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Event Overview:

Cook County Higher Education (CCHE) is prioritizing the work necessary to create a learning environment where every student can succeed in learning and earning the education they desire. Our intention is to counteract discriminatory policies that prevent people from equally accessing the benefits of education. To kick off this effort, CCHE is hosting a two-part day long workshop. Join us for the morning session that will focus on defining the issues, for the afternoon session to brainstorm ideas for a CCHE Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Strategic Plan, or both! Please see below for more information


Beyond Diversity 101: Micro-inequities, Implicit Bias, and Moving toward Equity; 9am-11:30am

Many of us have been involved with diversity training that focuses on cultural differences and respecting all perspectives. While this is a good start, we cannot move toward true equity in our workplaces, organizations, and personal relationships until we address historical and institutional inequality. In order to address the myriad ways that certain people are marginalized based on social identities such as race, gender, disability, religion, class, sexual orientation, etc., every one of us needs to understand our own identities, how we all demonstrate bias that is often unconscious, and how we are all capable of moving toward equity.

  • 9am-9:30am Virtual Coffee: Welcome, Introductions & Intention-setting
  • 9:30am-11:30 pm Beyond Diversity 101 Workshop

Workshop Outline:

  • Framing: Diversity, the Changing Landscape, and Equity
  • Exercise: Understanding and Addressing Microaggressions
  • Understanding Implicit Bias, with video
  • Privilege, Accountability, and Allyship
  • Scenarios: How can I show up as an ally? (note: this is customized to Cook County Higher Education’s context)
  • Exercise: Next Steps – Personally and Organizationally


CCHE DEIA Strategic Planning Session; 12:30pm-4pm

As we work to create a DEIA Strategic Plan, we know we need diverse insight, experience, and expertise to lead us forward. We invite you to attend our DEIA Strategic Planning Session. And, please invite others you think may be interested – it is open to everyone! If you have limited available time we still welcome you to join us for the CCHE DEIA Strategic Planning Session. If you have any questions in advance please reach out to us at gethelp@mycche.org or call 218-387-3411.

CCHE has hired Dr. Anne Phibbs of Strategic Diversity Initiatives to help us create a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEIA) strategic plan. Anne will be facilitating the DEIA Strategic Planning Session. Anne will utilize the feedback shared by our community during the DEIA Strategic Planning Session to formalize a strategic plan for CCHE. CCHE then share the plan with you, to ensure that we accurately captured the intention and insight from our day together.


Anne Phibbs, PhD (she/her/hers)
Founder and President of Strategic Diversity Initiatives

Anne brings over 25 years’ experience helping organizations advance their diversity, equity & inclusion goals. She is adept at assessing an organization’s strengths and challenges and tailoring her approach to its context, culture, and goals. With extensive experience in training, teaching, curriculum development, and training of trainers, Anne has delivered hundreds of workshops and classes for thousands of participants in corporate, government, higher education, non-profit, healthcare, small business and faith community settings. Anne built a successful diversity and inclusion leadership program at the University of Minnesota, with a focus on emotional intelligence (EI), and she is an EI Practitioner certified in the EQ-i2.0 and EQ360 methods. As Director of Education at the University of Minnesota, she was responsible for developing and implementing their successful Certificate Program, a series of 10 workshops designed to increase capacity for diversity and inclusion work across every part of the institution. A seasoned consultant, Anne is able to work with small and large organizations on a variety of diversity, equity & inclusion needs, including diversity assessments, diversity action plans, customized diversity training, and inclusive leadership development. Anne earned her PhD in Philosophy and Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More information about Anne Phibbs and Strategic Diversity Initiatives can be found at strategicdi.com.

Registration Details:

  • Immediately after registering you will receive the Zoom link in an email titled Your tickets from Cook County Higher Education, please save this email.
  • You will also receive a follow-up email from our Program Director 12-48 hours prior to the event.
  • If you are having technical issues joining this event please call 952-237-3517 for assistance.


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June 9
9:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT
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Cook County Higher Education

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