Creating and Sustaining Dialogues in the Time of the Pandemic

July 15, 2020
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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IAHA is pleased to offer this important education opportunity to our members.

In introducing ideas about how to create and sustain meaningful dialogues among coworkers, clients, and community, Dr. J. Q. Adams will draw from ideas Dr. Ibram Kendi explores in How to Be an Antiracist (2019). The book follows Dr. Kendi’s journey from high school student to professor, from racist to antiracist, and demonstrates how deepening one’s consciousness of the structure of our society can lead to greater understanding and compassion for the diverse human beings who comprise it.

In sharing elements of Dr. Kendi’s journey, Dr. Adams will invite workshop participants to look at their own experiences and to consider how they can use sustained dialogues within their own sphere of influence in the IAHA to promote increased cross-cultural communication and interaction. He will describe how nonviolent, compassionate communication (NVC) can serve as a model to further such dialogues. He views this workshop as a beginning of a process that will require ongoing commitment and practice to reach the goals of creating an antiracist culture throughout Illinois public housing. 

This webinar will be held in two parts, 9am to 11am and then 1pm to 3pm.  It will be held over Zoom and you will receive information prior to the event.

Registration fee of $50 per housing authority - you may call into to the Zoom meeting from more than one of your housing authority or staff locations.  You only have to register one time and then provide the Zoom information to your staff.


Dr. J. Q. Adams Professional Bio

Professor Adams, after completing a BPh in social studies and psychology in 1975 from Grand Valley State College, went on to earn an MA in alternative education and psychology from Indiana University and a PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in educational psychology. Multicultural education has been a focal point of Dr. Adams' entire academic career. Before his tenure at Western Illinois University, he served as the Director of Minority and Intercultural Affairs at Joliet Junior College in Illinois. Earlier, at Illinois State University, he served as the first Director of the College of Education's Director of Urban Education Program and then as Community Coordinator and Team Leader for its Teacher Corps Project, two programs that focused on improving urban teacher education preparation and effectiveness. 

Professor Adams developed and taught three editions of Dealing with Diversity, a 24-hour teleclass produced at Governors State University (GSU) and distributed through the PBS Adult Learning Service. Each is accompanied by a study guide he wrote and the two later versions by an anthology, Dealing with Diversity, he co-edited.  He also co-authored the grant, “Expanding Cultural Diversity in the Curriculum and in the Classroom,” that the Illinois Board of Higher Education awarded WIU annually for ten years. Projects sponsored through the grant have been conferences and workshops as well as print and audio-visual publications. 

Dr. Adams has led numerous workshops revolving around cultural diversity issues for faculty, students, student services personnel, and civil service employees at WIU. Off campus his workshop participants have included P-12 or college and university employees, but at times they have been postal workers, human rights commissioners, railroad employees, law enforcement officers, and mental health professionals. With extended contracts as a consultant to various school districts in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Iowa, he has worked with administrators, teachers, and students to increase their multicultural awareness, competence, and cooperation in their schools and to improve the academic achievement of all students. Most recently, he has facilitated community workshops on nonviolent, compassionate communication. 

Awards attesting to Dr. Adams’ contributions to education include the 2014 WIU Award for Outstanding Leadership in Diversity, the WIU 2009 Provost’s Excellence in Multicultural Teaching Award, the 2009 National Association for Multicultural Education G. Pritchy Smith Multicultural Educator Award, the College of Education at Grand Valley State College 2008 Distinguished Alumni Leadership In Education Award and in 2004 the WIU College of Education and Human Services Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Two years earlier he was honored by the University of Illinois College of Education with a Distinguished Alumni Award.



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