GRHRA February 17 Meeting - Why Diversity is NOT a Zero-Sum Game!

Join us for an opportunity to learn how our community must come together to support our area employers, as they strive to reflect the diverse community that is the QC.

Why Diversity is NOT a Zero-Sum Game!                          


Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline, IL 
Times:  Doors open at 11:00 AM  | Meal served at 11:20 | Business Meeting | Presentation at Noon
Cost: $15 for ALL GRHRA members (RSVP by end of day February 9 to avoid late charge)| $30 for GUESTS

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NOTE: There is no longer a "pay at the door" option. All RSVP's must be submitted and paid for on-line with a credit card before the meeting. Due to the cost of credit card processing, refunds or credits are NOT available for missed meetings.  

Join Ryan Saddler, Director of Diversity and Director of Student Disability Services, St. Ambrose University as he presents this workshop. There are 7.2 billion people in the world and a projection of reaching 8 billion by Spring 2024. The Quad Cities has a population of 379,690 (US Census Bureau) and is the largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) along the Mississippi River between Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN and St. Louis, MO. According to the US Census Bureau, 4.5% of the MSA’s residents are Black/African American while 6.0% are identified as Hispanic/Latino of any race. With a growing refugee and immigrant population, the Quad Cities is experiencing the effects of globalization. The Quad Cities is fortunate to have a robust, engaged and forward-thinking business community. Quad-City employers count on our Chambers of Commerce, our healthcare systems, our civic groups and foundations, and our institutions of higher education to help provide a strong workforce. In this presentation, the thought of diversity simply as a zero-sum game will be challenged. Instead, the community must come together to support our area employers as they strive to reflect the diverse community that is the Quad Cities. A business case for employers to have a competent level of cultural intelligence will be made, which is critical to success in today’s global community. We will define cultural intelligence, discuss the benefits of being culturally intelligent and discuss practical action steps.

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Ryan Saddler is in his twelfth year as the Director of Student Disability Services and seco
nd year as Director of Diversity at St. Ambrose University. A native of Waterloo, IA, Saddler graduated from East High School, in 1991. In 1995 he graduated from St. Ambrose, with a BS in Biology and a BA in Psychology. In 2002, he received his Master of Education in Post-Secondary Disability Services, also from St. Ambrose.

Saddler began his employment with St. Ambrose in 1996 as an Admissions Representative, primarily recruiting minority students. Saddler began working full time as a Learning Disability Specialist and was named Head Track and Field Coach in 2000. Three years later he became Director of Student Disability Services.

Since his employment at St. Ambrose, Saddler has served as Black Student Union Advisor, Office of Multicultural Affairs Director, Assistant Football Coach, Assistant & Head Track and Field coach, Co-Chair of the Diversity Work Group and worked in cooperation with administration to ensure the smooth adjustment to campus life for ethnic and racial minority students. Along with serving on numerous campus committees, Saddler has classroom and advising experience. Saddler has presented on various topics such as career outcome expectancies and exploration intentions of students with disabilities, disability law for higher education institutions and how our Worldview effects how we see the World.

Along with the administrative and coaching responsibilities, Saddler is a member of Gospel Mission Temple of Davenport, IA and serves on a number of educational committees in the Davenport community. He served three term
s as secretary and two terms as president for the Illinois Iowa Association on Higher Education and Disability, an active member of the Davenport Branch of the NAACP, a Charter member of the Quad City Minority Partnership, and Board member of Quad City Scholars. 

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