ENTERPRISE, Ore. (Jan. 22, 2018) – Rural Oregon’s nonprofit organizations are exploring how diversity, equity, and inclusion (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 members and staff to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtable will be held Feb. 7, 2018; others are planned for May 2, Aug. 1, and Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 6, 2019.
The Feb. 7 session will be held at the Island City Hall, 10605 Island Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including lunch. The title is “LGBTQ 101,” and will be led by Meg Bowen, quality director at Winding Waters Clinic in Enterprise, and Stef Duncan and Kyrie Weaver of Safe Harbors in Enterprise. Bowen has worked in health care and primary care for more than 30 years and is a Pacific Northwest native. Duncan has worked as a domestic violence and sexual assault victims’ advocate for the past eight years, the last three of which as an LGBTQ-specific advocate in Wallowa County.
Sessions in October and December of last year focused on assessing an organization’s progress in addressing DEI generally, within programs and at the governance level. The February roundtable focuses on a specific element of DEI: how denying human rights to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, or queer members of our community not only threatens those individuals in obvious ways, but is also detrimental to everyone in the community.
“A community that is not safe for all of its members isn’t safe for any of its members,” notes Bowen. “This roundtable will offer history and also present-day implications of fear and bigotry.”
The cost to attend is $25 per person per roundtable discussion. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598. Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neoedd-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-roundtables-tickets-39488870274 or via NEOEDD’s website http://www.neoedd.org/content/lgbtq-101-topic-next-dei-roundtable
This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.
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