2:30-3:45 p.m. Intercultural Awareness
If you have applied to volunteer for General Conference 2019, you are required to attend hospitality and intercultural awareness training. If you are interested in applying to volunteer, visit www.moumethodist.org/gc2019.
This training will be held at four locations:
- Community UMC, 3301 W Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203
- United Methodist Center, 5900 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62711
- Webster Hills UMC, 698 W. Lockwood Webster Groves, MO 63119
- Platte Woods UMC, 7310 NW Prairie View Rd, Platte Woods, MO 64151
Kenneth J. Pruitt, Director of Diversity Training, is responsible for Diversity Awareness Partnership’s training and consultation for a variety of organizations on topics of diversity and inclusion. Additionally, he oversees DAP’s education efforts via its interfaith work, as well as an assortment of panels, forums, and discussions. After receiving his master’s in education from St. John’s University, Kenneth became a classroom teacher for several years before taking this passion into nonprofit settings. Just previous to his work with DAP, he developed a model for contextualizing the group volunteer experience with education and advocacy on issues of poverty, diversity, and religion. Kenneth has facilitated trainings for organizations such as the United Way, Teach For America, Commerce Bank, and faith and education institutions across the region. Kenneth will facilitate training at the Columbia site.
Wendy Todd, Manager of Education and Training, is responsible for Diversity Awareness Partnership’s training and consultation for a variety of organizations on topics regarding diversity, inclusion, and equity. Additionally, she helps coordinate and facilitate a range of DAP’s events, seminars and discussions. Wendy has a background in media with extensive experience as a writer and has covered issues of culture and race. Her work has appeared in local and national outlets including the St. Louis American, NPR, and the Washington Post. She has also served as a workshop facilitator helping educators create more inclusive environments for diverse students. In her free time she enjoys cultural offerings and entertainment. Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara. Wendy will facilitate training at the Springfield site.
Steve Parks, Director of Programs, is responsible for leading DAP’s youth engagement programs such as the Diverse-City Art Competition, EXPLORE Career Immersion Program, and the Give Respect, Get Respect Program. He is also responsible for facilitating and leading diversity and inclusion discussions with youth and adults. Prior to joining DAP in this positon, Steve was the Director of Diversity for Ameren Corporation. He has served on and chaired the board of DAP and currently chairs the board of Cultural Leadership.Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from Missouri S&T, and his MBA from Fontbonne University. Steve is a Senior Professional in Human Resources and is a graduate of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative and the Consortium for Leadership Development programs. Steve will facilitate training at the Webster Hills UMC (St. Louis) site.
Steve Jones will facilitate training at the Platte Woods UMC (Kansas City) site.