Brainstorming: The Human Connection

SDHC, in cooperation with longtime SDHC scholar and educator, Lawrence Diggs, has developed a program to unite people during divisive times through genuine conversation.

Brainstorming: The Human Connection is a weekly discussion series led by Diggs with a focus on forging human relationships. This program is inspired by the guiding question, “How can we remove the invisible barriers that lead to misunderstandings and even tragedy?”

Audience participation is encouraged. Please note that meetings are recorded – If you would prefer not to be on the recording, you can attend and listen with your video and/or microphone turned off, or participate via Facebook. Previously recorded videos are available on Facebook and YouTube.

Lawrence Diggs

“I get a deep and ecstatic satisfaction from people learning even one little thing about themselves or overcoming some block that was keeping them from progress in their lives. I believe these brainstorming discussions can lead to better understandings between people.” – L. Diggs

Upcoming Brainstorming Topics

March 2 | Teacher Recruitment & Retention in South Dakota – Dr. David DeJong, Dean of the College of Education at Dakota State University, joins SDHC Scholar Lawrence Diggs to share some updates about teacher recruitment and retention in South Dakota.

March 9 | The Role of an Archivist – Tawa Ducheneaux, Oglala Lakota College Archivist and SDHC Board Member, joins SDHC Scholar Lawrence Diggs to share details about her role as an archivist.

March 16 | Leadership South Dakota – Rick Melmer, Executive Director of Leadership South Dakota, joins the program to share information about the organization’s purpose, people, and plans.

March 23 | Oaye Luta Okolakiciye – Gene Tyon, Founder and Executive Director of Oaye Luta Okolakiciye, will talk about the Lakota-based nonprofit that promotes healing through prevention, intervention, education, and cultural identity development.

March 30  | Community Relations Commission – LaFawn Janis, Coordinator of the Community Relations Commission in Rapid City, joins SDHC Scholar Lawrence Diggs to share updates about the organization whose purpose is to protect equal opportunities for all citizens of Rapid City by resolving conflict, settling complaints of discrimination, and promoting cooperation within the community.

NOTE: SDHC expects program participants to behave respectfully. Any questionable conduct may be considered grounds for removal from program participation.

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