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    Discrimination Prevention and Diversity - The Connection

    Date: June 19, 2013, 11:00am – 1:00pm
    Hilton Garden Inn, Solomons
    13100 Dowell Road
    Dowell MD 20629
    (410) 326-0303
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    Changes in the workforce have brought new challenges and opportunities for businesses. In order to realize the greatest competitive advantage and retain the most qualified employees, organizations must make an effort to ensure that their employees represent a diverse population and that a culture of inclusion and respect is promoted and maintained.  HR professionals must lead the way to ensure that their organizations promote a culture of diversity.

    In this session, diversity issues will be explored including where do we come up with the information that we hold about people, places, and relationships? Through accepting the unquestioned information, assumptions and biases about groups of people, individuals can rob themselves of valuable opportunities for growth and development as well as understanding. HR professionals will learn information and have opportunities for self-understanding, as well as explore ways to be allies and supporters for those who need more diversity understanding.

    Presenter: Keith Merkey, Human Relations Specialist, Maryland Commission on Civil Rights

    Keith Merkey coordinates and conducts trainings on a variety of topics such as cultural diversity, sexual harassment, conflict resolution, sexual orientation, and discrimination issues for Maryland’s universities, businesses and organizations. Mr. Merkey has worked in the area of training, service, and education for non-profits such as Stop AIDS Campaign, Planned Parenthood of Maryland and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Maryland.

    Mr. Merkey received his Bachelors of Art in Religion and Philosophy from Campbell University and his Masters of Divinity and Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has received post-graduate training in prejudice–reduction, conflict resolution, diversity, and Fair Housing Issues.

    This meeting has been approved for 1.25 General recertification credits toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

    The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity. It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.


    11:00am - 11:30am: Registration
    11:30am - 12:00pm: Lunch and General Meeting
    12:00pm - 1:00pm:   Presentation


    Lunch will consist of an assortment of deli meats & cheeses, tuna salad, and assorted bread & rolls. Dessert will consist of fruit salad and an assortment of cookies. Refreshments will consist of soda, tea, and coffee.


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