Diversity Awareness for Effective Nonprofits


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Today’s workforce and organizations are increasingly diverse. Effective non-profits need to be capable of welcoming, including, utilizing and working with diverse people, perspectives, styles, and experiences for overall success and capacity.

This presentation offers practical tools and concepts designed to resolve tensions, utilize strengths, support collaboration, and create more welcoming environments.

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Diversity Awareness for Effective Nonprofits

  1. 1. Sponsored by:A ServiceOf:Diversity Awareness for EffectiveNonprofitsBill Say, M.A.April 17, 2013
  2. 2. Sponsored by:A ServiceOf:Advising nonprofits in:• Strategy• Planning• Organizational Developmentwww.synthesispartnership.com(617) 969-1881info@synthesispartnership.comINTEGRATED PLANNING
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  5. 5. Welcome!Diversity Awareness forEffective Non-ProfitswithBill Say
  6. 6. Early US Diversity work
  7. 7. Women are driving employment• One of the most striking economic events inrecent times has been the entry of large numbersof women into the workforce.• (http://www.dpiap.org/resources/pdf/global_diversity_rankings_2012_12_03_20.pdf)
  8. 8. The U.S. workforce is undoubtedly becoming morediverse. As of June 2012 people of color made up 36percent of the labor force.
  9. 9. Gay and transgender workers make up 6.28 percent ofthe US workforce today.
  10. 10. People who are both LGBT and members of a racial orethnic minority will often face the highest level ofhealth disparities
  11. 11. Diversity Awareness creates a feeling ofhome: for all !
  12. 12. Conflicts can lead to community
  13. 13. Diversity is Exciting!
  14. 14. The most marginalperson, perspectiveor experience mayprovide the solution
  15. 15. The leader may be unlikely
  16. 16. The best friends are sometimes unlikelyones
  17. 17. An inclusive enough map/model ofdiversity willhelp us get to our goals
  18. 18. A model of diversity includes:• Analysis of social conditions, past andpresent• Philosophy, goals, and practices• Internal and external realities• Objective and subjective realities
  19. 19. We are all diverse!All individuals and groups arediverse
  20. 20. Role Awareness:the process ofnoticing positionsandpoints of view
  21. 21. Exercise: Diverse Roles1) Bring to mind your non-profit or other group.Then think of an issue that you would like to seeaddressed by and in the group.2) Imagine two people (roles) that come forward todebate this issue. Call one "mainstream" and one"other." What does "mainstream" say? Then listento "other." Listen carefully to what this one has tosay.3) Which side is closest to your views on thisissue? How have you also experienced the otherpart in yourself? Can you embrace this part more?
  22. 22. Ways to use role work internally1) You can use inner work with roles to help therelationship between you and any bothersome,disturbing, or simply different role or person.2) Your group might start using inner work withroles to start gaining more ability to holddiverse or conflicted roles.
  23. 23. Exploring diverse roles in a group1) Form as a large group to explore diverse orpolarized roles. Start by naming two roles: e.g.,“mainstream” and “marginal.”2) Next, form small groups of 4 people. 2 will bewitnesses. 2 will be “workers” with oneexpressing the “mainstream” one, and theother person expressing the “marginal” one.Spend a few minutes and then debrief notingwhat you learned or found meaningful. Thenrotate roles so the witnesses can now work.3) Come back as a large group and share yourexperiences and learning.
  24. 24. A sample survey• What is your definition of diversity?• What’s the hardest thing here for you regarding diversity?• With regard to diversity and the group, what are the strengths?• Who or what is “other” or most marginal in the group? What quality,energy, style, perspective, etc., is being expressed by this one?• Is the environment here inclusive and welcoming?• When considering your own diverse nature, style, and gifts, do you feelwelcome and included?• How safe would you feel discussing issues of diversity here? If not safe, whatwould you need to feel safer?• Where would you like to see the organization head in its relationship withdiversity?
  25. 25. Diversity awareness isintimately linked to health,sustainability, and deeper levelsof democracy
  26. 26. Thanks for joining in!Bye for now!bill@billsay.com
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