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SAIS Conference Speaker Profile: Dr. Donna Hicks

Wednesday, September 7, 2016  
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By Christina Mimms, SAIS

Educators keep long lists of what they want for their students: a strong curriculum, extracurricular opportunities, service programs, and something less tangible – solid moral character. With that, a discussion about the concept of dignity fits right in. At this year’s SAIS Annual Conference, Dr. Donna Hicks, author of Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict, will offer insights about how this concept can be applied in a school environment, both for employees and students.

In her keynote address on Sunday, October 23, Hicks will provide a basic understanding of what dignity truly means, as many people confuse dignity with respect. She will explain the dignity model she has designed, which includes ten ways to have dignity honored as well as ten ways that dignity can be violated. And she will also share some compelling research about dignity she has uncovered.

“The dignity model has resonated with so many groups,” Hicks said. “Educators have said that they need to put this concept into their curriculum and into their school culture.”

Her talk will show educators how they can apply the model to their schools and to interpersonal relationships with colleagues and others. Hicks has worked with corporations, non-profits, government groups, as well as schools. She also helped to design a “kid-friendly” curriculum for 3rd graders at Trinity Valley School in Ft. Worth, TX.

“Dignity is a universal common denominator among humans,” Hicks said. “Treating people as if they matter is a concept we can apply in schools, in churches, in workplaces, and in all parts of our lives.”

Don’t miss Dr. Hicks’ keynote address at 5 PM on October 23 at the SAIS Annual Conference in Atlanta in the main ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia. Register here for the conference. 


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