November Community by Design event graphic with hands of all races

Registration is now open for Community by Design, an interactive workshop focusing on diversity and inclusion, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, from 12:30-3:15 p.m., in the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Instructional Center, room 180.

Community by Design will unpack the concepts of diversity and inclusion, as well as offer an examination of the most common and fundamental barriers to actually providing an inclusive experience, for example, the roles played by unwritten rules, and unconscious or implicit bias.

The guest speaker will be Joe Gerstandt, of Omaha, NE.  Gerstandt has worked with Fortune 100 corporations, small non-profits, and everything in between. He speaks at numerous conferences and summits, and blogs at He is a featured contributor for the Workforce Diversity Network Expert Forum and his insights have been published in Diversity Best Practices, Diversity Executive, HR Executive, The Diversity Factor, The American Diversity Report, the Corporate Recruiting Leadership Journal, Associations Now, other print and on-line journals and he co-authored the book Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships.

Gerstandt believes that we can ill afford to continue applying a 20th-century approach to an increasingly critical set of 21st-century issues.  A strong advocate for resetting the diversity and inclusion conversation, Gerstandt sees diversity and inclusion as poorly understood and often misunderstood.  His keynote messages and interactive workshops bring greater clarity, action, and impact to existing and new organizational diversity and inclusion efforts.

The cost to attend is $10 (unless sponsored by an organization). To register, please visit Questions may be directed to Jolene Griffith, SWCC director of human resources.

This event is being hosted by the Employers Council of Iowa, High Lakes Leadership Initiative, IowaWorks, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Southwestern Iowa Chapter, and SWCC.