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2024 ACI Breakfast Forum: Harnessing the Power of Inclusion

Please join us to share ideas and perspectives to create actionable steps that enhance how we learn and work. Using the best strategies for inclusive engagement differentiates the most successful workplaces and campuses in Illinois.

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Joachim “Gabe” Calalang lives by a motto tattooed on his arm, “Heart Over Height,” which he says encourages him, especially as a basketball player. Calalang played in high school and has been part of the Rockford University men’s basketball team the past three seasons. “I’m 5-6. I’m a point guard,” he says. “The meaning of Heart Over Height means that it doesn’t matter how tall you are, where you go, or where you’re from. If you have heart, nothing can stop you.” Those same words encourage Calalang in life and in his work to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Rockford University.

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