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What’s It Mean to Lean into DEI

What’s It Mean to Lean into DEI

What's it mean to lean into DEI?

This is a series of presentations and podcast-style interviews on topics that address diversity, equity and inclusion issues. This initiative is one of Apis’ approaches that provide employees with educational opportunities and professional development intended to build our DEI leadership capacity and employee engagement.

The Conversation

Based on the work of Dr. Robert Livingston, author of The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations. The Conversation is intended to show people how to turn difficult conversations about race into productive instances of real change. (an excerpt from Dr. Livingston’s book). 

Please take this opportunity to listen to the voices of Black leaders who will share their perspectives on DEI and draw examples from both professional and lived experiences.  

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What’s It Mean to Lean Into DEI_ A Conversation-20220218_140453-Meeting Recording.mp4

Meet Kathleen “Kat” Sammer-Practitioner and Mom

Kathleen, “Kat,” Sammer is a BCBA (Board Certified Behavioral Analyst) and the Director of ABA Services (Applied Behavioral Analysis) at Access Services whose main office is located in Montgomery County, PA. Access provides Behavioral Health, Child and Family Services and IDD/Autism services at other locations in Schuylkill County, Berks County, and the Lehigh Valley. 

Through professional and lived experiences, Kat recognized the importance of the intersections between Autism, Mental Health, Trauma, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in her daily clinical work. Kat goes by Mom to her son, who has taught her more about living with multiple disabilities than any other experiences ever could.  He is her inspiration and a source of endless learning opportunity to do better each day.

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Meet Kat Sammer-Practitioner & Mom-20220429_123039-Meeting Recording.mp4

Foster Care Awareness with Jennifer Mongi

May is National Foster Care Month and it is a time to acknowledge families and professionals who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes with families or kin.

Foster care is the temporary placement of children and youth with families outside of their own homes due to child abuse or neglect. The goal is to provide a safe, stable nurturing environment where cultural and community connection is valued. Jen Mongi is Senior Director of Programs at Safeguard and CHOR. She has over 20 years of experience providing foster care specific services. The presentation is about foster care services at CHOR and Safeguard. 

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National Foster Care Awareness_ CHOR_Safeguard Foster Care presentation-20220531_100309-Meeting Recording.mp4

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2022 Theme: Building Safe Online Spaces Together

April 2022 marks the 21st anniversary of SAAM. Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is about awareness and prevention of sexual assault, harassment and abuse. We welcomed Karen Baker, Chief Executive Officer at Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) as our guest speaker. 

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Lunch and Learn Guest Speaker_ Karen Baker, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)-20220415_120131-Meeting Recording.mp4

Meet Harry Young, Executive Director of the Keystone Business Alliance Central Pa’s LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce

The Keystone Business Alliance (KBA) is committed to expanding the economic interests of LGBT and allied businesses through education, advocacy and partnership with the local business community. KBA is an award-winning LGBT Chamber of Commerce that connects businesses to regional and national opportunities and certification. KBA is an affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). They are helping to position Central Pennsylvania as a welcoming and inclusive place for LGBT and allied persons to live, work and play. 

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REMINDER_ What’s It Mean to Lean Into DEI_ Meet Harry Young from the Keystone Business Alliance-20220624_120018-Meeting Recording.mp4

Intersectionality between Autism, Trauma and Mental Health-A Roundtable Discussion

The Office of DEI partnered with the Rehabilitation Community Providers Association (RCPA) of PA to host a Roundtable discussion. RCPA members/experts provided an exchange of information about effective treatment approaches, best practices and systemic challenges faced by individuals who are diagnosed with ASD and/or mental illness and who have experienced or witnessed trauma related incidents.  

ASD/MH/Trauma experts: 

Maria Waddell-CenClear

MaryBeth Greenhalgh-Community Services Group (CSG)

Carrie Winner-Wesley Family Services 

Aimee Janakovic-Alternative Community Resource Program

Janessa George-Alternative Community Resource Program

Jennifer Keith-Alternative Community Resource Program

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What’s It Mean to Lean Into DEI_ Series_ Intersectionality between Autism, Trauma & Mental Health-20220503_123159-Meeting Recording.mp4

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    Now that June which is designated as Gay Pride Month is over, how can we continue with corporate acceptance and make inclusion apart of our company’s fabric in how we approach the LBGT community within the work force.

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