12th Images & Perceptions Diversity Confab addresses stereotypes

12th Images & Perceptions Diversity Confab addresses stereotypes
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Sean Stone, Martha Reeves and Justice Richard Bernstein Headline the Award Winning Metro Detroit’s 12th Annual Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference April 23, 2015

2015 Images & Perceptions Conference in Dearborn

2015 Images & Perceptions Conference in Dearborn

Images and Perceptions engages the Arab American, African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Jewish American and disabilities communities, to break down barriers, clear images, and correct bias misconceptions that as a nation we tend to adopt. Assumption, suspicion, fear, and intolerance that many people acquire will likely lead to prejudice, stereotyping, and tragedy.

As an MCOLES certified initiative, Law enforcement personnel have especially benefited from the training during routine traffic stops, to taking control of more complicated confrontations with diverse constituents. Cultural competency is a tool that creates a solid foundation for clear and concise communication void of speculation.

The conference engages communities to better understand diversity and provides a caliber of programming to administrators, CEO’s, healthcare professionals, educators, law enforcement agencies, government, public officials, community members and students to better implement diversity strategies within their corporations, organizations and personal relationships.

The conference, along with being MCOLES certified, has been certified by Wayne State University and Western University to provide SCECH’s to Educators and Administrators that attend along with a certification from CEUnits to provide continuing education credits to healthcare professionals including Nurses, Social Workers, Therapists, Licensed Psychologists etc.

We are honored to host Hollywood’s, actor, director and producer, star of National Born Killers, Wallstreet and Greystone Park, Sean Stone. Sean will discuss stereotypes in Hollywood and the origins of Islamophobia. Justice Richard Bernstein will discuss the challenges of the disabilities community while providing useful tools of engagement. Motown’s Martha Reeves will share her experience at Motown as a minority in the entertainment business in the 1960’s. Ambassador Clovis Maksoud will discuss the Middle East and the turmoil of ISIL joined by Hispanic Diversity Rapper Michael Reyes, Educator and Motivational Speaker, Dr. Maxine Cain, Former Police Lieutenant , Pakistani Comedian, Khurum Sheikh, and Commander David Robinson discussing community policing in diverse neighborhoods. This initiative is a driving force towards understanding, inclusion and acceptance of our diverse communities.

Images and Perceptions partnerships enjoy the title of diversity champions and include: The University of Michigan Dearborn; Henry Ford College; NAACP; Ser Metro; DTE Energy; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Henry Ford Health Systems; GM; Comerica Bank; Ziyad Imports; Hamadeh Educational Services; WCCCD; American Arab Women’s Community Network; Greenland Market; ACRL; Dearborn Public Schools; Crestwood Public Schools; Lawrence Technological University: ACCESS; American Arab Women’s Community Network lead by Dr. Daad Katato, The Arab American News; among others who have joined through the years or who have been partners since its inception in 2002. We continue to value our partnerships with those who value diversity, and the successful collaboration with national diverse multi-ethnic organizations and communities.

Actor Edward James Olmos (2nd fromr ight) joins attendees at the 11th Annual Images & Perceptions Conference in 2014

Actor Edward James Olmos (2nd fromr ight) joins attendees at the 11th Annual Images & Perceptions Conference in 2014

The Images and Perceptions Conference has hosted such greats as: Actor Activist Edward James Olmos, Comedy Centrals & Michigan’s own Keegan Michael Key, Hollywood Producer & Director, Asaad Kelada; Hollywood Actress Kathy Najamy; Former White House Bureau Chief. The Late Helen Thomas, Diversity Trainer, Guadalupe Lara, Star of “Killing Jesus”, Haaz Sleiman, , Professor John Woods, PhD University of Chicago, Ambassador Dr. Clovis Maksoud; among other esteemed trail-blazers in their fields

The 12th Annual Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference has hosted over 5000 participants including members of TV, print and broadcast media; corporate and business leaders, healthcare professionals; human resource directors; diversity program managers; advertising, marketing and communications professionals; educators and elected officials. The conference is effective in providing the tools necessary to its participants to successfully increase productivity and provide quality services within organizational, corporate and civic institutions

The conference takes place on April 23, 2015 at Byblos Banquets in Dearborn, from 8:30-4:30, which includes breakfast and lunch. To register for the 12th Annual Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference, go to www.3dconsults.com or call 313-910-1955. It is slated to be entertaining, educational, life changing and provides an opportunity to earn continuing educational credits; SCECH’s and is MCOLES certified for law enforcement training.

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  • http://www.TheArabDailyNews.com/ Ray Hanania

    I love this conference. Edward James Olmos was at 2014 conference in Dearborn and he was phenomenal. There’s a story on him on this website … search his last name … I hope every considers going. Martha Reeves will be great, too. It’s organized by Siham Wada Jaafar and she does a tremendous job. If you go, let us know how much you liked it.