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Town Hall Forum

2015 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas

February 19-21, 2015 in St. Louis, MO



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Enhancing the Frontiers of Diversity and Inclusion in Research & Practice:
Performative, Critical, and Radical Perspectives on the Contexts and Issues for HRD

Co-sponsored by AHRD’s Critical HRD and Social Justice Perspectives SIG and the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion SIG, the Town Forum will feature expert panelists/facilitators who will interactively engage conference participants in reflecting on the role of HRD in enhancing the frontiers of diversity and inclusion. During the Town Forum, we will explore three different views (performative, critical, and radical) on HRD’s responsibilities and limitations for diversity and inclusion as related to the issues for HRD (relating, learning, changing, and organizing) in the various contexts that HRD serves (individual/career, relational/workforce, organizational/workplace, and structural/community).

The panel will include several AHRD scholars and scholar-practitioners (subject to change): Meera Alagaraja, Laura Bierema, Marilyn Byrd, Jamie Callahan, Joshua Collins, Julie Gedro, Kevin Harvey, Tonette Rocco, Gene Roth, Darlene Russ-Eft, Chaunda Scott, Brad Shuck, and Julia Storberg-Walker.

The panel will also include St. Louis-based practitioners (subject to change): Reena Caroll (Executive Director, Diversity Awareness Partnership); Valerie E. Patton (Executive Director, St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative); Adewale Soluade (Inclusion and Diversity Program Manager, Commerce Bank-St. Louis); and Jill Willhite (Asset Manager, St. Louis Science Center; Board of Directors, Diversity Awareness Partnership).

We invite your active participation during this session via small and large group conversations to engage in discourse that supports new frontiers for discussing and operationalizing diversity and inclusion in HRD practice and research.


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