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What is DEI, exactly? FoxValley365 to host panel discussion with the professionals


Northeast Wisconsin cities, schools and workplaces are increasingly turning to specialists to make sure their organizations take proper steps to encourage diversity, equity and inclusiveness.

They’ve recognized that such “DEI” steps can help students, employees and communities be more welcoming and provide equal access to opportunities.

But what exactly does DEI mean, and how is it working in real life in Wisconsin?

To learn answers to those questions and more, join us for a one-hour panel discussion at noon Wednesday on Facebook, as part of a “Home is Here” series on the census and the region’s growing communities of color.

FoxValley365 will host the event, with 365 Media publisher and CEO moderating the discussion. Collaborators include Madison365, The Green Bay Press-Gazette, The Post-Crescent, Oshkosh Northwestern. The event will be the first in a series of community conversations around topics related to the changing population of Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago counties.

The event will stream live on the FoxValley365 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/foxvalley365. Like or Follow the page to be notified when we go live. Live viewers will be able to post questions for the moderators.

Panelists will include:

  • Damira Grady, associate vice chancellor of Academic Support for Inclusive Excellence and university diversity officer, UW-Oshkosh. Grady is a first-generation college graduate with a doctorate in the advancement of learning and service in higher education from Cardinal Stritch University, a master’s in educational psychology with an emphasis in community counseling from UW-Milwaukee and a bachelor’s in educational studies from UW-Milwaukee.
  • Jessica Franco-Morales, DEI career coach, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Franco-Morales has a bachelor’s in political science and is a master’s in education leadership and policy analysis candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Nicholas Ivory, equity mentor, Menasha High School. Ivory has a bachelor’s in elementary education from Augsburg College, a master’s from Marian University and a master’s in education-professional and school counseling from Concordia University. He has previously worked as a counselor and school administrator, as well as a cultural support specialist in Appleton public schools.
  • Raiya Sankari-Diaz, diversity coordinator, City of Green Bay. Raiya is originally from the Fox Valley area, but has also lived in northern New Mexico and Omaha, Nebraska where she had the opportunity to study and work in multicultural and diverse environments.

To register your interest, go to this event link: https://fb.me/e/1sw6XRXtg.

To join live at noon on Wednesday, March 2, simply go to the Facebook pages of either the Press-GazetteThe Post-CrescentOshkosh Northwestern or FoxValley365.