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Diversity Conference

Diversity and Inclusion Conference

SAVE THE DATE for 2019: our conference is set for Sept. 11 and 12, 2019 at the Salem Convention Center. Thanks to all the volunteers and to the conference organizing committee for delivering another fantastic conference in 2018. We hope more of you can join us in the 2019 as we continue building our cultural competency and growing our diversity and inclusion efforts.

Materials for the 2018 Conference

Some presenters have provided materials you can review ahead of time to prepare for the session. We'll add them here, so check back often!

Lunch - NEW: Food Trucks!

We'll have a variety of yummy foods to choose from, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, with food trucks located near the center. Enjoy!

Parking - and new: shuttle service!

New this year, ecoShuttle will run along a route several times a day to help reduce the hassles of parking (PDF) around the Salem Convention Center. See the map, route and times (PDF) for the shuttle, and look for the signs to hop aboard.

Accessibility and Accommodations

The Salem Convention Center is accessible. If you need accommodations, such as sign language interpretation, please contact the person at your agency listed below under "Who to contact."
Who to contact

Want to volunteer?

We'd love to have you join us! Contact Joan Barton for more information.

Join us for lunch entertainment and inspiration

NOTE: you are on your own for lunch

Recording Artist/Performer/Educator/Author/Humanitarian
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"A modern master of the Native American Flute, a premier performer of the instrument of our time..." – Billboard Journal

An enrolled Kalapuya member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, who resides within his indigenous homelands in Oregon, Jan Michael Looking Wolf is a world renowned Native American flute player. Traveling a broad range of musical styles, his recordings have garnered over 55 awards and a top ten ranking in the new age charts. He is the winner of five Native American Music Awards including Artist of the Year, Flutist of the Year, Best Record and Best Music Video (2).  In 2018, his new Album Flute Medicine won 2 Global Music Awards, An Indigenous Music Award, and the award for Best Native American Recording at the One World Music Radio Awards.
Jan Michael’s lifeway and musical expressions are based on the tradition of ‘One Heart’. In short, it is a universal truth that everyone is equal regardless of the color of our skin, tribal affiliation, language we speak, income, gender, faith, nationality or personal beliefs. ‘One Heart’ is the recognition of Unity through Diversity.
Jan Michael regularly performs songs from his recordings.  He has toured across the country and performed overseas at both large and smaller venues.  His music shares hope, love, compassion and connection.  Also active in philanthropy, his music has been used to help several non-profit projects including children with cancer, homeless shelters, earthquake survivors, and youth drug and alcohol prevention.
After nearly two decades of research of the Native American Flute, Jan Michael co-created a curriculum for an accredited university course which he instructs regularly. He has authored two books that are published.  “One Heart and the Native American Flute” which focuses on the flute’s history and technique, and “The First Flute”, published by Red Deer Press.

You're invited to a film about amazing veterans
Wed., Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m., Santiam 1 at the Salem Convention Center

 The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs invites attendees and guests to a special screening of "Breaking the Silence," a film featuring inspirational, funny and powerful stories from Oregon's LGBTQ veterans and service members. It will be followed by a question and answer session. Join us!

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