Date: February 22nd, 2018 - 10am-3pm
Lunch provided by the Kirkwood Cafe.

Facilitator: Sarika Bahkta
Location: Main Campus, Marland Room, Iowa Hall

Course Description: Due to globalization, technology and demographic trends, ensuring a welcoming, safe, open and culturally enriched world class learning environment is essential. It is vital to create an equitable, diverse, inclusive and engaging culture that is embedded campus-wide to globally attract, retain and increase diverse talent (administration, faculty and staff), students, alumni, donors, etc. With an increasingly diverse workforce and student body, attaining intercultural competence is paramount. Intercultural competency involves not only having an awareness of one’s own cultural identity, but also one’s views towards cultural differences, one’s knowledge of other cultures and skills that one utilizes when interacting with cultural differences. Intercultural competence is complex and the development process is a lifelong journey as one can never become fully competent, but it needs to be integrated with your EDI&E strategies to realize empowered results. Additionally, with diverse populations and multi-generations in both the workplace and marketplace, it is essential to be cognizant of one’s unconscious bias (also called implicit or hidden bias) when interacting with internal and external stakeholders (board, leadership, management, colleagues, clients, community members, etc.). This session will provide an introduction to managing one’s unconscious bias.

Bio: Sarika Bhakta is President of Nikeya Diversity Consulting LLC and is a Certified Diversity Professional. Bhakta specializes in delivering Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement business solutions enterprise-wide to drive financial outcomes. She also facilitates community engagement/dialogue to enhance both quality of life and promote workforce attraction/retention initiatives in the region and state. Bhakta is a change agent with 18 years of extensive non-profit experience impacting the lives of thousands in various markets such as Washington, DC, Chicago and throughout Iowa.

As a visionary leader and strategist, Bhakta’s professional career spans serving diverse populations, talent acquisition and management, workplace inclusion, community development/engagement and economic development. At Youth Guidance she advocated for underserved/underrepresented groups and then in her role as the COO of the local American Red Cross chapter in Cedar Rapids, IA she ensured the team was diverse and trained in cultural competency to respond to anyone in need. Disasters do not discriminate who it impacts.


Date: March 8th, 2018 - 10am-3pm
Lunch provided by the Kirkwood Cafe.

Facilitator: Abbie Schneider
Location: Main Campus, Marland Room, Iowa Hall

Course Description: We've all had experiences with organizations that from our perspective are aligned or are not aligned with that organization's stated vision, mission and values. In reality, an organization's vision, mission and values are most successful when they are not only a guide for, but also a reflection of the people within that organization. In this session, we will use storytelling techniques to explore the personal side of Kirkwood Community College's new vision, mission and values. 
As a result of participating in this program, participants will:
  • Explore how their personal motivations and experiences connect to the college's articulated vision, mission and values
  • Draft impact stories that serve as proof points for how Kirkwood's vision, mission and values are alive on campus and in the broader community. 
  • Build connections with colleagues through shared storytelling experiences. 
Bio: For over 10 years Abbie has been using the Clifton StrengthsFinder® assessment to empower individuals, teams and organizations in reaching their full potential. An expert in leadership development and learning design Abbie has worked in higher education, nonprofit, corporate and start-up settings with one goal in mind: to advance organizations by developing individuals. With energy, empathy and candor, Abbie is known for creating spaces where real, meaningful conversations happen – whether it’s one-on-one coaching, team training or a keynote for 500+. In addition to her work in strengths, Abbie holds a Master’s Degree in Education and Human Development and the designation of Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute.