United States. If you haven’t yet planned a way to celebrate, there’s still time!

The best Juneteenth celebration ideas for the office are activities that allow participants to learn about the history behind the holiday. For example, hosting a lunch-and-learn session, inviting a guest speaker, and watching documentaries are great ways to educate employees on the importance of Juneteenth. Planning special Juneteenth ideas at work shows employees that you care about the meaning behind the holiday. In addition, celebrating in the office is a great way to boost employee engagement while strengthening diversity and inclusion at your company.

In her article 15 Great Juneteenth Ideas for Work, Tasia Duske outlines practical ideas to help you plan and implement Juneteenth activities for a meaningful celebration. Some ideas to consider:

  • Did you know” social media campaign
  • Office art display
  • Wall of quotes
  • Black-owned business gift box
  • Trivia game
  • Donation drive
  • Paid time off
  • Lunch-and-learn
  • Movie night
  • Lunch outing
  • Book club
  • Guest speaker engagement
  • Potluck barbeque
  • Reflection circle
  • Workplace décor

RCPA would love to hear from you! Let us know how your organization plans to celebrate Juneteenth and send us photos to share! You can send your items to Cindi Hobbes.

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Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures presents Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of “How to be an Antiracist” and “How to Raise an Antiracist,” at 6:00 pm on Thursday, March 9, 2023, at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Oakland.

Dr. Kendi is appearing with the release of his new children’s book, “The Making of Butterflies,” a retelling of work by Zora Neale Hurston from her folktale anthology “Mules and Men.” His conversation with Dr. Valerie Kinloch, Dean of University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, will focus on the importance of these works of literature within the framework of his antiracism work. In-person and virtual tickets are available. For more information, visit their website.

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Digging Deeper: School Policing in Allegheny County
Slots still available for free webinar
April 7, 2022, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm EST

Schools should be safe places for learning, but the increased presence of police in schools has made schools less safe for some students, particularly students of color and students with disabilities. As school administrators, school boards, parents, and advocates seek to better understand the role police are playing in their schools, it is important to both listen to students and to critically examine data. But can the community count on data about school policing in schools? A recently-released report by ACLU of PA, Student Arrests in Allegheny County Schools: The Need for Transparency and Accountability, has found serious discrepancies and inconsistencies in how schools report student arrests and citations. While flawed, some patterns clearly emerge, including that race and disability-based disparities in policing are greater in Pennsylvania than the national averages, and that Pittsburgh has higher rates than other parts of the state. The co-authors of the report will present their findings, and we’ll discuss the implications.

Race + Disability Check-in: Representation in Media and Society
April 19, 2022, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm EST

1 in 4 people in the US has a disability, yet disability is not widely portrayed in mainstream culture. Movements like #DisabilityTooWhite have shone a light on the limited scope of disability representation in media and society. In this interactive lunchtime conversation, we will unpack mainstream depictions of disability with an eye to how they engage with white supremacist culture as well as how they harm people people of color and people with disabilities.

You can always find the full list of upcoming programs here and recordings from past programs here.

Foothold Technology is hosting a series of webinars and podcasts related to staffing, social determinants of health, and DEI. Descriptions, times/dates, and registration details are below.

Webinar/Panel — Caring Companies: Shifting the Focus to Staff Retention and Well-Being
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
1:00 pm EST

In the disability field, when we talk about the care economy and specifically the workforce crisis, a lot of attention has been focused on recruitment, so we wanted to shift the focus to retention, staff well-being, and the unpaid workforce. Come join Elliot Massuda, the Strategic Partnerships Manager at Foothold Technology, as he engages in a live conversation with industry experts about the Care Economy. Visit here for more information and to register.

Webinar/Panel — Identifying Impact: How to Find Common Language Around SDoH
Thursday, March 31, 2022
1:00 pm EST

Social Determinants of Health have always been mission critical to our community. Now, it’s getting the much needed attention that it deserves. Although there’s a lot of buzz around SDoH, there are still many obstacles providers face when trying to get paid for SDoH services and demonstrating the impact of these services.

Come listen to a panel of industry experts talk about the landscape of SDoH, some initiatives to improve funding of these services, and where they see these efforts going. Visit here for more information and to register.

Sharing In Our Caring — Episode 4 | An Ongoing Journey in Committing to Do Better 

We just launched our next episode on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are so relevant in our world right now that we would be remiss not to discuss it. In this episode of “Sharing in Our Caring” (a platform for human services professionals, policy-makers, and thought leaders to shed light on the topics and trends impacting their industry), hosts Elliot Massuda and Natalie Wright-Umoh discuss the importance of DEI and how that work has become more prominent. They are joined by Cindy Joseph, the Founder and CEO of The Cee Suite, who shares her experience as a talent management consultant, with a specialized focus in DEI. Tune in to hear the insights Cindy shares with organizations that are making a commitment to this work. Visit here to listen. “Sharing In Our Caring” is available on most podcast platforms.