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**American Sign Language services available for all general sessions through Goshen College and interpreting services. 
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Tuesday, May 21 • 8:55am - 9:55am
Attracting and Retaining Talent: Worldview Panel Discussion FILLING

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Being part of a connected community means more than knowing who you live next to; saying hello, smiling, waving and stopping for a chat from time to time. It also means understanding the changing nature of communities in their historical and cultural contexts and the role of communities in sustaining and enhancing the quality of life for all.

As we think about the changing demographics in our schools, businesses, and communities, particularly for women, minorities, and immigrants, you are invited to engage with us to hear from the distinguished panel experts, discover the value of implementing diversity and creating inclusion to attract and retain talent, and co-create the conversation by asking your questions.

Discussion Questions
  1. What are the critical factors that create a place where people want to live, work, invest, and play? 
  2. How can inclusive practices help businesses, schools, and communities attract and retain talent?
  3. What strategies should businesses, schools, and communities implement (in terms of practices and policies) to attract and retain talent?
  4.  How can businesses, schools, and communities work together to target and distinctively retain women, minorities, and immigrants in the community? 

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Gilberto Perez

Dean of Students, Goshen College
Gilberto Perez, Jr.,is the dean of students at Goshen College. In this capacity, Perez provides institutional leadership to the areas within student life, which includes residence life, campus ministries, counseling and health, campus safety, intercultural student support and retention... Read More →

Breakout Session Panelists
avatar for John Pinter

John Pinter

Executive Director, Pinter Consulting/United Religious Community
John Pinter is an independent consultant who works with small businesses, nonprofits, education and government. He served as an emergency planner with the Red Cross and with local entities for over 12 years, and brings a passion for readiness as a means of developing resilience and... Read More →
avatar for Marina Hadjioannou Waters, JD, MPH

Marina Hadjioannou Waters, JD, MPH

President, Luna Language Services
With the eighth fastest growing immigrant population in the US and over 100 languages represented, Indiana is rapidly evolving. Diversity is no longer something that is happening to Indiana, it is Indiana. Marina will be speaking to the critical shifts public and private organizations... Read More →
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Taj Suleyman

Equity Director, Dubuque School District
Taj Suleyman is a global nomad and Third Culture Kid/person (TCK). His international personal upbringing began molding his intercultural awareness of how to navigate intercultural differences from the time he was a child. Taj was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon by a Sudanese father... Read More →
avatar for ​Constance O. Peterson-Miller

​Constance O. Peterson-Miller

Director of ​Admissions and International Student Services, Indiana University South Bend
Connie Peterson-Miller is Director for the Offices of Admissions and International Student Services and an IU DACA liaison at IU South Bend. She has served international students, along with their families and supporters, for more than 30 years at 3 institutions of higher education... Read More →

Tuesday May 21, 2019 8:55am - 9:55am EDT
IUSB Elkhart Room 220