An Inside Look at the Culture of Racism, Recovery and Resiliency (CR3) Series

Join Shirley Burks and Gevon Daynuah as they discuss the blueprint for creating a yearlong diversity, equity and inclusion series for UWM’s School of Continuing Education. This acclaimed series (attracting over 300 participants) was developed in response to the heightened visibility of racial injustices seen throughout the world during 2020. The goal was to increase awareness of the implications of racial tension and disparities, to educate and to provide solutions for community members. Through a step-by-step process, you will be guided on how they brought together community stakeholders and educational leaders while gaining buy-in from institutional leadership. Learn how you can apply these lessons to your employee series, ERGs or staff development programs. Gain tips on marketing, implementation and evaluation.


Shirley Burks

Shirley J. Burks holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in organizational management. Her educational background includes numerous professional development programs such as: Project Management, Essentials of Management Development Certificate, Faculty College (UWM), Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) certification, Train the Trainer Certificate and various continuing education topics related to capacity building issues.

Burks currently serves as the unit leader of the Community and Professional Development Unit within UWM’s School of Continuing Education. The unit is comprised of four departments and nearly 20 staff members. Burks directs the programming activities within the Governmental Affairs department in addition to leading several workshops on organizational development, change management, stress and time management, multi-generational workplace, and critical thinking skills development. She is responsible for the planning, development and marketing of new and existing public administration and nonprofit management workshops for both the public and customized contract trainings within the department.

Burks has extensive knowledge and more than 20 years experience working in the nonprofit sector. She has worked in various capacities as a director, employment recruiter, workshop facilitator, admissions and training specialist, and instructor. Her background includes program and curriculum development, as well as overall project implementation and evaluation.

Burks’ training experience spans various educational levels from primary school through adult continuing education. Burks has presented trainings for numerous organizations locally and internationally including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Solutions Inc. (Cairo, Egypt), The Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, Girl Scouts of Milwaukee Area, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Employee Solutions Inc., YMCA Community Learning Centers, Milwaukee Business Technical College, Milwaukee Public School System and The New Opportunities Program (teen pregnancy services).