Summer/Fall 2013

Verna Myers

Moving Toward Diversity: A Consultation
For NEPDEC Member Representatives with Vernā Myers, Esq.

Tuesday, July 30, 2014, 2:30 pm
Webrinar: A Seminar That Comes to You

Vernā Myers, Esq., principal of Vernā Myers Consulting Group, LLC (VMCG), is a nationally recognized expert on diversity and inclusion within law firms, law departments and law schools. Vernā is a dynamic speaker and creative advisor in support of creating inclusive environments and improving the recruitment, retention and advancement of underrepresented groups. VMCG has collaborated with over 100 legal and corporate clients to effect sustainable organizational change by conducting cultural assessments, developing comprehensive strategic diversity action plans, and facilitating compelling and interactive workshops in the U.S. and around the globe. A highly sought after speaker at numerous conferences worldwide, Vernā sponsors her own successful annual Opus Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Large Law Firms.

Vernā is the author of “Moving Diversity Forward: How To Go From Well-Meaning To Well-Doing,” published by the American Bar Association in 2011. A second book, “What If I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits For Culturally Effective People” is set for release summer 2013, also by the ABA.

In 2010, Pepper Hamilton LLP awarded Ms. Myers its Diversity Champion award. In 2009 she was chosen as one of The Network Journal’s “25 Influential Black Women in Business,” and in 2008, one of The Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s “Diversity Heroes”.

Prior to establishing VMCG, Vernā was the first Executive Director of The Boston Law Firm Group, a consortium of firms committed to increasing racial/ethnic diversity. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Attorney General of Massachusetts (1997-99), where she executed a comprehensive diversity and inclusion initiative: increasing minority recruitment; conducting diversity and sexual harassment trainings; and performing outreach to the state’s diverse population. Vernā practiced corporate and real estate law in Boston for six years at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP and Fitch, Wiley, Richlin & Tourse, LLP.

Vernā graduated from Harvard Law School and received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Barnard College, Columbia University.


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Arthur Breese, MA, MS
Linda Trompetter, PhD


Building Multicultural Competence

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Geisinger South, Wilkes-Barre, PA
8:30 am – 12 noon

Discover the bottom-line benefits of managing and valuing diversity in the workplace. Replace misconceptions with useful facts and information, while you practice active dialogue and workshop activities. This interactive workshop is suitable for all NEPDEC member groups.

Arthur Breese ,M.A. holds a BS in psychology from Temple University, an MA in education, and an MS in organizational management from Misericordia University. Breese worked for more than 15 years as a family crisis counselor, before moving to academe in the position of Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium and Associate Director of the Diversity Institute at Misericordia University. Breese has completed the Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Program, and presented locally, regionally, and nationally on diversity education and issues, including several presentations for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education. Breese has been the director of diversity and mediation at East Stroudsburg University.

Linda Trompetter, Ph.D established The Diversity Institute at Misericordia University in 1992 and NEPDEC in 1998. She holds an MA and PhD in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and a Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in ethics and medical ethics, from Harvard University. As a tenured professor of philosophy at Southeast Missouri State University, her academic work centered on human rights, prejudice, and discrimination. She spent 20 years at Misericordia University primarily in the roles of Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Associate Academic Dean.. Trompetter currently serves as executive director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium, an independent educational resource for regional schools, colleges, universities, businesses, health care institutions, and government agencies.

Of interest to all NEPDEC member employees.


Student Social

Multicultural Social & Dinner for College Students

NEPDEC invites students from member colleges to get together with colleagues from other colleges in the Wyoming Valley and beyond for an evening of food, fun, and networking.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Wilkes University, Henry Student Center
6:30 pm

For more information please contact:
Erica Acosta, Associate Director of Diversity Initiatives, Wilkes University

(570) 408-7856


Let us pray…or not! Religion & Cultural Competence



James Calderone, EdD


Tuesday, November 12, 2013
East Stroudsburg University, Lower Dansbury Commons
11:00 am-12:30 pm

This workshop raises awareness and increases knowledge about the importance of understanding how religion relates to cultural competence and inclusion initiatives. In an area where discussion can often be contentious and filled with misunderstanding, it is important to develop an understanding of what makes religion important to some, and not important to others. It is essential to include religion and spirituality as a subject for reflection in assessing cultural differences, thus helping us to recognize an individual’s strengths, and understand more fully how prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination based on religion can undermine organizational effectiveness.

We will ignore our mothers’ advice to refrain from discussing religion or politics in polite company, and explore how identifying as a person with or without strong religious beliefs can help us connect or create barriers.

Calderone has a BA from Wilkes University in English, with a Secondary Education Certification, a MA from University of Wisconsin/Madison, and an EdD from Temple in Adult Development. Calderone also holds a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Marywood University.

Calderone is a full professor in the Social Work Department at Misericordia University and a Licensed Social Worker. He has also served as Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education at Misericordia. He has been accepted into the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Jim is active as an ordained priest in the American Catholic Church in the United States, and is director of the St. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pastoral Outreach Center in Kingston, PA.

Dr. Calderone has served on the Advisory Board of the Diversity Institute at Misericordia University, and has been an active diversity consultant and trainer for more than 15 years. He has completed the Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Program, and presented at many national conferences on diversity planning, curriculum, and training. He currently works with Consult4Diversity, a firm providing assessment and training to colleges, universities, healthcare systems, and businesses.


Disability Awareness
with Activist Zarifa Roberson, EdM

Zarifa Roberson

Zarifa Roberson is the CEO/Founder/Publisher of i.d.e.a.l.  (Individuals with Disabilities Express About Life) Magazine Company. She is a person with a disability called arthrogryposis multiplex congentia (AMC), which is a form of arthritis that affects my entire body, but every person who has this disability is different. “In my case, my disability is very mild, so I am very capable with self-care, driving, and living independently. I am very blessed and I thank God every day for my blessings.”

Roberson is from Philadelphia and currently live outside of Baltimore, MD. She is a graduate of Samuel S. Fels High School/Philadelphia, and Millersville University where she received a Bachelor Of Science in Speech Communication with a minor in African American Studies. After college, she returned home to Philadelphia and started a magazine for urban young people with disabilities. In 2004, I she founded i.d.e.a.l. Magazine. In 2005, she returned to Baltimore to attend graduate school at Coppin State University to learn more about people with disabilities. Roberson received her Master of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling from Coppin in 2008. After graduate school, she re-launched i.d.e.a.l. Magazine in January 2010. The mission of i.d.e.a.l. Magazine is to promote positive images of people living with disabilities and continue to eliminate negative stereotypes both within and outside the disability community. The Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities, City Of Philadelphia, presented Zarifa Roberson and i.d.e.a.l Magazine with The 2012 Access Achievement Award.

Presentation I: Disability vs. Sexuality
Monday, November 18, 2013

Henry Student Lounge, Banks Student Life Center
Misericordia University
6:00 pm

What is sexuality? What is a disability? What are the myths about people with disabilities and their sexuality? Have you ever had these questions? Join us for a presentation and discussion about the disabled community and the LBGTQA disabled community .

Presentation II: Black People with Disabilities
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Library,McGowan Room 3rd floor

Misericordia University
6:00 pm

Gather with us to hear from Zarifa Roberson, the CEO of i.d.e.a.l Magazine, as we learn about the functional limitations, the resources and some of the topics that affect the Black community with disabilities.


Ibrahim Almecky, MD

Muslim Culture: Fact and Fiction

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton Campus Room 2001
12:15 – 1:30 pm

Dr. Almecky is an Internal Medicine specialist, practicing in Kingston, PA.  He was born and raised in Egypt, and did his medical education at the University in Alexandria, Egypt.  He functions as the imam (prayer leader) at the Islamic Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania Mosque in Wilkes-Barre, PA. This presentation and question and answer session will focus on clearing up commonly held misconceptions about Islam and Muslims, and help members as they strive to create productive multicultural work groups in their organizations and to serve diverse clientele in competitive markets.


Richard Lavoie, MA, EdD

Understanding Learning Disabilities

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Webinar: A Seminar That Comes to You

Join colleagues at LCCC Educational Conference Center 10:00 am -12:15 pm, or sign-in on your computer.

Please join us either on line or at LCCC for this webinar presentation on Learning Disabilities by one of the nation’s leading experts.  In the first hour we will show his PBS  Video “How Difficult Can This Be”  which dramatizes the class room experience for people with learning disabilities.  In the second hour, Dr. Lavoie will be presenting to us directly on how we can be more effective in helping students with learning disabilities succeed.

Dr. Richard D. Lavoie served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs for 30 years. He holds three degrees in Special Education and holds two Honorary Doctorates in Education from the University of Massachusetts (2003) and Mitchell College (CT – 2007).  He has served as a visiting lecturer at many universities, and has been featured on national television programs, including the TODAY Show, CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, ABC Evening News, and Walt Disney Presents.

Lavoie has served as a consultant on learning disabilities to the Public Broadcasting Service, New York Times, National Center for Learning Disabilities, USA Today, Girl Scouts of America, Child Magazine, INSTRUCTOR Magazine and National Public Radio.

In 2009, Rick was the recipient of the Learning Disabilities Associations of America’s Samuel Kirk award. He has the distinction of having delivered keynote addresses for all three of the major special needs advocacy organizations in the United States (Learning Disabilities Association, Council for Exceptional Children, Children with Attention Deficit Disorder).

Rick is the author of It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success (Touchstone/Simon and Schuster, 2005), which addresses the direct link between learning disabilities and social skills issues that many children face. Rick provides specific strategies for parents, teachers, and caregivers about how to assist the child in making and keeping friends. The Library Journal praised the book as “a breakthrough.”

Many parents and professionals know Rick through his videos How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop, Last One Picked, First One Picked On: The Social Implications of Learning Disabilities, and When the Chips are Down: Learning Disabilities and Discipline.  These classic, award-winning films have brought Rick’s sensitive and compelling message to countless thousands throughout the world.  After viewing the videos, former First Lady Barbara Bush stated, “You really wowed us! I only wish that every parent and teacher in the United States today could also see your program.”

Lavoie’s recent videos Beyond F.A.T. City: A Look Back, A Look Ahead and It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success are among the most widely distributed films in educational media. His book and PBS DVD on student motivation, The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child (2007) have been featured in USA Today.

Rossana Miranda-Johnston




Rossana Miranda-Johnston, MA


Understanding Latino/Hispanic Culture in the USA

Webinar: A Seminar That Comes to You
Tuesday, January, 21, 2014  1-2:30

¡Bienvenidos!  Welcome to our stories and more!

Rossana will introduce us to some stories, faces, facts and challenges that illustrate the diverse experience of Spanish Speakers in the United States.  She will  also share some data and experiences of how the growing presence of Hispanic/Latinos keeps challenging communities in the USA and some tips and strategies to creating inclusive approaches. There will be some quizzes, video clips and a question and answer period.

Rossana is an experienced trainer and coach who delivers client-tailored cross-cultural and leadership training programs to support management, team building, leadership development, cross-cultural communication, diversity and inclusion. She has delivered programs in the United States, Canada, Europe and Latin America. She has also delivered webinars for many global virtual teams.

Born and raised in Mexico, Rossana received a master’s degree in Intercultural Management from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, and has completed a coach-training program at Newfield Network. She is currently working toward completing her International Coaching Federation (ICF) certification.

As a trainer-contractor in the last 15 years, she has delivered over 500 programs on leadership development and working across cultures, with a focus on Spanish-speaking countries. Rossana has also endeavored to share and educate on Latin American/Hispanic experiences in the United States to promote better understanding and integration of some newcomers and their local communities.

Rossana has contributed to an online development tool, Cultural Detective: Mexico, the book Global Diversity: Winning Customers and Engaging Employees within World Markets, and the publication What Every Immigrant Needs to Know.

Her clients include industrial, government, and non-profit sectors. Among them are Apple, ArcelorMital, archer Daniels, Bridgestone, Cargil, Caterpiller, The Mexican Embassy, DaimlerChrysler, Schering Plough, Scotiaband-Inverlat, Hewlitt Packard, Volkswage, WalMart de Mexico, Philips Lighting, Rubbermaid, Honeywell Aerospace, Santander International, and Sherman Williams.

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Sharon Meagher, PhD


Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Webinar:  A Seminar That Comes To You

Join colleagues at King’s College Wilkes-Barre from 10 – 11:30   .It is in Burke Auditorium located in McGowan Hall of King’s., or sign in on your computer.

We learn gender roles from the time of birth; most are so ingrained that we experience them as “natural.”  And yet we know that gender role assignments and expectations vary across time and across cultures.  What are gender roles?  How do we learn them?  What social and political functions do gender roles play in our society?  How might we “unlearn” gender roles that reinforce negative stereotypes, hinder equality, and undermine the ability of humans to achieve their full human potential?  In this interactive workshop, we will explore these questions, critically thinking about both how gender role expectations and norms affect our sense of self, our interpersonal relations, and our family and work dynamics.  We will explore examples from participants’ own lives and experiences as well as those drawn from the international and cross-cultural learning.

Sharon M. Meagher, Ph.D. is Chair of the Department of Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies (LA/W/S), Director of Women’s Studies, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Scranton. A founding member of the University of Scranton’s women’s studies program, she is now founding Chair of the multidisciplinary department (LA/W/S) that houses the women’s studies program.  Meagher led the development of the University of Scranton’s major in Women’s Studies.  Meagher was also a curriculum consultant and first instructor of the master’s degree program in Gender, Culture, and Development at the Kigali Institute of Education in Rwanda.  She has led women’s and gender studies workshops in Mexico, Rwanda, and in the United States.  Meagher’s publications include:  Women and Children First:  Feminism, Rhetoric, and Public Policy (SUNY Press, 2005) and Philosophy and the City:  Classic to Contemporary Writings (SUNY Press, 2008).  She teaches courses on feminist theory, ethics and social justice, urban theory, and women and development in the global South.  Meagher is co-founder and co-Director of the Public Philosophy Network, an organization that supports and encourages publicly engaged philosophical research, teaching, and social action projects.  She is the principal of PraXis Edu, a higher education consulting firm that specializes in civic engagement, diversity, and sustainability education efforts.


Date and Time:  Thursday, March 20, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Location:  Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, King’s College

Duration:  two hours, 7-9 p.m.

Description:  King’s College welcomes actress and comedian Maria Costa!  Costa will screen her award-winning show, Macho Men and the Women Who Love Them: Live from the Kodak Theatre, an insightful and humorous portrayal of gender roles, relationships, cultural diversity, and family dynamics.  Costa co-wrote, co-produced, directs, and stars in this inspirational and comedic one-woman production, which has sold out performances worldwide. In the show, she performs various roles, such as her ultra-macho father and her overly critical mother.  Macho Men has won several awards, including a prestigious Imagen Award for Best Theatrical Production and the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival Maverick Award.  After the screening, Costa will conduct an educational talk-back session in which she will discuss her creative process as a performing artist and writer as well as her experience as a Latina woman in the entertainment industry, having performed in a number of TV series like Ugly Betty and Dangerous Minds.


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Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5-7:00 pm, Wilkes University, Henry Student Center Ballroom

NEPDEC is hosting a two-hour Conversation on Race with our consortium members, the NAACP, and diverse invited leaders in the community. The goal is to begin a dialogue to foster better understanding of our unique cultural experiences. Dr. Eddie Moore, founder of the White Privilege Conference, will help facilitate. For more information, contact Dr. Linda Trompetter at

Friday, April 25, 2014  WHITE PRIVILEGE:GETTING IN ON THE CONVERSATION, 8:30-11:30, Misericordia  University  McGowan Room in Library.  CEU’s for Social Workers and Act 48 for educations is available.

The Northeast Pennsylvania Educational Consortium (NEPDEC) presents:

White Privilege:

Getting in on the Conversations


Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.


Dr. Moore be presenting this interactive, information, challenging and energetic session which examines and explores white privilege/oppression and the imperative that those promoting diversity must ‘get in on the conversations.’ Participants will leave with the skills and knowledge necessary to begin addressing issues of white privilege/oppression individually and institutionally.


Friday, April 25, 2014

8:30 to 11:30

McGowan Room in the Library



Co-Hosted by the Social Work and Education Programs and the Mission Integration Office of Misericordia University


Contact Dr. Linda Trompetter for more information on how to get CEU’s or Act 48 at (570) 2626597

3 Social Work CEU’s

3 ACT 48 hours for Educators


Eddie Moore, Jr. has his Ph.D. in Education/Social Foundations from University of Iowa, his Master of Arts in Education Administration from Loras College, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Cornell College. Recognized nationally and internationally as a dynamic and committed presenter, Eddie seeks to provide ideas, possibilities, opportunities, and the motivation needed for making creative and positive contributions to a fast-paced and evolving society.

Dr. Moore currently serves as Director of Diversity at Brooklyn Friends School in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to holding his position at Brooklyn Friends School, Dr. Moore was Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Intercultural Life at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. In 1999, he founded the White Privilege Conference, now in its 14th year. The next conference session will be held in Madison, Wisconsin on March 26-29, 2014, and is entitled “Building Relationships! Strengthening Communities! Seeking Justice!

In 1996, Dr. Moore founded America & MOORE Research & Consulting, a research and consulting firm. The team, which consists of several on-call presenters in addition to Mr. Moore, has given interactive and motivating presentations to students K-college. Presentations have also been given to parents, community members and organizations, and city and state government managers, focusing on issues of diversity, race relations, community, stereotypes and self-esteem.


  • The Challenges of Diversity and Differences in the workplace and community spaces
  • White Privilege

Dr. Moore’s challenging presentation leaves participants with constructive questions about their personal beliefs, prejudices and biases, and ideas about the way to construct positive changes in personal and institutional thinking, policies, and behaviors.