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The Professional Development Committee coordinates professional development workshops throughout the year. Our topics are based on trends in the industry, and more importantly, input taken from participant evaluations: we do listen to you! Members may use up to two membership vouchers per year to bring a non-member colleague free of charge to qualifying workshops.


January 25, 2018
Embracing Diversity in Volunteerism
Time: 2:30pm-4:30pm
Location: West Side YMCA/Grosvenor House YMCA 5 West 63rd Street New York, NY 10023

About The Workshop:
We work and serve communities in one of the most diverse cities in America. As volunteer managers, we have to respect diversity and practice inclusion for the sake of our volunteers and our clients -- and we also have to be sure the volunteers we manage do the same.

How important is it for your volunteers reflect the communities and constituents you serve? Are there steps you could be taking to be more inclusive in your volunteer program? Do your volunteers value diversity and inclusion? These are some of the questions we will discuss in this session.

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

·         Explain why diversity and inclusion are not “nice-to-haves,” but mission imperatives

·         Model inclusion and cultural competence at your organization

·         Identify and minimize unconscious bias

·         Help your volunteers to better serve diverse constituents

About The Presenter:
Clare Bruff is Senior Manager for Executive Operations at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Clare has more than a decade of experience working and training in diversity and inclusion. Currently, she is the lead staff person for diversity and inclusion strategy at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Culture/Climate Action Network Group of the 50K Coalition, a collective impact network working toward increasing diversity among graduates from engineering programs. In her previous role, at the American Lung Association, she was responsible for diversity outreach and training. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from Rutgers University and a Master’s of Public Administration from Baruch College of the City University of New York.

Past Workshops
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