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WORKTRENDS - SAVE THE DATE:      February 20, 2015

For the annual “Worktrends” event… Introduction to Arabic Culture and Islam

This workshop will be conducted in the Center for Meeting and Learning (CML) conference facility on the main campus of Lane Community College. The annual one-half day LCHRA "worktrends" workshop runs from 7:15a.m. until noon.  In addition to the interactive presentation, the time segment includes registration, buffet breakfast, networking, adequate breaks, LCHRA business and sponsor recognition. Please speak with others in your organization who might benefit or be interested in attending this fabulous event! Registration fees are expected to be: $60 for LCHRA members/$75 for non-members; $15 for students. Certification credit for HRCI is expected and currently pending.  Interested in attending? Email for details.

About this event:

Since the first Gulf War in the summer of 1990 and the September 11, 2001 Attack on the United States, much of our nation’s attention has been focused on the atrocities in the Middle-East from Iraq to Iran; from Afghanistan to Pakistan, from Syria to Egypt, and today’s recent movement by ISIS.At the same time, there are over 10 million Arabs and other ethnicities from the Middle-East who call United States home.Many of these immigrants are an untapped resource waiting and eager to become a part of the American workforce.


  • With all the negative attention toward people from the Middle-East, is your organization ready for having someone from such ethnicity to be a part of the organization?
  • Does your organization’s recruitment, hiring, and retention practices take into account the cultural nuances of those from the Middle-East?
  • Are your employees adequately trained to welcome people from the Middle-East into your workforce?
  • Do your supervisors and managers know how to coach and supervise your employees who are from the Middle-East?
  • Do your supervisors and managers know how to properly interview and/or investigate an incident involving an employee from the Middle-East?
  • Are your supervisors and managers familiar with the Islamic holidays, prayer considerations, and legal issues associated with prayer and religious attire in the workplace?

In the Introduction to Arabic Culture and Islam, Sam Kamkar provides insight to the Arabic and Middle Eastern culture, mindset, and social structure, as well as the religion of Islam with practical applications for any organization intent on educating their workforce about this topic.  This dynamic seminar has been found to be useful by professionals from a variety of disciplines to include both private and public sector.

By attending this workshop, participants will develop an understanding of the cultural differences in order to make the business case for continued diversity and inclusion in their organization.

About the speaker:

Sam Kamkar is a national-level teacher and consultant on Arabic Culture, Islam and Radical Islam; he conducts state-wide teaching and consulting in Tactical Ethics, Biased Based Policing – Racial Profiling, Diversity and Profiling in Contemporary Policing.

Sam Kamkar is the only Middle-Eastern police officer in the state of Oregon and the only officer to speak Farsi. Kamkar’s knowledge of Middle-Eastern culture, Islam and his language ability has helped with numerous criminal investigations.

Captain Sam Kamkar began his law enforcement career at Portland Police Bureau as a police cadet in 1991 and then became a reserve police officer. In 1994, he joined Oregon State Police as a trooper. Captain Kamkar has been with Eugene Police since 1997.

Today, Captain Kamkar oversees the Department’s finance, payroll, grants, contracts, fleet, facilities, internal affairs, training, policy and accreditation, crime analysis, strategic planning, police commission, volunteers in policing, chaplains, background investigations, recruitment, hiring, human resources and labor.

Captain Kamkar’s family immigrated to the United States after the 1979 revolution in Iran during which the Persian King, known as Shah, was deposed and replaced by Ayatollah Khomeini. In 1989 Kamkar became a US Citizen and has been an Oregonian for almost 25 years.

While at Eugene Police, Captain Kamkar has progressed through the Department’s ranks from police officer, to sergeant, then lieutenant and acting captain. He has been a watch commander, training manager, patrol supervisor, downtown team supervisor, crowd control bike team commander, background team supervisor, and the UO campus unit supervisor. As a line level officer, in addition to general patrol, Kamkar worked as a school resource officer, UO campus police officer, background investigator, major collision investigator, academy instructor, field training officer, and a mentor for new recruits. He also has served on the department’s Honor Guard Team. He helped to manage the security operation during the 2008 and 2012 Eugene Track and Field trials as well as events such as the Eugene Marathon.

In 2002 Captain Kamkar received the City of Eugene’s employee of the year award for his contributions toward protecting the members of the Eugene community that were targeted based on their race, religion, and ethnicity in the local aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. In 2005, Captain Kamkar received the Mary Carol Norenberg Humanitarian award for developing and delivering cultural competency training for City employees. The same year, he received the Distinguished Service Award for helping to save the life of a man drowning in Delta Ponds. In 2008 he received the Meritorious Service Award for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the department’s training program. In 2012, he received a Class II Commendation for his role as Liaison between the City of Eugene leaders and Occupy Eugene.

What others have said about Captain Kamkar’s training events:

I can’t remember a time when I attended a training that captured my attention and interest every second of the session. And so many others who attended voiced similar opinions.

Shelley Whitaker -Executive Assistant to AVP | University of Oregon – Campus Operations


Diversity training that was informative, educational, and fun! Simply put, Sam’s class was outstanding.

Lieutenant Herb Horner | University of Oregon Police Department

Information acquired from and further biography, testimonials and training information can be found at:

Watch for registration information via email or for additional information please contact LCHRA’s co-chair for Diversity, Kristy Dobson at .  We hope to see you next month for this exciting event! 



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