Brushy Fork Annual Institute

Community Diversity: Exploring the Strength of Our Identity

Early Bird Session Leader: Monica Jones

This session is designed to provide participants with educational opportunities to increase awareness of community diversity and develop and enhance skills to help create more inclusive experiences. Participants will explore how to maximize their service to others by raising awareness of personal and organizational norms, distinctiveness, and blind spots.

Feedback from Past Participants:

“This was phenomenal. Not what I expected, but better! Very self-reflective.”

“I have been through diversity workshops before and found this one to be excellent, and connected to my existing knowledge.”

“I enjoyed working through the self-awareness exercises and talking about different types of diversity. I am glad to have more terms and understanding that help me think and speak about diversity.”

Monica Jones, a native of Zanesville, a town in the Ohio foothills of the Appalachian region, is an eloquent and effective facilitator of community, with an engaging ability to help groups explore what she calls “the intersection of identities”.  In the role of director of the Black Cultural Center (BCC) at Berea College since 2012, Jones serves students and staff alike in promoting the college’s mission of interracial education.

She is completing her doctoral degree at Ohio University where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Previously, Monica was the Director of Diversity for Ohio University (Eastern, Lancaster and Zanesville campuses) as well as the former Director of Student Services on the Zanesville Campus. She has been employed within the higher educational arena for 17 years working directly with under-represented students from the Appalachian regions of Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

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