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"Appreciating Difference" is theme of staff conference

Special program for non-exempt employees now in its third year

For the third consecutive year, Dartmouth will offer a special day-long conference open to all non-exempt staff and union and service employees. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Thurs., Aug. 4 in Collis Common Ground, the conference will provide opportunities to network, participate in workshops and hear from experts on a range of issues. The theme for this year's event will be "Diversity Awareness and Enrichment: Appreciation of Differences."

The focus will be on workplace dynamics and creating atmospheres of understanding within a diverse community. Susan DeBevoise Wright, Executive Director of the Montgomery Endowment and wife of President James Wright will open the sessions along with Holly Sateia, Dean of Student Life. James Platt, Director of Dartmouth's Employee Assistance Program and Instructor in Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School will deliver the keynote address.

The afternoon's events will feature two workshops, one led by Dartmouth's Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (IDE) and the other by Dr. Leah Wing, a conflict mediation expert and lecturer in legal studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Members of the IDE staff will address how changing workplace demographics affect the environment and the role staff members play in creating a community in which people of all cultures and backgrounds can thrive. Wing will offer insight and advice on how to handle challenging workplace situations.

Invitations to the conference will be sent to all non-exempt employees later this month. Registration is required and information will be included with the invitations. Employees should expect to spend the entire day at the conference, which is being sponsored by the offices of the Provost, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Institutional Diversity and Equity, Human Resources and, within the Dean of the College area, through the Offices of Pluralism and Leadership and Student Life.

By CONNIE BELLAVANCE and DIANA SAMUELS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08