Dr. Jesús Treviño came to Vermont this March to offer more training and resources on Inclusive Excellence. Treviño and his partner, Laurie Lind presented an interactive workshop at the Vermont Care Partners Conference on March 14th before offering technical assistance and training to CDCI employees on the 15th.
Treviño, currently the SEO of the Leadership in Diversity (LinD) Group, has more than 30 years of experience in diversity and inclusion in higher education. He served as the University of Arizona’s Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Senior Diversity Officer; Associate Vice President for Diversity at the University of South Dakota; and Associate Provost for Multicultural Excellence and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Denver. He brings expertise in Inclusive Excellence and systemic institutional transformation, diversity in the classroom, professional development in diversity and inclusion, and diversity leadership capability.
Jesús shared his expertise first at Vermont Care Partner’s Stepping Forward Together 2019: Promoting Cultural Competence and Equity in Communities Conference in an afternoon workshop entitled “Toward a Deeper Understanding of Diversity and Inclusion: Knowledge and Practices for Successfully Working with Diverse Communities.” The workshop introduced concepts and frameworks designed to help participants understand the complexity of diversity with the goal of improving services and transforming agencies into entities that embed diversity systemically.
On the 15th, Jesús spent the morning at CDCI with the Core Function Coordinators and Executive Director Jesse Suter. Dr. Treviño answered questions and provided input on Center efforts around Academics, Community Service and Technical Assistance, Research, Dissemination, and Infrastructure. In the afternoon, CDCI employees and Treviño met for two hours of Professional Development in John Dewey Lounge. In the interactive training, the group worked to understand the layers and complexities of diversity and cultural constructions rooted within our identities, beliefs, and work. Participants were asked to think about their own identities and expose some of their lives. While there were moments that were uneasy for participants, they highlighted valuable lessons in empathy and awareness and encourage our pursuits of Inclusive Excellence, as having a diverse population is not enough. “Diversity is like receiving an invitation to a dance,” Jesús said during the training. “But inclusion is being asked to dance.”