Best Practices in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workshop Series Returns in 2018

In partnership with the YMCA/YWCA, the Inclusive Dubuque Network and the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque are excited to announce the return of the eighth-month peer-learning workshop series Best Practices in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. These monthly learning opportunities empower individuals, businesses, nonprofits and organizations to create pathways that enhance and improve self-awareness, recruitment, retention and workplace culture:

  • Participants will leave each session with tools and processes to put into immediate practice.
  • The learning modules will be led by local diversity and inclusion educators and practitioners. To benefit our learning, each session will include local testimonials about practices that worked and didn’t.
  • The learning modules build on one another. They will provide tools and best practices that can be adapted and made relevant to individuals as well as all sectors and levels of an organization. The tools and best practices will be applicable to a variety of diversity focuses, including race, age, culture, gender expression, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, class or disability.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to develop action steps to support their organization’s equity and inclusion goals.
  • Ongoing mentorship will be available for those who wish to develop concrete action steps and project plans for their organization.
  • Consistent participation will create an atmosphere of trust as we continue to learn how to build harmony, cohesiveness, productivity, and profit in our community and organizations.

We know that for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to be successful, buy-in from the top levels of leadership is needed. We hope that you and/or members of your organization will participate in these modules. 

Monthly Topics:

  1. Return on Investment: Data and statistics on why it is essential for organizations to pay attention to diversity, equity and inclusion due to changing national, state and local demographics. Conducting an honest diversity SWOT analysis will help participants understand where their organization is at in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion. This is the first step to impacting organizational culture. (September 19)
  2. Key Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Concepts: There are many ways to define diversity, equity and inclusion, and organizations need to make sure they are clear on how they are internally defining the concepts. Unless there is a shared understanding of these concepts, there may be confusion and misunderstandings about where an organization is in their diversity, equity and inclusion development, which will impede their work. (October 10)
  3. Organization and Culture: Raise awareness of how your organization’s culture and its norms can contribute to barriers that hinder a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. Topics include understanding implicit and explicit bias, understanding of self-identity and how it can be projected onto others, and how use of the Describe, Interpret, Evaluate Model to help slow down before judging the actions or behaviors of others. (November 14)
  4. Leading Organizations Through Change: Many people think leadership is always visible in an organization. While it is essential to get organizational "leaders" supporting and championing the work, everyone can be a diversity, equity and inclusion leader in their organization. Understanding one's sphere of influence is essential in order to know where to intervene in the organization. Along with the diversity SWOT analysis, Kotter's 8-Step Model is a tool that will help participants begin to lay out a project for their organization. (December 12)
  5. Meeting Organizational Goals: Intent vs. Impact: Develop skills to evaluate whether the impact of your organization’s actions reflect its intentions. (January 16)
  6. Culture and Communication: What Skills are Needed: Practice communication skills in order to navigate cultural differences effectively. (February 20)
  7. Recruitment Strategies: Implement equitable practices to recruit a diverse workforce and/or community partners. (March 20)
  8. Retention Strategies: Implement equitable practices to retain a diverse workforce and/or community partners. (April 17)
  9. Capstone Presentations and Celebrating the Short-Term Wins (May 15)
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Founded in 2002, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque strengthens communities and inspires giving. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life throughout Northeast Iowa by serving donors, making grants to local nonprofit organizations, and providing community leadership through convening and collaboration. Guided by the values of integrity, equity and inclusion, collaboration, excellence and innovation, we seek to ensure a vibrant and inclusive Greater Dubuque region with resources and opportunity for all.