Three Conversations: Diversity and Inclusion – It’s Personal, Organizational and Communal

Date: 03/26/2018

Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Location: The Weinberg Park Heights JCC Board Room

Monday, March 26, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. The Weinberg Park Heights JCC Board Room
Diversity and Inclusion: Touching Hearts and Minds – How Implicit Bias Leads Us Astray
Learn how implicit bias works in our everyday lives. Recognize microaggressions and walk-away with de-biasing techniques
Facilitator: Cheri Wilson, MA, MHS, CPHQ Diversity and Inclusion, Cultural and Linguistic Competence, and Health Equity Subject Matter Expert

Have you ever wondered why our thoughts or actions are disconnected from our professed beliefs? Through a combination of didactic lecture, video clips, interactive exercises, and discussion, participants will learn more about implicit bias and how it affects our everyday lives, with our families, in youth work, elder care, community building, fundraising, and media.

Following the session, participants will be able to:

  •    Identify how implicit bias works in our everyday lives,
  •    Recognize micro-aggressions, micro-assaults, micro-insults, and micro-invalidations, and
  •    Apply take away tips and de-biasing techniques for mitigating implicit bias.

In preparation for the workshop, please visit the Project Implicit website at:
https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/.

Under “Social Attitudes,” continue as a guest and click “Go.”
Select and complete at least 2 Implicit Association Tests (IATs)
Under “Mental Health,” select at least one of the IATs for a mental health topic.

Do not share your individual results.

Be prepared to answer the following questions:

Which IATs did you complete?
What were your reactions to completing the tests?
Were you surprised by the results?

Monday, April 9, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., The Weinberg Park Heights JCC, Community Room
Leadership for Diversity: Including all Voices
Understanding the role identity plays in leadership in your organization
Facilitators: Cherie Brown, CEO and Founder, National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI)
Lawrence “Larry” Bell is a Senior Trainer at NCBI International

Objectives:

  • Learn how to welcome similarities and differences in an organization.
    Learn to appreciate the many different aspects of diversity in an organization, including race, gender, class background, religion, sexual orientation, age
  • Identify the many strengths and struggles we each bring to our leadership based on the different identity groups to which we belong
  • Practice skills for responding effectively in a workplace to oppressive jokes, comments, and slurs
  • Learn a set of practical activities to use in meetings, in order to include everyone’s voice

Monday, April 30, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m., The Weinberg Park Heights JCC, Board Room
Change for the Communal Good

How to Make Small Shifts That Add Up to Audacious Hospitality
Facilitator: April Baskin, Director of Audacious Hospitality, Union for Reform Judaism.

Organizations and congregations can make simple, practical shifts that can have a large impact on current and potential members.  Using principles taken from Jewish text as well as best principles from the fields of diversity, inclusion and equity, we will look at resources in the Audacious Hospitality Toolkit that can inform and support these efforts. Additionally, we will frame our discussion in a deeper understanding of how to move from an inclusion to an empowerment mindset.

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