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Diversity, Inclusion, Cross Cultural Interaction, & Equity

  • 19 Nov 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EST)
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Our current social environment, underscores the need for heightened awareness, greater understanding, acceptance, inclusion, sensitivity and urgency of human rights, civility and embracing diversity. This will be the focus of Dr Morris and Dr Tellez webinar. They have been involved in various initiatives throughout NH to heighten awareness, increase understanding and foster Diversity, Inclusion, Cross Cultural Interaction and Equity in the work environment. In this webinar they will broaden participates understanding and provide strategies to consider incorporating that will assist to foster a positive, inclusive, diverse workplace. The HR professional plays an integral role in cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace. The challenges and opportunities with planning and executing a successful diversity and inclusion strategy, incorporating cross cultural interaction and equity, while being integrated throughout the organization will be explored.


Participants will understand that

  • Successful D&I plan are integrated into the culture of the organization.
  • Ongoing review and revision of the organization’s D&I process is essential in ensuring it is in alignment with the plan’s goals.
  • Assessing operational processes, procedures, and practices along with the relationship to organizational systems becomes assists with addressing alignment concerns.


This webinar is approved for 2 SHRM PDCs and

 2 HRCI  BUSINESS credits. 



Dottie Morris, PhD

Dr. Dottie R. Morris is currently the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity at Keene State College. 

As the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity, Dr. Morris is a member of the Keene State College President’s Cabinet. Her main role is to collaborate with the President and Vice Presidents as the institution establishes strategies and practices to co-create an environment deeply rooted in the principles of equity, diversity and social justice.  

Dr. Morris received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Washington State University, MA in Counseling Psychology from Texas Southern University and BA in Psychology from Dillard University. 

For nearly 30 years, Dr. Morris has worked with undergraduate and graduate students as counselor, teacher, academic advisor, and advisor of student groups. She has demonstrated continuous dedication and devotion to diversity, equity, multiculturalism and social justice over the past two decades. Prior to her current position at Keene State, she served as the Associate Dean for Student Learning at World Learning School for International Training Institute (SIT), the Director of Student Affairs for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Antioch University New England, and staff psychologist at the Colorado State University Counseling Center and the Coordinator of the Employee Assistance Program.

She is the recipient of several awards including, the 2019 Martin Luther King Award, New Hampshire YWCA Hero for Justice, the Counselor for Social Justice Ohana Award, and Outstanding Woman of New Hampshire award. She was appointed to the New Hampshire Governor’s Council on Equity and Inclusion and serves as co-chair.  She was recognized by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan for her contributions to the state of New Hampshire. She is currently serving on several boards including New Hampshire ACLU, Leadership New Hampshire, and Kopkind Nonprofit Educational Foundation.

She is a proud native of Louisiana and currently resides in Vermont. 

Trinidad Tellez, MD

Dr. Trinidad Tellez is Director of the Office of Health Equity (OHE) at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services where she is responsible for assuring equitable access to effective, quality DHHS programs and services across all populations, with specialized focus on racial, ethnic, language, gender and sexual minorities, and individuals with disabilities.  She also bears responsibility for operationalizing DHHS cross-divisional systems and policies in adherence with all applicable federal civil rights laws both through the Department’s own staff, programs and services, and for those services provided by contracted providers.  The Office provides coaching and technical assistance to improve systems and practices for organizations to be able to serve all people with high quality care and services.  This includes effective strategies for communication access, cultural competence, data collection to identify disparities, community engagement, CLAS Standards implementation, and immigrant/refugee integration.  Dr. Tellez promotes the development of partnerships, initiatives and policies to reduce health disparities and advance health equity, and is a champion of community based participatory research and authentic community engagement as important mechanisms for facilitating and leading community-driven approaches to promoting equity.  She serves on numerous advisory committees, leadership bodies, and committees statewide.

Under Dr. Tellez’ leadership, OHE co-led the NH Health and Equity Partnership’s (H&EP, www.equitynh.org) development of the Plan to Address Health Disparities and Promote Health Equity in New Hampshire.  Because education and employment are the primary determinants of health, OHE has dedicated significant attention to addressing these domains including promoting workforce diversity and championing Community Health Workers.  OHE leads efforts on implementation of the The National CLAS Standards across multiple sectors (health, healthcare, education, human and social service organizations).  Dr. Tellez co-authored the Culturally Effective Healthcare Organizations:  A Framework for Success Issue Brief[1], which describes seven key elements for organizational cultural effectiveness, in partnership with the Brandeis Institute for Assets and Social Policy, NH Employer Research Initiative partners.  The Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) collaborators also published the “Culturally Effective Organizations: Revisiting the Role of Employers in Workforce Development” chapter in Pathways to Careers in Health Care[1] which includes “findings, lessons, and recommendations from HPOG research and evaluations for consideration by policymakers, program operators, and other researchers”.

[1] Boguslaw J., Santos J., Tellez T. (2019).  Culturally Effective Organizations: Revisiting the Role of Employers in Workforce Development.  In CT King & PYP Hong (Eds.), Pathways to Careers in Health Care (pp. 187-228).  Kalamazoo, MI:  W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.  https://doi.org/10.17848/9780880996679  

[1] Doupe Gaiser M, Nsiah Jefferson L, Santos J, Venner S, Boguslaw J, Tellez T.  “Culturally Effective Healthcare Organizations:  A Framework for Success.”  April 2015.  Brandeis Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) Issue Brief. https://heller.brandeis.edu/iasp/pdfs/jobs/culturally-effective.pdf


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