E3: Fostering Belonging Through Cross-Cultural Connections

Area of Focus: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Content Level: Learner

In this highly interactive workshop, participants will spend time in intentional dialogue around DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging). They will begin by sharing stories of times they’ve felt included/excluded. Next, we will hear the stories of those most impacted by the child welfare system. These stories will come from the lived experience of one of the presenters and a selection of stories curated online by the Administration for Children & Families (ACF). Then participants will discuss how this relates to their personal and professional relationships, particularly with young people. The audience generally leaves this workshop feeling better connected with their colleagues and often remarks about how interactive and eye-opening the material is.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the qualities of a safe space to encourage cross-cultural connections.
  • Identify ways that cultural diversity impacts belonging.
  • Recognize your role in promoting cultural competency.


Brice Mickey
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Beech Acres Parenting Center

Ryshel Bowling
Manager, Training and Licensing, Foster Care and Adoption
Beech Acres Parenting Center

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