These conference sessions will help advance your DEI learning journey:
Tuesday, October 17th
SESSION: Leverage Technology to Meet BIPOC Nonprofits Where They Are
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
BIPOC-led organizations vital to health of communities of color were forced to close their doors after the COVID-19 pandemic. This outcome exposed philanthropy’s systemic disinvestment in BIPOC-led nonprofits through chronic underfunding. It unveiled the need for more equitable approaches to building organizational capacity. This session will showcase how grantmakers can provide community leaders with resources and space to work on the urgent issues that matter through targeted, infrastructure support and coaching.
- Envision how to support BIPOC community leaders by freeing their time and meeting them where they are.
- Highlight learnings and outcomes of funders who leverage technology to deploy trust-based principles in real time.
- Identify ways to shift towards more trust-based responsive grantmaking while capturing impact in parallel.
This session is supported by Resilia.
Wednesday, October 18th
SESSION: Actionable Ways to Support Nonprofit Leaders of Color
When you partner, fund, and connect with nonprofit leaders of color, you leverage all your community investments. This session will offer immediate and long-term strategies to support greater equity and impact through your philanthropy by increasing engagement and investment in nonprofit leaders of color.
- Restate how funding leadership development supports a representative and thriving region
- Identify ways leadership development programs can be more accessible and welcoming
- Recognize how to use your communications to connect and raise the visibility of leaders
Thursday, October 19th
SESSION: The Onion Dialogues: Peeling back the Layers of Racism
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Join a structured conversation about racial equity and social justice designed to help you, your board, your staff and constitutients learn to talk about and examine personal lived experiences, language, history, White supremacy and White centeredness, invisibility and complexity of racism, and microaggressions and subtle acts of exclusion. Like an onion, exploring racial inequities is a process that must be peeled back a layer at a time. The Onion Dialogues are designed to call people in, not call people out.
- Repeat key words and phrases affecting race and racism as well as key historic events beginning in 1619 to today
- Identify microaggressions and subtle acts of exclusion in order to serve as an ally
- Express next steps for personal growth as well as action steps on an individual, interpersonal, organizational, and societal level