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2014 Diversity Conference - Sept. 16 & 17 in Salem

​The Part We All Play

Celebrate! Educate! Advocate!

That's the theme for Oregon's 2014 Diversity Conference, and it promises a day (pdf) filled with learning, inspiration and growth. We are increasingly interacting with persons from diverse cultures; it is imperative that we provide services and information in a culturally responsive and inclusive manner. If you want to develop as a professional in the areas of cross-cultural communication and cultural intelligence, then this is a conference you don’t want to miss!

 REGISTRATION IS OPEN! visit the links page to register.

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Click here (pdf) to see in-depth descriptions of this year's breakout sessions!

 2014 Keynote Presentations

Not Until You Know My Story
Carrie Gibson/Anthony Curry: Had to Be Productions
Many of you have experienced the powerful impact of the messages delivered by Carrie Gibson and Anthony Curry of Had to Be Productions at previous conferences. The presentations have received such rave reviews, we’ve decided to feature Carrie and Anthony as one of our keynote speakers for 2014. Had to Be Productions has been touring unique plays and trainings to corporations, government agencies, conferences and colleges across the nation for more than 15 years. The mission is to engage the imagination and inspire active empathy through original theatrical documentary plays and workshops designed to enlighten, entertain and enhance a sense of community. Past clients have included Boeing, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, McDonalds, the FBI, the Veteran’s Administration and the Department of Defense.

The Iceberg of Miscommunication: Sinking a Titanic of Good Will
Reverend Michael James Oleksa
The Reverend Michael James Oleksa was born in Allentown, Penn. and educated at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, New York; and the Orthodox Theological Faculty, Presov, Czechoslovakia. He has spent his entire adult life serving as a parish priest, church administrator, seminary dean and professor of Alaska Native history and cross cultural communications, teaching at all three main campus of the University of Alaska system and at Alaska Pacific University. Father Michael has also authored several books and his four-part PBS Television series, Communicating Across Cultures, has been widely acclaimed. He resides in Anchorage with his Yup'ik wife, Xenia, two sons, daughter-in-law and two grandsons, and continues to offer courses through the Alaska Staff Development Network, while serving as a parish priest for St. Alexis Orthodox Church.


See the biographies of all our presenters.

Breakout sessions, parking, food for purchase and more


  • See the agenda (pdf) and plan your day!
  • Choose from a variety of topics for your breakout sessions: one each at 9:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Parking can be a challenge in downtown Salem. PLAN AHEAD! If you are driving, see the details  (pdf) on parking spaces.
  • Want to volunteer? We'd love to have you! Please contact Shelley Snow: shelley.m.snow@odot.state.or.us
  • If you need assistance at the conference, such as sign language interpretation, please contact your supervisor or your agency's Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator.
  • Bring a sweater or jacket! Temperatures at the conference center are difficult to adjust.
  • Ethnic/favorite dress: We encourage you to reflect your diversity! Wear your favorite heritage apparel!
  • Food bank contribution: If you can remember! Bring a can or three to donate to our food drive for Oregonians.
  • Concessions will be available for purchase throughout the day in the lobby.
  • Be sure to visit all of our educational tables: you're sure to learn something new and find valuable information to take back to your colleagues!


Volunteers: watch this brief video for an overview of duties. And thank you for volunteering!

See photos from last year's Diversity Conference photos.