Preaching to the Choir
Preaching to the choir is a necessary activity. Some choir members don't know the song, others need help staying on key. So the choir must practice. The same hold true for those of us in the helping professions. We must expand our knowledge about different cultures, changing demographics and the shifts and trends occurring in the popular culture.
It is our aim to empower Attorneys, Social Workers, Law Enforcement Officers and Human Resource Managers and Educators with new knowledge and examine each of our implicit bias so that we can be aware of our personal/professional bias to eliminate the barriers that create discriminatory practices in our field of work, in the lives of our constituents and in society at large.
What people say about us...
Andre is a very effective teacher. He uses a very common sense approach to discuss what could be difficult topics. He is excellent at building on participants' own experiences to reveal not only how some widely held beliefs can hold a community back, but how that same community can overcome them. ~Sacil Armstrong, Newport News
Andre sparked our interest and pricked our minds and hearts to become a person of change. ~Jill Weinmaster, Robbinsdale
I have no doubt that Andre's style, humor and delivery enhances the probability that his intended message will be heard, digested and learned. ~Tom Kelly, Wright County Attorney
Andre delivered a very inspiring presentation! Our students established almost an immediate connection with him and could easily relate with the stories he shared. Thank you very much for 'recycling our minds' and providing a different perspective on diversity issues to our students! ~Julia Miller, Roseville
Andre has a wonderful way of communicating so that our defense mechanisms and fear do not get in the way of learning about diversity and inclusion. He is a natural presenter and very easy to listen to. Staff appreciated his presentation on Race, Poverty and Wealth and responded very favorably on the evaluations. Some have scheduled him to speak at their department all staff meetings to continue to create awareness on issues of diversity and inclusion with co-workers. ~Maureen Connaughty, Stillwater
Andre always leaves us wanting to know more and motivated to do better.
Very good - appreciated his approach to diversity.
Andre was awesome!
We have used Mr. Koen is several capacities and he always delivers a relevant, meaningful and educational experience
Amazing, wonderful, up lifting, and eye opening
Best Diversity Workshop/Training I ever attended
Andre's purpose is to reconnect people to their Dignity and Honor in Being Human.