Want To Improve Communication in Your Workplace? Healthy Living Council Hosts Free March 19 Event

Want To Improve Communication in Your Workplace? Healthy Living Council Hosts Free March 19 Event

Area employers are invited to take part in a free virtual event on improving communication in the workplace.

The Healthy Living Council of Greater Aurora is offering the online, interactive program, “Advancing Workplace Wellness Utilizing Nonviolent Compassionate Communication,” from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. March 19, via Zoom. To register for the free workshop, click on this link.

The presenter will be Dr. J.Q. Adams, Faculty Emeritus at Western Illinois University, whose career has focused on multicultural education. Adams has led numerous workshops addressing cultural diversity issues for faculty, students, student services personnel, and civil service employees at WIU, and has facilitated community workshops on nonviolent, compassionate communication in cities throughout the Midwest.

Adams has a PhD from the University of Illinois in educational psychology. Before his tenure at Western Illinois University, he served as the Director of Minority and Intercultural Affairs at Joliet Junior College; was the first Director of the Urban Education Program  at Illinois State University; and developed and taught Dealing with Diversity, a 24-hour teleclass produced at Governors State University and distributed through the PBS Adult Learning Service.

Besides the focus on college and university staff and students, his workshop participants have included postal workers, human rights commissioners, railroad employees, law enforcement officers, mental health professionals and people all across the job spectrum.

This Workplace Wellness discussion is intended to help employers and employees:

  • Deepen their understanding of nonviolent communication.
  • Cultivate compassionate listening and honest expression skills.
  • Transform conflict into compassionate dialogues.

The program will allow participants to network with other professionals to share best practices, support one another, and improve the holistic health of their collective workplaces.

For more information, contact Michael Isaacson, Assistant Director for Community Health with the Kane County Health Department, at isaacsonmichael@co.kane.il.us.

About Dr. J.Q. Adams

Dr. J.Q. Adams has spent his entire academic career studying and teaching about multicultural education and diversity. His degrees include a bachelor in philosophy degree from Michigan’s Grand Valley State University, a master’s degree in alternative education from Indiana University, and a doctoral degree in educational psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

He spent more than 25 years at Western Illinois University (WIU) where he created and taught undergraduate and graduate multicultural courses and was recognized for excellence as a teacher and a mentor. He has served as acting director of African American studies and as director of the educational opportunity program, as liaison for Golden Apple Scholars, and on the Illinois State Board of Education’s Teacher Certification Board.