Pre-Conference Tour: Community Tour and Forum on Intercultural Dialogue and Learning

The Diversity Conference is pleased to announce the Pre-Conference Community Tour and Forum on Intercultural Dialogue and Learning, hosted by the Municipality of Ancient Olympia.

Join other conference delegates the day before the conference for the Pre-Conference Community Tour and Forum on Intercultural Dialogue and Learning, hosted by the Municipality of Ancient Olympia.

Begin the day with bus transport from Patras to Lehaina where you will visit the refugee camp of Myrsini and have the opportunity to speak with refugees, staff, and volunteers. The bus will then continue to Ancient Olympia for a forum with local authorities on policies on integration and other related issues. Following lunch, participants will enjoy a guided tour of the ancient archaeological site of Olympia.


TOUR SCHEDULE
8:00-9:00 Travel to Lehaina
9:00-10:00 Visit the Refugee Camp of Myrsini
10:00-11:00 Travel to Ancient Olympia
11:00-12:30 Forum with Community Representatives hosted in the Municipality's Conference Room (representatives will be from refugee camps and various local authorities)
12:30-13:00 Refreshments and Lunch
13:00-13:15 Break
13:15-15:00 Guided Tour of the Ancient Archaeological Site
15:00-16:30 Return to Patras


Tour Hosted by the Municipality of Ancient Olympia

Pre-Conference Tour Details
Date: Tuesday, 4 June
Time: 8:00-16:30 (8:00-4:30 PM)
Duration: Approximately 8.5 hours
Meeting Location: Front Entrance of the University of Patras - Conference and Cultural Centre (University Campus Rion Achaia 265 04, Greece - click to view map)
Cost: US$30

Booking: Reservations can be made by clicking the button below. Please note, spots on the tour are limited and only reservations that have been paid in full will be considered confirmed. Simply requesting a reservation will not guarantee a place on the tour.

Conference Welcome Reception

The Diversity Conference is pleased to announce the Conference Welcome Reception.

Common Ground Research Networks and the Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations Conference will be hosting a welcome reception at the University of Patras. The reception will be held directly following the last parallel session of the first day, 5 June. Join other conference delegates and plenary speakers for drinks, light hor d'oeuvres, and a chance to converse.

Reception Details
Date:
Wednesday, 5 June
Time: Directly following the last session of the day
Location: University of Patras
Cost: Complimentary to all conference delegates

There is no need to pre-register for this event.

Second Day Sessions and Conference Tours

The Diversity Conference is pleased to announce the Sessions and Tours on the Second Day of the Conference, hosted and co-organized by the Archaeological Museum of Patras.

The second day of the Nineteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations will be held at the Archaeological Museum of Patras, one of the most prominent museums in Greece. Following keynote presentations and the Border Crossing Narratives Panel, join one of two afternoon tours that will examine the 2019 Special Focus, "Border Crossing Narratives: Learning from the Refugee Experience." Lunch and transportation will be provided. Comfortable walking footwear is recommended.

SCHEDULE
8:30-9:00 Conference Registration Desk Open
9:00-9:10 Daily Update
9:10-9:45 Plenary Session
9:45-10:15 Garden Conversation
10:15-10:35 Museum Presentation on Diversity
10:35-11:50 Archaeological Museum of Patras Tour
11:50-12:40 Lunch
12:40-13:40 Border Crossing Narratives Panel
13:40-14:00 Transition Break
14:00-16:00 Group A: Visit to Community Migrant Group of Patras
14:00-15:00 Discussion with Community Migrant Group* representatives, teachers, and students on refugee settlement issues and routes
15:00-16:00 Diversity Panel with Greek academics to discuss refugee education
*This group was established in October 2007 in Patras to support refugee and immigrant rights due to the
inhuman living conditions of refugees in the local area and the efforts to evict them using repressive methods.

Group B: Visit to Oropaidio Art Center
14:00-15:30 Creative Workshop on refugee border stories, run by Andriana Tavatzi, Art Director of Oropaidio*
15:30-16:00 Discussion and debriefing
*In this workshop, delegates will view an artistic enactment of refugee routes based on refugee narratives that is
performed by refugees themselves.


Sessions and Tours Hosted and Co-organized by the Archaeological Museum of Patras

Second Day Sessions and Conference Tours Details
Date: Thursday, 6 June
Time: 9:00-13:40 (sessions) and 14:00-16:00 (tour)
Location: Sessions will be held at the Archaeological Museum of Patras (view map). The tours will depart from the museum in the afternoon.
Cost: Complimentary with conference registration but please book one of the afternoon tours in advance.

Booking: Please see the registration desk at the conference to sign-up for one of the tours. Please note, spaces are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Conference Dinner: Sailing Club of Patras

The International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations is pleased to announce the Conference Dinner.

Join other conference delegates for the conference dinner at the Sailing Club of Patras.

Founded in 1980, the Sailing Club of Patras is one of the largest sailing clubs in Western Greece. Located on the Gulf of Patras, the Sailing Club offers gorgeous views of the sea while its restaurant serves the freshest seafood available.

Dinner will begin with a bountiful array of salads and appetizers, including graviera (fried cheese), calamari, and fish. The main course will be seafood spaghetti, followed by an assortment of desserts and tentura, a liqueur traditionally produced in Patras. Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks are included. Vegetarian options will be available—please select when booking.

Dinner Information
Date
: Thursday, 6 June
Time: 21:00 (9:00 PM)
Location: Sailing Club of Patras, Marina Terpsitheas, Patra 264 41, Greece (view map)
Cost: US$35

Booking: Reservations can be made by clicking the button below. Please note, only reservations that have been paid in full will be considered confirmed. Simply requesting a reservation will not guarantee a place at the dinner.

Closing Session and Award Ceremony

The Diversity Conference is pleased to announce the Conference Closing Session and Award Ceremony

Come join the plenary speakers and your fellow delegates for the Nineteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations’ Closing Session and Award Ceremony, where there will be special recognition given to those who have helped at the conference as well as announcements for next year’s conference. The ceremony will be held at the University of Patras directly following the last session of the day.

Date: Friday, 7 June
Time: Directly following the last session of the day
Location: University of Patras

There is no need to pre-register for this event.