Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Why are we talking about this?

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | 0 comments

In my work with organizations around topics of diversity, equity and inclusion, I often hear that a few people are asking “Why do we need to talk about this?” This usually happens in organizations that serve very diverse communities, with staffs that aren’t as diverse. And, usually, there’s less diversity in the senior management and board. So, isn’t the answer to that question a no-brainer? Well, actually, no, it isn’t. I am glad...

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Readiness for Multicultural Organizational Change: Hearts, Minds and Cultural Norms

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | 0 comments

Many nonprofit organizations embark on initiatives focused on diversity, inclusion, equity, cultural competence, cultural humility and/or multiculturalism. At the onset, there is usually a group of people—often a diversity committee—involved in planning the initiative. The people in this group are usually eager for, and deeply invested in, change. Then comes the task of engaging the rest of the organization to build buy-in and shared...

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Transformation and Multicultural Organizational Development: What’s the Connection?

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Transformation | 0 comments

Greetings and Happy Spring! Today’s blog was inspired by a conversation with a potential client. The potential client was grappling with how to support organizations that have already done some work around cultural competence and want to engage in multicultural transformation. I hope you enjoy reading and welcome your feedback! How can leaders who want to build transformed, multicultural organizations conceptualize and approach this...

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Responding to Tensions in the Community

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | 0 comments

Dear Laurin, Our organization serves people from different ages and backgrounds in the same facility. Cutbacks in services have resulted in increased tension in the community we serve. Recently we have had some conflict over the use of space for program activities. In one incident, an older white male community member told a group of male youth of color to leave a recreational space so he could use it. When they did not leave immediately, he...

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Overcoming Silos to Build a Multicultural Organization

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | 0 comments

Dear Laurin, During the past decade my organization received funding that enabled us to hire staff for targeted outreach and direct service to Latina and African American communities. While this has greatly expanded our service delivery in these communities, it has also created silos among these programs and inhibited the sharing of learning, support and best practices across all programs. We are an organization with a small staff and a large...

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Balancing Flexibility and Accountability in Working Relationships

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 in Collaborative Communication, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | 0 comments

Below is a “Dear Laurin” submitted by a colleague from one of the organizations I work with. The names have been changed to protect confidentiality, but the situation is real. I work in partnership with other consultants to provide the best combination of experience and skills for my clients. Thanks to Jacqueline Elena Featherston of Featherston & Associates for her partnership on this blog entry. Thanks also to Adele James,...

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