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CunninghamJoin the City of Portage and other community sponsors for the 2021 Respecting Differences.  Valarie Cunningham, MSW, LMSW, leads a presentation titled, “Racial Trauma & Working Together for Healing.”   Cunningham is the CEO and founder of the Synergy Health Center and has more than 18 years of experience in the Behavioral Health field.

Racial trauma is an ongoing health crisis that has a generational impact.  In this webinar, we will cover the historical context of privilege and power, systemic racial disparities, and adverse community experiences. We will explore effective ways to leverage our collective energy and our power and privilege to bring transformative and radical healing to OUR communities. 

Two presentations will be offered virtually via WebEx on April 14, 2021, at 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM.  Each presentation will last an hour with a Q & A session to follow.  

9:30 AM
Join from the meeting link: https://wmich.webex.com/wmich/j.php?MTID=m67d579c9f27d939fc8124e248ea6133d 

1:30 PM
Join from the meeting link: https://wmich.webex.com/wmich/j.php?MTID=m93b14e40a6726ddc34ffb780d53f8da8 

Respecting Differences is an annual event sponsored by a number of community organizations including the City of Portage, the City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County Government, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Integrated Services of Kalamazoo.  Each year, the event features a presenter selected to encourage our organizations to foster workplaces more accepting and understanding of others with diverse backgrounds and circumstances.  In the past, the event has included lectures, motivational speakers and performances.

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