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Focused Series

Independence Foundation offers grantees the opportunity to take deeper dives into issues.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Enhancing Cultural Awareness

Enhancing Cultural Awareness

In response to feedback from grantees, this diversity, equity and inclusion content focused series provides a deep dive into issues of race and racism in the workplace. This series was created in consultation with Keva White of VIP Community Services.  It is considered introductory and is focused on raising individual awareness about issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.  The series will be facilitated by Keva White and Jill Merriweather of VIP Community Services.   Content includes: Raising Awareness in a Multi-cultural Workplace, Promoting DEI in the Workplace/Examining Everyday Microaggressions, Race and Social Justice, and Diversity and Oppression.

Who can participate?

All grantee organizations are eligible to apply to this program. One to two staff participants per grantee, with priority given to organizations with a budget below $1 million. Participants must be nominated by the Executive Director (who may also self-nominate). Executive Directors are encouraged to nominate staff members who are in leadership positions and possess a strong commitment to the topic.  Participants must complete Enhancing Cultural Awareness to be eligible to participate in Transforming Awareness to Action (see below).

How many participants are allowed per series?

A maximum of 30 participants

This four-week series is offered twice yearly. Participants must commit to four two-hour weekly sessions.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Transforming Awareness to Action

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Transforming Awareness to Action

This series focuses on organizational implementation of workplace practices related to diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.  Created in consultation with Keva White and Jill Merriweather of VIP Community Services, this series includes participation in smaller learning communities and development of action plans and practices for the workplace.  The content of this series is facilitated by Keva White and Jill Merriweather, and Learning Communities are facilitated by Keva, Jill and Heather McDanel of the Independence Foundation.  Content includes Developing Equity Teams, Anti-racism Action Planning, Teaching Tolerance/Learning for Justice and Sustaining DEI Workgroups.

Who can participate?

All grantee organizations who have completed Enhancing Cultural Awareness are eligible to apply to this program. One to two staff participants per grantee, with priority given to organizations with a budget below $1 million. Participants must be nominated by the Executive Director (who may also self-nominate). Executive Directors are encouraged to nominate staff members who are in leadership positions and possess a strong commitment to the topic.

How many participants are allowed per series?

A maximum of 24 participants

This five-week series is offered twice yearly. Participants must commit to five two-hour weekly sessions.

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