Given the continued emergence of an interconnected society, a global pandemic, and recent protests and unrest calling for racial justice across the country, building organizational capacity for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion is more critical than ever. The need for leaders within social sector organizations to understand and engage the current environment is essential in building an equitable society for all. This journey begins by ensuring all people feel valued at work. It mandates the co-creation of an inclusive workforce that can foster the development of a healthy, productive, and peaceful society in which all people can participate and reach their full potential. During this virtual workshop presented by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, participants will explore their relationship with equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in a safe environment and make progress on developing an EDI action plan for their organizations. Because advancing EDI requires more than just basic knowledge and the will to improve, presenters will help participants understand their own biases as well as the role of historical discrimination, non-inclusive behavioral actions, and culture in creating an unjust society. The workshop will include presentations of valuable information, facilitated discussions, reflection opportunities, and dedicated planning time. In addition to learning about core concepts, participants will put ideas into action with a hands-on, facilitated planning. Participants will have an opportunity to begin developing action plans for advancing the organization’s EDI journey. As such, organizations are encouraged to send multiple employees that together can develop or work on current EDI plans for advancement. Workshop Goals: Participants will have an opportunity to:
a. Increase understanding of how EDI has changed over time within the United States as a result of legislation and currently available EDI data
b. Assess their individual cultural effectiveness and develop goals for growth
c. Examine how biases, racism, and incivility show up and create barriers to building an EDI-enriched workplace culture
d. Understand their organization’s phase of EDI maturity, and how to move to the next phase
e. Explore a multi-faceted approach and ways to co-create an organizational culture that fosters EDI
f. Consider options for addressing critical current issues.
g. Learn a process and develop a skeleton plan for organizational advancement in EDI using results-based strategies