Please join us for the 15th Annual Indian Hills Diversity Conference on Friday, March 22, 2019, 9:00AM - 3:30PM on the Indian Hills Community College
Main Campus (Ottumwa).
Diversity is a term that many people only associate with race and gender; however, it goes far beyond that. The concept of diversity itself represents a broad range of characteristics that can include, but are not limited to: age, race, creed, color, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, lifestyle, background, intellect, language, political views, and socio–economic status.
The diverse world that we live in today encompasses a wide range of cultures, ethnicities, values, and beliefs — which makes each and every individual unique. Understanding the definition of diversity allows people to recognize their own individual differences, and thus explore these differences in a positive and enlightening way. By doing this, we can welcome and celebrate these dimensions of diversity that each individual represents.
If you would like to register to attend this year's annual Diversity Conference, please click the register link below. Pre-registration is highly encouraged, as there will be limited seating in the auditorium. We cannot guarantee seating in the auditorium for walk-in registrants.
(Lunch is included with all registrations.)
Note: If you register for the Diversity Conference at a student rate, you must present a current Student I.D. at the check-in table on the day of the event.
Indian Hills Community College, Main Campus (Ottumwa)
Keynote Presentations: St. John Auditorium
Breakout Sessions: Efner Hall, Arts & Sciences Building
Earn IHCC college credit by attending the Diversity Conference!
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Tania Rashid - My Global Identity: Breaking Barriers as a Woman of Color
Tania Rashid is an award-winning journalist who presently works as a special correspondent for PBS Newshour. The focus of her work has been on human rights, and women’s issues. She has contributed to networks like the Channel 4, The National Geographic Channel, Vice, Mic, and CNN International.
Born in Saudi Arabia to a Bangladeshi father and Pathan mother, Tania Rashid moved to Utah at a young age. She remembers watching Christiane Amanpour on TV and being inspired to similarly travel the world to tell stories. Journalism was not an encouraged path in her household since Rashid’s parents wanted her to be a doctor, engineer, pharmacist or lawyer.
But during her undergraduate years at University of California Los Angeles, where she studied global studies and history, she started to see opportunities unfold. Her initial internship at Nightline ABC further ignited her spark for journalism and storytelling. She then went to Columbia University where she received her masters in Broadcast Journalism and documentary. Shortly after graduation she moved to South Asia and lived there for 4 years.
Her breaking story was at at Al Jazeera English where she was the first female journalist on the ground at the collapse of “Rana plaza” the largest industrial disaster in Bangladesh which killed thousands of factory workers. She also followed the life of sex workers, toxic tanneries, and child marriage in the region. Her work has also taken her abroad to South Africa, India, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
JJ Kapur - Be a Turbanator: How to Smash Stereotypes and Build Cross-Cultural Understanding
JJ Kapur is a freshman at Stanford University studying political science. In high school, when JJ was not lugging his 20-pound backpack around the hallways, he was traveling the country with his speech and debate team.
JJ was recently named the Original Oratory National Champion at the National Speech and Debate Tournament, the most prestigious high school speech and debate competition in the nation. JJ’s victory capped off a string of high profile awards, including first-place finishes at the Tournament of Champions, Emory University, and Harvard University tournaments.
His desire to share his community’s story led him to found the Iowa Sikh Turbanators, a youth-led community service group focused on “turban-ating” the negative stigma surrounding Sikhism. At the group’s first event, members worked with other faith groups to pack 44,000 meals at Meals from the Heartland. Kapur has participated in an interfaith panel on hate crimes, contributed to an interfaith digital story project at Drake University, sponsored open-house events at his Sikh temple, and continues to share his story through speech and debate. JJ’s work advocating for Sikh civil liberties has earned him the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award, ACLU Youth Advocacy Award, and West Des Moines Emerging Citizen of 2018.
Check back soon for a full conference schedule. Information will be added when it is available!
The 15th Annual Indian Hills Diversity Conference was sponsored, in part, by:
Jessica Chickering, Program Director, Student Support Services
Indian Hills Community College
Phone: (641) 683-5133 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5133