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Diversity and Inclusion

Our Agency’s mission demands a diverse workforce to understand, and respond to the varied communities and survivors we serve.   Equally important is an inclusive workplace that fosters employee and organizational performance. To meet this we work with Workforce Diversity, Workplace Inclusion and Sustainability.

Region VII continues to remove barriers to equal opportunity, doing so allows us to promote a culture that embraces diversity and allows each employee an opportunity to achieve their full potential. We all understand how essential Diversity and Inclusion is to our workforce and the citizens we serve./driday, February 23, 2018

Black History Month

Friday, February 23, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018


FEMA Region VII Diversity and Inclusion Group (DIG) will host a Live Stream of the National Character and Leadership Symposium – U.S. Air Force Academy


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Transgender Panel – Enhancing Respect for Others by Understanding Transgender Military Members

Featuring Ms. Fiona Dawson, Director, TransMilitary; Staff Sergeant Logan Ireland, USAF & Corporal Laila Ireland, US Army, Retired.


10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr. Hrabowski was chair of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans and will speak on experiences central to his development as an educator and leader.


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Mr. Steve Birdine, President, Affirmations in Action!

Mr. Birdine will discuss “Taking Responsibility for our Own Success” – a thought-provoking discussion addressing issues including leadership development, diversity, unity, male-female relationships, and respect.


All sessions to be live-streamed in Room 256 – Lake McConaughy.  Streaming is also available at:


Alex W. Sachs

816-398-2744 – m

816-283-7688 - w


Other Activities for Black History Month

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Kansas City Public Library – Central Library – Tuesday Night Film Series:  “Spanish Lake,” Rated G.



Wednesday, February 20, 2018 – With Continuing Events


Mid-Continent Public Library system hosts a variety of activities, including films, exhibits, lectures and an open house on African-American genealogy.

Information and to RSVP:


Thursday, February 22, 2018


The Community at 18th & Vine – Past and Present, presented by Geri Sanders, Archivist at the Black Archives

6:00 p.m. – 7:40 p.m.

Black Archives of Mid-America

1722 E. 17th Terrace

Kansas City, MO 64108


Friday, February 23, 2018


DIG Presents a Panel on Transgender Equality – Live from the Air Force Academy’s National Character and Leadership Symposium

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Room 246 – Lake McConaughy


DIG hosts a Conversation with Dr. Robert P. George and Dr. Cornell West – “Exchanging Ideas in a Respectful Way, Even From an Opposing Perspective”

Presented by the U.S. Air Force Academy’s National Character and Leadership Symposium

3:15 to 4:15 p.m. – Room 246 – Lake McConaughy


Dr. George is Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.  Dr. West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, is author of the classic Race Matters and Democracy Matters.


Staff can also livestream the discussion at:


Other Activities for Black History Month


Monday, February 26, 2018


17th Annual Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture Series

Professor Michael Dinwiddie – A lecture on the career of James Reese Europe and his impact on jazz while touring in France during World War I.

The Gem Theater

1615 E. 18th Street

Kansas City, MO 64108  Rsvp:


Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Kansas City Public Library – Central Library – Tuesday Night Film Series:  “Dope,” Rated R.



Ongoing through Sunday, February 28, 2018


Depictions:  People, Places and Things:  A Celebration of Black Art

Black Archives of Mid-America

1722 E. 17th Terrace

Kansas City, MO 64108


Ongoing through Saturday, March 10, 2018


“The Art of My Life” – an exhibit by visual artist and Kansas City Native Essex Garner

Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and Museum

3700 Blue Parkway

Kansas City, MO 64130


Read more, including about the American Jazz Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and the Mutual Musicians Foundation, at:



The Uphill Battle to Make Black History Month Happen. Read more at

Dig Deeper to Understand

Read the bracing six-page typewritten manuscript, “The War to Preserve Slavery,” that DuBois wrote in 1960. Did you watch PBS’s excellent “The Gilded Age” (streaming through March 6)? The South’s rewriting of Civil War history is perhaps the biggest event of that era that wasn’t covered in the film. Southern Poverty Law Center has a new website for educators to address the chronic problem of bad Civil War history in our schools.

Important programs on Quindaro and George Washington Carver are coming up in KC.

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02/21/2018 - 11:50