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Moving Beyond Diversity to Inclusion

October 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 7:30 pm

How do organizations create an environment where people feel they can actively participate, and where their contributions are respected and valued? This workshop is about taking that next step toward moving beyond the individualism of diversity to the systemic and cultural change needed to build inclusive organizations.

Learning objectives:

Sharing of best practices on how to move from representation to inclusion
Understanding the role of implicit bias and impact on leadership, hiring, staffing and decision-making
Learning to have courageous conversations about race
The role of intentionality — orientation to an inclusive culture that is self-perpetuating through organizational systems, policies, and practices
Discussion-based learning

The commitment and leadership needed throughout this long process
Developing awareness about white dominant cultural norms and bias against people of color
Understanding micro-aggressions
Differentiating between diversity and inclusion
Understanding power and privilege
Defining institutional racism and its manifestations within an organization
Creating safe spaces for courageous and difficult conversations about race
Allowing for the co-creation of ideas

Staff at all levels of an organization can benefit from this training which examines the basic concepts and distinctions between diversity, inclusion and equity. Organizations that are at the early stages of considering how diversity, inclusion and equity are integrated into their work or beginning an internal process will also benefit.

Trina Jackson has nearly 20 years of community-based experience as an organizer, facilitator, and strategist in the social justice movement. Her background includes activism within communities of color in Boston and working with nonprofits, facilitating community dialogues, and consulting on issues of anti-oppression, civic engagement, economic justice, racial justice, leadership development, collaboration, and movement building.

Trina’s approach is to explore the intersections of sociopolitical identity and the lived experience; to work for structural and institutional change; to use reflective, participatory and cultural practices for deeper connections between communities directly impacted by oppression; and to construct new narratives which advance social transformation and achieve justice for all.

She is currently the Community Engagement Manager at TSNE MissionWorks and led the organization’s grantmaking program, the Inclusion Initiative, from 2013-2018. She also co-coordinates a community-based grassroots project, the Network of Immigrant and African American Solidarity (NIAAS), which seeks to build solidarity between African Americans and immigrants of color through storytelling.

Deeply committed to global struggles for social justice, Trina traveled to Palestine and Israel in October 2014 as part of an African Heritage Delegation with Interfaith Peace-Builders to identify common issues and forge relationships with Palestinians and other communities of color around human rights.

Trina also produced “Grown By Herself”, a multimedia project honoring the rituals, practices, and stories of black women gardeners and farmers. She is writer, nature photographer, traveler, and yoga practitioner. She holds a B.A in Sociology from Goddard College.

P. Stewart Lanier is a senior associate with TSNE MissionWorks’ Consulting and Executive Transitions group. With over 25 years of experience supporting and guiding nonprofit and faith-based organizations through developmental and transformational change, Stewart has made an impact in a variety of nonprofit sectors including community organizing, education, healthcare, youth development, state government, networks, and coalitions. He has a particular interest in supporting nonprofit leaders in assessing strategic opportunities and vulnerabilities, developing sustainability and succession plans, and guiding nonprofits through executive and organizational transitions. He has long been active in supporting anti-racism efforts in nonprofit leadership and raising awareness of white supremacy culture and is currently collaborating with colleagues in developing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies within a change management framework. Stewart is the 2016 recipient of the Drylongso Award for anti-racism work from Community Change, Inc. He has served as the interim executive in nine organizations, including City Life/Vida Urbana, The City School, Bikes Not Bombs, Access Strategy Fund, and The Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. An ordained United Methodist minister, he began his professional career as a pastor. In addition to holding a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Stewart received experiential training in inclusion and whole systems processes from American University, earning a Master of Science degree with distinction in Organizational Development.

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October 18, 2018
1:00 pm - 7:30 pm