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GLADC’S 10th Annual Conference-Virtual

October 28, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Breaking Barriers: TIA (Taking Intentional Action) to Enhance Inclusion in the Coulee Region – (Re)Connecting in business and community.

A learning opportunity that calls for inclusive action across the region, in our workplaces, in our community, and in ourselves.

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Welcoming Speaker

Shaundel Spivey, Director at Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge, La Crosse.

Board Member at La Crosse School Board. He serves as a Racial Justice Training Consultant in the community. He also serves on the Governor’s Equity and Inclusion Council. Shaundel is from Milwaukee Wisconsin.

Keynote Speaker

Cindy Bentley, Executive Director at People First Wisconsin

All Abilities: Intersectionality and the Workplace.

PFW is a non-profit, statewide advocacy organization, run by and for people with disabilities. Cindy is a fearless advocate who leads other self-advocates across the state of Wisconsin in making our communities more accessible. Whether it’s voting rights, housing, community inclusion, mental health, employment or transportation, Cindy leads the charge.

Cindy serves on several boards and works closely with other agencies/organizations that work for equal opportunities for people with disabilities.

Active Memberships/Partners/Board Positions:

  • Survival Coalition Member
  • Disability Rights Wisconsin VAWA Project Member
  • Disability Vote Coalition Partner
  • Living Well of Wisconsin Partner
  • Combined Community Services Board (CCSB) Board Member
  • Life Navigators Board Member
  • Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities(BPDD)-partner agent
  • The Arc WI-partner agent
  • Living Well Wisconsin-partner agent
  • Special Olympics of WI (SOWI) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force Member
  • Shirley Ryan AbilitiesLab-Home and Community Particpant Council Member

Lunch Break

11:00-11:30 AM

Panel Speakers

11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Covid-19: Reestablishing normality 20 months post-pandemic.

What communities and workplaces want to know for strengthening our economy, and contributing to overall health and mental health. This Panel is intended to also speak in terms of mental health and how to navigate the changes within our workplaces and communities in the aftermath and continuation of theCovid-19 pandemic. What did Covid highlight? What has Covid done? How do we make a difference?


Carolyn Colleen Bostrack, PhD, Author, International Speaker, Business Strategist, Fierce Network and Acton Midwest Founder


Brenda L Rooney, PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist, Medical Director, Office of Population Health Gundersen Health System

Jennifer Kleven, MD, MPH, FAAP, Chair – Department of Pediatrics, Gundersen Health System

Sara Johnson, Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Director La Crosse Area Family YMCA






Trans(forming) Lives: Cultivating Queer Inclusion

1:15 PM

This presentation focuses on cultivating queer-inclusive environments, particularly for transgender people. Participants will tackle terminology, discuss the impact of cultural misconceptions, and strategize actionable steps to trans(form) their environment(s).

Christopher J. Jorgenson, Ed.D., Director, Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Pronouns: he/him/his (Learn more about pronouns!)

Dr. Jorgenson (he/him/his) has been director of UW-Eau Claire’s Gender & Sexuality Resource Center for 10 years. Under his leadership, UW-Eau Claire has been ranked #3 nationally and is currently ranked #1 statewide for LGBTQIA+ inclusion and student experience (for a third consecutive year). He chairs the Queer & Trans Action Committee (QTAC) and Bias Incident Reporting Team (BIRT) and teaches in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. Jorgenson’s approach to social justice advocacy emphasizes both the acknowledgment of inequity, as well as the importance of celebrating communities whose identities are too often denigrated and marginalized. Christopher received his Ed.D. in Student Affairs Administration and Leadership, with a focus on underrepresented student populations within higher education, and regularly travels throughout the United States to speak on issues of power, oppression, privilege, and intersectionality.

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Contact Arlette Rodriguez-Miller, Executive Director, Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council


Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System

Mayo Clinic Health Systems

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