2010, the CFI has partnered with the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, and Families at Work, Inc. to plan an annual institute on working with culturally & linguistically diverse communities. Please check back to this site as we load information from each of those years’ events.

Please join us on October 7, 2016 at the Michaux House at St James Episcopal Church at 1133 W Franklin Street, Richmond for the 6th annual Building Bridges Institute: a Diversity Unconference focused on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Unconferences are participant driven; providing opportunities for informal exchanges of information, peer to peer learning, collaboration, and creativity. This one day institute features:

    • Inclusive Communities
    • Building Bridges with Law Enforcement
    • Trauma Informed Approaches
    • Bullying/Harassment
    • Multicultural Curriculum for K12 and Higher Education
    • And Much More!

For more information about the Building Bridges Institute, please email Dana Yarbrough at