Working with cultural diversity topic of lunch


— The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is giving employers and other community members the opportunity to become educated about integrating cultural diversity into the community by sponsoring a Business 2 Business Luncheon today at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The luncheon is $15 per person, and a question-and-answer session will follow from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
The luncheon will feature guest speaker Jack Mudry of the "How to Survive in America" Community Connection Program.
The program, out of Pitkin County, requires those people from other countries who commit minor violations of the law to take the "How to Survive in America" class. Often the participants are not even aware their actions were illegal.
The class teaches participants how to live in the United States.
At the luncheon, Mudry will explain the components of the class as well as address how to assist international employees in their work and home life. He will also talk about how to receive training to deal with cultural differences within the community and work place.
Colleen Miller of the chamber said when employers learn how to assist international workers in their work and personal lives, their businesses ultimately benefit because their employees are able to work more efficiently.
"Although dealing with international cultures is not really a problem in Steamboat, the population of these different cultures will continue to grow," Miller said. "For the most part, they are good employees but communication is difficult. This (luncheon) will give methods on how to improve communication between employers and their international employees."
The Visiting Nurse Association has set up a class in Spanish for pregnant Hispanic women where they can get preregistered at the hospital and meet other women in the same situation. Colorado Mountain College has started advertising the English as a Second Language course it offers in Spanish.


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