Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Roundtables Begin in October

ENTERPRISE, Ore. (Oct. 2, 2017) – Rural Oregon’s nonprofit organizations are exploring how diversity, inclusion, and equity (DEI) can build understanding, strengthen mission impact, and ensure public benefit. To this end, NEOEDD is organizing a series of roundtable discussions for regional nonprofit board and staff to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. Roundtables will be held Oct. 25 and Dec. 6, 2017; Feb. 7, May 2, Aug. 1, and Nov. 7, 2018; and Feb. 6, 2019.

The first two sessions will be held in La Grande from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including lunch, and will be led by Andrea Cano, a seasoned facilitator and intercultural specialist who has worked with Oregon Humanities, Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Solutions, Nonprofit Association of Oregon, Providence Center for Health Care Ethics, and the Immigration and Refugee Center for Oregon. She recently completed a six-year, governor-appointed post on the State of Oregon’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs, and co-chaired the governance process for the New Portlander Policy Commission. Her sessions will cover:

  • Historical, geographic, demographic contexts of the region
  • Definitions and expressions of DEI
  • Why DEI matters in our rural region
  • Review of historical and current initiatives in the region
  • What is the vision for DEI?
  • How does DEI factor in organizational governance, programming, development, leadership, staffing, and client engagement
  • Elements to consider for transformative work, moving from resistance to response
  • Next steps for subsequent roundtables

Participants will help select the specific training subjects covered at subsequent sessions, content may include subjects such as:

  • DEI and organizational assessment, hiring practices, and board recruitment
  • How to create marketing and communications that are effective and inclusive without offending or tokenizing
  • Developing an equity lens
  • What white privilege is and why it matters
  • Common miscommunication problems among those from different backgrounds: how to understand where the conflict is coming from and how to resolve it
  • How to talk to a board and staff about DEI
  • How to develop inclusion policies that will make a difference
  • How to interrupt racial microaggressions constructively, to avoid blame, shame, and guilt
  • How to recognize and avoid exclusionary or biased institutional practices
  • How foundations analyze an organization’s journey toward equity and inclusion

Participants will be asked for input about the location of future roundtables, which could take place in Baker, Wallowa or Union counties. The cost to attend will be $25 per person per roundtable discussion; those who register in advance for the entire series of 7 roundtable discussions pay $125. Register at http://bit.ly/2k18EBu. Scholarships are available for the series; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598.


This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.


The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. Learn more about its programs and business support at www.neoedd.org.


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