(Posted September 7, 2010)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- All of us have belief systems and values that guide our interactions with people. A diversity specialist will hold a workshop on how these beliefs affect communication in "Social Identity in the Cultural Context of Diversity" at Juniata College at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16 in Sill Board Room in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

The workshop, facilitated by Mark Rhodes, president of Key Learning Consultants, will focus on how personal and cultural identity develops from infancy through adulthood. By understanding how identity develops, people can more easily understand and work with the ever-changing demographic populations in communities and workplaces across the country.

Key Learning Consultants, based in York, Pa., has conducted workshops at Johnson & Johnson Inc., McNeil Corp., York College and the University of Scranton.

Rhodes is the director of the York City Youth League, a local basketball program and general manager for York City Little League. He serves as chairman of York's Minority Business Development Council.

He has attended Penn State University and York College and is a certified mediator.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.