Culture Friendly Consulting is grateful for the experience and expertise that professional facilitators and panelists bring to CFC trainings. By sharing stories and examples, facilitators provide the necessary context, assist participants with applying theory to practice, and offer practical advice on various workshop topics. They understand that involving the head, hands, heart and humor in a developmental learning process is essential to mastering diversity and inclusion mindsets and skills, as well as intercultural understanding. They are fully aware of the systems that are in place that marginalize members of some groups and reward others. They are all fully engaged in connecting across cultures professionally and personally.
Born and raised in Lima Peru, Katryn Duarte, is currently working as the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline Coordinator at RVAP in Iowa City. Katryn is a bilingual and bicultural sexual assault counselor and advocate; currently providing direct services to survivors of sexual violence and stalking. She has spoken at both state and national conferences. Audiences and program participants included professionals, community members, students and volunteers. Her interests are in social justice with a focus on equity and the invisibility of privilege.
Sunday Goshit, PhD
Sunday Goshit is a frequent CFC facilitator and panelists. Originally from Nigeria, Sunday and his wife have raised their four children here in Iowa City, Iowa. Sunday received his B.S. degree from the University of Jos (Nigeria), and his PhD in Geography from the University of Iowa. Sunday is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, as well as an expert trainer and storyteller. Sunday speaks English, Hausa, Ngas, and has working knowledge of other Nigerian languages.
Motier Haskins is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Iowa’s School of Social Work. In addition, he is an energetic, experienced, and engaging trainer and consultant. Motier earned his graduate degree in Social Work from the University of Syracuse. His professional and research interests include cultural competency training, islamophobia, and social work practices with Muslims. He enjoys leading immersion programs to India on a regular basis.
Claudia “Gabriela” Rivera was born in Toluca, Mexico. She moved from Mexico City to Davenport, Iowa in 1988 to live with family. Coralville is now her home. She received her MA in Student Development in Postsecondary Education from The University of Iowa. Currently she works as a Multicultural Specialist at the Center for Diversity & Enrichment. Gabriela is the mother of three children ages 13-3. She is a member of the UI Latino Council and serves as a board director for the Summer of the Arts, non-profit organization in Iowa City.
Yu Yu is originally from China. She lives in Iowa City with her husband and two children. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a double major in Accounting and Finance, she started her career with Transamerica Financial Advisors as an Investment Financial Advisor. She believes that everyone deserves financial education and can make positive changes in their financial lives with appropriate motivation, education, and support for action. Yu has facilitated Chinese Cultural Etiquette dinners and served on CFC panels.