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Confab On Cultural And Linguistic Diversity

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is offering a conference on managing workplace or community change on June 4. The conference, "Changing Workplaces, Changing Communities," is designed for employers and community leaders who want to learn how to ease the transition to culturally and linguistically diverse workplaces and communities that are the result of new workers, and their families, who speak little or no English.

The one-day conference is designed primarily to address issues confronting employers, community leaders and the resource and service people who work with these groups. Among community leaders, town and city council members, health care administrators, and law enforcement officials will find the conference most helpful, according to Kristen Allen, conference coordinator.

Speakers will cover such topics as legal issues confronting employers, working with interpreters in culturally and linguistically diverse workplaces, personal reflections on being a new immigrant, and what to do when you and your clients don't speak the same language. The $50 conference fee covers participation in the sessions, a workbook, lunch and refreshments.

The conference is sponsored by the UW-River Falls Workplace English as a Second Language program, which trains tutors in teaching ESL, and then places them with participating businesses that employ non-English speaking workers. The tutor training courses and field experience are offered throughout the year.

For more information on the conference, visit the web page at www.uwrf.edu/outreach/esl or contact the Outreach and Graduate Studies Office at 715/425-3256, toll-free at 800-228-5607, or by email to kristen.allen@uwrf.edu.


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