University of Phoenix recently hosted a diversity and inclusion webinar on Thursday, July 15 at 9 am Pacific (12 pm Eastern). The event, titled “Rethinking and Harnessing the Power of Organizational Diversification in the New Normal,” will go live as part of the DE&I: A Driving Force for Business webinar series. University Research Chair for the Center for Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Dr. Kimberly Underwood will moderate the webinar. The event will also include opening remarks from Andrea Smiley, vice president of University of Phoenix.
The Trickle-Down Impact of Diversity and Inclusion Values
The July 15 webinar will highlight a panel of experts who have witnessed firsthand the effect of human resources policies on how professionals are socialized at their place of employment. Panel members include Zenovia Harris, chief executive officer at Kent Chamber of Commerce in Kent, Washington; Tamar Jackson, director of community engagement at WorkForce Central and founder of the Pierce County Community Engagement Taskforce; and Dr. Bob Danielle, marketing director for Washington and Pacific Northwest and University of Phoenix.
Over the past year, discussions surrounding whether diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives achieve their intended purpose have become more pervasive than ever before. University of Phoenix is proud to continue the conversation. The webinar plans will open discussion regarding the formative role leadership and culture play in how organizations encourage diversification, inclusion and belonging among their staff.
University of Phoenix is hopeful that this event, and the entire webinar series, will encourage its students, alumni and faculty to think deeply about making diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives as sincere and effective as possible. Organized by panelist Dr. Bob Danielle, the webinar will dive into the impact of organizational culture and leadership accountability. Said Dr. Danielle, “Making a difference should be more than policies, programs, or headcounts. Very good to great organizations can outperform their competitors by respecting the unique needs, perspectives and potential of all their team members.”
How DE&I Discourse Creates a Domino Effect
DE&I requires an all-hands-on-deck approach to vigilance in order to make a significant impact. For this reason, attendees will be encouraged to bring what they learn during the webinar to their professional and personal communities with the hope of creating a domino effect.
We all have individual networks that go far beyond our immediate professional circle to include people we have kept in touch with from previous work experience. Some of us may even be active members of professional organizations and alumni groups, where we can meet more like-minded individuals through a shared common interest. It is through these connections that commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion are sealed. The webinar, delivered through the perspective of leaders who honor these very same values in their everyday work, wil bring together members of the University’s diverse community to discuss what leaders must do to keep their initiatives successful.
The University’s mission to break down the barriers to earning a higher education within the adult population demonstrates its unique commitment and preparedness to accommodate non-traditional learners. By already putting its values into practice, the University leads by example for its student body and beyond. As the University’s own diverse population attends the webinar, participants can then return to their communities to put what they learn into practice, inciting a domino effect for greater good.
About University of Phoenix
With a demonstrated commitment to breaking down the barriers to earning a post-secondary education, University of Phoenix became one of the first to offer degree programs exclusively online. As a result, non-traditional students and working adults are able to learn at the University when and where they want on their chosen terms.
Prospective University of Phoenix students can start their degree year-round as opposed to the traditional once-a-term model. The University offers over 100 online programs aligned to over 300 professional occupations in areas such business, technology, nursing, healthcare and education.