"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." - African Proverb
Presented by Andrea Smith and Wasim Kahn, Baraza African Cultures Center
A community is any group of people living and/or working together. For a community to be strong and vibrant, it must be inclusive of all of its members. Broad community support is critical for creating truly inclusive policies and programs and ensuring efforts are sustained in the long term.
Successful communities emphasize the importance of bringing together all members and receiving new members so that everyone has a seat at the table and a chance to find common ground. This creates the fertile soil for people to put down roots and work together as neighbors and allows welcoming places to successfully navigate challenging times that have the potential to derail a community. Moving beyond ?us? vs. ?them? thinking requires a proactive approach that builds meaningful contact between diverse community members, engages leaders, and promotes positive messaging that connects to shared values.
Andrea Smith, the COO/Chief Education Officer for the Baraza African Cultures Center. She is a Certified Diversity Professional, Certified Diversity Trainer, Certified Leadership and Team Building Trainer, Certified Safe Space Trainer, is Yan-Koloba Certified. She has over 30 years educational experience teaching on three continents and with people of all ages. Andrea works extensively with communities and organizations in creating sustainable change that uplifts economies and entire communities.
Wasim Khan is the CEO of the Baraza African Cultures Center. Wasim is a also Certified Diversity Professional and is Yan-Koloba Certified. He has spent 30 years working cross-culturally and in international business. He has a passion for people and has proven his effectiveness in training others to work competently across & between cultures.
The Baraza African Cultures Center is a Kansas Non-Profit corporation ? not a 501(c)(3). Their vision is to provide cultural leadership through promoting knowledge & appreciation of the richness of humankind, forging a positive future of valuing the beauty & strength of difference while recognizing our commonalities. Baraza African Cultures Center works in conjunction with many organizations throughout the Kansas City area.
Date and Time
Thursday Sep 23, 2021 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Networking starts at 11:30 am
Buffet opens at 11:45 am
Program starts at Noon
Adams Pointe Conference Center
1400 NE Coronado Drive
Blue Springs, MO 64014