On November 1, the Hampton Roads Diversity & Inclusion Consortium, in partnership with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, will produce the 4th Annual Eastern Virginia Regional Diversity & Inclusion Conference at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
This year’s conference theme is “Moving From Awareness to Action” and features will panel discussion, workshops, and a keynote address at lunch designed for business leaders, community leaders, EEO and diversity officers.
Of particular interest to the LGBTQ community is a session on the development of gay straight alliances in area high schools. Victoria “Vee” Milosevich, former sponsor the GSA at Cox High School and current sponsor of the GSA at Salem High School in Virginia Beach will lead a panel discussion called “LGBTQ Student Voices: The Challenge of Inclusion” with current and former students. Ms. Milosevich and her students will share their experience from last year’s controversial Cox High School assembly and learn more about both challenges and successful efforts to make their schools more inclusive.
The Hampton Roads Diversity and Inclusion Consortium (HRDIC) is a group of representatives from nonprofit, local, state, and federal sectors of the Hampton Roads Region, and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Their vision is to become an agent of change that will assist employers and others to ensure diversity and inclusion are embedded within the culture of their organizations.
HRDIC believes Diversity embodies all the differences – life and work experiences, perspectives, cultures, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, abilities, disabilities and other aspects of life – that make us unique individuals.
For more information and to register for this conference, please visit consortium’s website here.