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In our country’s current climate of racial tension and civil unrest, Fort Wayne UNITED is positioned to provide support through a plan to create and lead a comprehensive program for city-wide cultural competency training, racial healing, and unity. Many organizational leaders are exploring their next steps forward and have an interest in or are already working diligently in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As our wider community struggles to respond to the urgent need for racial understanding, we have a unique opportunity to influence and reshape what it means to live and be part of Fort Wayne by joining forces and growing together through the United Front framework offered by Fort Wayne UNITED.

INITIATIVE GOALS 
Our goal is to bring the community of Fort Wayne together to attain racial healing, equity, education, and organizational transformation. Our strategy for accomplishing this goal is to develop shared knowledge and understanding around various topics related to diversity and inclusion throughout the city of Fort Wayne. Additionally, we hope to empower Fort Wayne organizations and corporations with the ability to value diversity, assess their environments, and implement interventions that will enhance their inclusive cultures, motivating people to work together toward community shared goals.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Two keynote sessions will be conducted by Dr. Pascal Losambe for leaders of participating organizations, featuring his comprehensive curriculum designed to educate, equip, and empower organizations to embrace inclusion and transform their cultures. During the same month, Dr. Losambe will deliver virtual classes to others in these organizations based on their roles, such as People Leaders, Front Line Service, Education, Criminal Justice, Public Safety, Clergy, and others. These virtual classes will follow the same curriculum schedule but will be a deeper dive into the issues unique to various role groups.

2020 KEYNOTE SESSIONS 
These thought-provoking sessions on October 28 and December 2 will introduce you to Dr. Losambe and the critical importance that belonging plays in our lives as human beings as we attempt to thrive personally and organizationally. Each session will offer two 90-minute sessions 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in-person at The Clyde Theatre, along with a livestream of each. Registration is limited for each session; act quickly to ensure you're able to experience this vital conversation.    

Register now
October 28
December 2 - Registraton coming October 29

2021 CURRICULUM 
The United Front Initiative will open to the public through its yearlong curriculum in 2021, providing deeper engagement, education and empowerment to leaders of all levels and from diverse fields of business. 

SESSIONS:
Sessions 1-3: Implicit Bias & Microaggressions
Individual Bias

Organizational Bias
Microaggressions

Sessions 4-6: Stress of Minorities
Stereotype Threat
Imposter Syndrome
High Context Individuals

Sessions 7-9: Allyship & Active Bystanders
What Is Allyship?
Privilege, Power, and Position
Actions of an Ally

Sessions 10-12: Difficult Conversations
Facing the Fears of Open Dialogue
Approach to Having Difficult Conversations
Dinner of Great Conversations



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ABOUT DR. LOSAMBE 
Dr. Losambe has a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Middlebury College (VT) and a Master’s of Science Degree in Biology from Boston College where he received the Donald J. White award for teaching excellence. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Purdue University with a focus on cultural competence. Additionally, he serves on regional diversity boards, has led strategic vision initiatives for various institutions, and has conducted multiple workshops on cultural competence at national and international conferences.

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Investors:

AEP Foundation 
Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne
Foellinger Foundation
JP Morgan Chase

Promus Equity Partners 
Ruoff Mortgage 
Summit City Chevrolet 

Sweetwater
The Metropolitan Human Relations Commission
United Way of Allen County
Vera Bradley
Richard D. Waterfield Charitable Trust
Youth for Christ of Northern Indiana