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Fairbanks city employees to receive diversity training

Published: Mar. 15, 2021 at 4:17 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The City of Fairbanks will be holding “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” training for city employees.

The training sessions start on Thursday, March 18th, and run for two weeks.

Rodney Gaskins, presenter with RMG Business Consulting said, “It’s a celebration of identities, because we often only look at the visual when we see people, but we realize that when we sit down and have conversations, we have more things in common than we do that are different.”

Employees in all departments, including police and fire, will participate.

Gaskins explained that this training is not a reaction to any event, but is meant to be proactive and meet people where they’re at. “Oftentimes, we set a six-foot goal for a student and we give them a six-foot ladder, and we feel that they should be able to achieve it - and that’s true, unless they’re standing in a six-foot hole. So we have to give each student what they need.”

According to Gaskins, recipients of the training have provided a variety of reactions. “I just was looking at feedback this morning, and the same group received the same training and had... feedback was all over the place. Some was ‘Wow, I’m so glad we had this conversation.” Some, ‘This conversation wasn’t deep enough.” And some, like, ‘I can’t believe we’re having this conversation.’”

A version of this training has previously been utilized in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

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