Honoring 42 Years of Mission Readiness
DEOMI welcomes attendees to 7th Biennial Research Symposium
By Bryan Ripple
DEOMI Public Affairs Officer
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) will host its 7th Biennial Equal Opportunity, Diversity, and Culture Research Symposium Feb. 18-20, 2009 here.
The event, held every other year for the past 14 years, is attended by an average of 100-125 people and is a forum to share current information on Equal Opportunity, diversity, and culture research and is designed for researchers to share the latest science in the field, while providing a platform to allow leaders an opportunity to express their needs.
"Our goal in hosting this symposium is to share current research efforts and to encourage additional research with regard to diversity and cultural differences," said Mr. Jerry Scarpate, Deputy Director of Research at DEOMI. "In today's world of joint operations, we need to be more effective and efficient through understanding the diverse cultures in which we are operating," he said.
This year's theme, "Leveraging Human Potential," includes topics such as: racism, sexism, discrimination, sexual harassment, organizational climate and effectiveness, culture and the war environment, diversity management, leadership and diversity, religious diversity, cultural competency, teamwork in multicultural environments, as well as several other topics.
Presenters at the Symposium will be college and university faculty members and subject matter experts including several international presenters.
According to Mr. Scarpate, presenters from Canada and Bulgaria are expected to participate and representatives from the United Kingdom's Joint Equity and Diversity Training Center will also be in attendance.
"Between the presenters and those in attendance we should have a good international mix of people for the event," Mr. Scarpate said. "We're really excited about our keynote speaker, Dr. David Matsumoto, Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University. We first met him at a NATO conference and he's a respected authority in the cultural research field," he added.
Some presentations will be 30 minute talks with 10 minute question and answer sessions. There will also be panel discussions including two one-hour presentations on cultural/diversity issues with a moderator. A poster session with research displayed on easels with authors nearby to answer questions and technology demonstrations including displays on the latest training devices are also scheduled.