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Tomorrow's Leaders: Bridging Boundaries Toward Equity

GDI 10–Year Anniversary Professional Development Conference

May 31-June 3, 2018
Omni Royal Orleans
New, Orleans, La.
Register Today for Early Bird Price!
This discount is in effect until Thursday, April 26, 2018 11:59 p.m. ET. Register early to take advantage of this limited time offer!

The GDI Tomorrow’s Leaders is a unique event designed exclusively for diversity, inclusion, and equity professionals in academic medicine. Through interactive, solution-oriented programming, this three day experience will provide attendees with a professional network of faculty and staff committed to creating more inclusive, equitable, and innovative cultures in academic medicine.

Understanding the Conference Schedule

May 31st

  • Pre-Conference Workshop on Restorative Justice on May 31 at 12pm (optional with added fee)
  • Conference Start and Opening Plenary on May 31 at 4:00 PM
  • Welcome Reception on May 31 at 5:30 PM

June 1st and 2nd

  • Two full days of member-presented best practices, regional networking meetings, and inspiring plenaries on June 1 and 2
  • Poster reception June 2 at 4:15 PM

June 3rd

  • Closing plenary, How C-Suite Leaders can Advance Diversity
  • GDI Town Hall Sunday June 3 at 10 AM
  • Conference closes June 3 at 11:30 AM

What are the types of breakout sessions and what will be offered at the PDC?

Deep Dive Workshops
Session Format: Two hour deep-dive session

With all the advancements in diversity, inclusion, and equity work faculty and professional staff are looking for promising examples of what’s working. These flipped classroom-style sessions will feature promising programs, interventions, or trainings that are working at member campuses. These sessions will feature a brief overview of the highlighted topic and utilize a workshop and discussion-based session format.

Provocative and Courageous Questions
Session Format: 1-hour small group discussion

There are many promising examples of what’s working in diversity, inclusion, and equity work at academic health centers. Often, as DEI professionals, we don’t have the time to explore new and emerging trends or to push ourselves to think outside the box. In this session discussion facilitators will offer provocative, though-provoking and courageous questions to their audience and guide the session purely through conversation to push the envelope and begin to answers these questions.

Session Format: open format poster session during reception.

Many institutions have taken innovative approaches and achieved demonstrable success at engendering change within their organizational cultures. These initiatives or approaches are holistic, strategic, and speak to the fundamental organizational change factors needed to truly move toward greater diversity and inclusion.

Pre - Conference Workshop: Using Restorative Justice Practices to Address Mistreatment and Improve Institutional Culture and Climate

Join us before the conference starts for an interactive professional development workshop!

May 31, 2018
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Omni Royal Orleans

This GDI Pre-Conference session will focus on:

  • introducing the restorative justice concept, background, and practices
  • understanding how restorative justice applies to medical schools
  • how you can use this inter-group dialog method to help address learner mistreatment, racism, and sexual misconduct, as well as other climate issues

Restorative justice practices have the ultimate goal of improving the culture and climate of the institution. Restorative justice practices foster ethical development and interpersonal communication skills consistent with medical ethics and professional standards for lifelong success in medicine.

About Restorative Justice:

Restorative justice is a global social movement which focuses on seeking educational and reparative solutions to crime, misconduct, and conflict. Specifically in higher education, restorative justice practices are used to build community through prevention-focused relationship-building and problem-solving dialogues; to respond to incidents of misconduct, harm, or conflict through collaborative decision-making processes that includes harmed parties and those who caused harm; and to assist with the successful reintegration of people who have been separated through a leave or suspension.

About the Workshop Speaker:

David R. Karp, PhD
Director of Project on Restorative Justice

David Karp is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. His current scholarship focuses on restorative justice in community and educational settings. He was the recipient of the 2010 Donald D. Gehring Award from the Association for Student Conduct Administration for his work on campus restorative justice. David has published more than 100 academic papers and six books, including The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities (2013), Wounds That Do Not Bind: Victim-Based Perspectives on the Death Penalty (2006), and The Community Justice Ideal (1999). David is on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice. He has previously served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Chair of the Department of Sociology, and Director of the Program in Law and Society. David received a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington.


Tomorrow's Leaders: Bridging Boundaries Toward Equity

GDI PDC 2018

Join us for GDI's Professional Development Conference and 10th Anniversary Celebration May 31-June 3, 2018, in New Orelans, La.

2015 GDI Business Book

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