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BCTC Office of Multiculturalism and Inclusion Holds 2011 MOSAIIC Conference

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BCTC Vice President Charlene Walker and MOSAIIC keynote speaker Leah Smiley.

BCTC's Office of Multiculturalism and Inclusion held its fifth annual Multicultural Opportunities, Strategies, and Institutional Inclusiveness Conference (MOSAIIC) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lexington, KY on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3.

The conference theme “See What Condition Your Condition Is In” provided an internal focus on how the southeastern states of Kentucky, West Virginia, Florida and Tennessee are making progress in the national quest for equity, equality and inclusion for all citizens. Discussions centered on raising awareness of opportunities and strategies needed to promote inclusive working and learning environments.

“The MOSAIIC is about personal and institutional accountability,” said Charlene Walker, vice president for Multiculturalism and Inclusion at BCTC. “Every citizen needs to be seriously working to make our communities better and welcoming to everyone. The prolonged presence of the irrevocable status quo and the continued omission biases that exist make us stagnant as a community and as a state, with serious implications for Kentucky's overall well- being.”

This year’s conference featured the expertise of innovative diversity leaders both locally and nationally. The keynote speaker, Leah Smiley, is the founder and president of the Society for Diversity, the number one professional diversity and inclusion membership association in the United States. Other speakers at the conference included: P.G. Peeples, Sr., Kentucky Community & Technical College Board of Regents chair and President/CEO Urban League of Lexington–Fayette County; Charlene Walker, Bluegrass Community & Technical College vice president for Multiculturalism & Inclusion; Ron Crouch, director of research and statistics, Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet; Carmen Combs, MPH, public health outreach coordinator, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center; and Hassan Davis, deputy commissioner of operations, Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice.

The event also included the introduction of the 2011 annual MOSAIIC Award winners. The MOSAIIC Awards are presented annually to student/community members or institutions with a commitment to diversity. Congratulations to this year's MOSAIIC award winners: Carmen Combs, MPH, Public Heath Outreach Coordinator, UK Markey Cancer Center, Village Branch - Lexington Public Library and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) Minority Education Committee.