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Aug

Building Mutual Respect and Trust

Workshop Description

Mutual respect and trust are essential parts of healthy and productive work environments, but how do we create it? This work requires openness, effort, and skill-development, and it has particular challenges when working with people we think of (consciously or subconsciously) as not “like us.” This workshop will provide concrete tools for cultivating trust and respect, laying the foundation for nurturing successful work relationships.

About the Presenter(s)

Tasha Harmon is the founder of New Perspectives Facilitation, Coaching and Training. She combines over 25 years of professional experience in organizational development with skills as a co-active coach to support people in community-focused organizations who want to work more easily, creatively, and effectively. She has worked with a wide variety of organizations including schools, libraries, community-based and national nonprofits, government agencies, and small businesses. Tasha works on a wide variety of issues related to decision-making, communication, team-building, problem solving, facilitation, leadership development, and building the capacity for, and managing, change.

Website

Tasha-Harmon.com

Handout(s)

1) Tools For Standing In Curiosity Handout

30
Aug

Institutional Equity: Shift Your Outcomes by Shifting Your Systems

Workshop Description

When you look at the outcomes of your work, are you advancing racial equity? Or are you replicating systems of racial injustice, despite your best intentions? In this workshop, we start by reviewing the difference between equity and equality. Then we introduce you to our sun model, which illustrates how your agency’s values and practices lead directly to the outcomes you are seeing. You will have a chance to apply a simple equity analysis to a key organizational issue and brainstorm actions you could take to shift toward racial equity in your outcomes.

About the Presenter(s)

Teri Pierson

A facilitator, trainer, and mediator with Resolutions Northwest and in private practice, Teri Pierson has been facilitating groups for over a dozen years and has trained on topics related to equity and inclusion for more than two decades. A white bisexual woman who grew up here in Portland, Teri is committed to stepping up to her own learning edges to become more effective at advancing racial and social justice.

Carlos Windham

Carlos Kareem Windham has nearly twenty years professional experience training, and advocating for social justice, racial equity, and community empowerment. Carlos’ extensive community work for global justice is deeply informed by his sensibilities and understanding of power dynamics at the intersection of race, class and gender.

Website

resolutionsnorthwest.org

Handout(s)

1) Equity Checks

2) Equity Sun Framework and Worksheet

30
Aug

Communal Intelligence

Workshop Description

People have different stories and deserve to be appreciated within their personal, cultural and historical contexts. Human experiences have universal aspects but to think that everyone is the same conceals the differences and injustices. We all grow up in a more or less segregated place and are socialized to think in certain ways and behave following certain values and norms that are based on racial, class, gender and sexual orientation attributes. We then tend to think these experiences are universal and become blind to the differences. We develop unconscious blind spots and biases and don’t understand the relationship and compliance challenges that come up.

Emotional intelligence (Goleman 1995) is the ability to put oneself in someone else’s shoes and process emotions and conflicts. Communal intelligence is the ability to understand and value community relationships in their social and cultural contexts. As a service provider one first step towards communal intelligence is to unmask the disparities by dismantling your own and your partners’ or participants’ experiences. In this session we will explore the basics of communal intelligence and practice steps to create trusting relationships based on communal intelligence methods.

About the Presenter(s)

Pierre has 32 years of experience integrating a multidisciplinary approach to work and life. Trained as a physician with specialty in tropical medicine, psychosocial and rehabilitation medicine and in health psychology. He has an additional 10 years of training in process-oriented psychology and 12 years of community based work with refugees and immigrants. Pierre is an effective analyst, problem solver, and communicator.

Website

lcsnw.org

Handout(s)

30
Aug

Mindful and Inclusive Leadership for the 21st Century

Workshop Description

Today, government and public agencies are facing significant changes that are impacting their ability to develop a motivated and engaged workforce. Changes include the speed at which technology is changing the way we work and engage both virtually and in person. With over 70% of the US workforce identified as actively disengaged, how is that affecting your agency’s ability to be productive and stay viable?

Furthermore, technological advances often create more stress due to an overload of information, continuous distractions and a lack of genuine connection with coworkers and members of an increasingly diverse community. As an antidote, many companies are beginning to offer emotional intelligence and mindful leadership programs to improve communication, remove productivity obstacles, decrease stress, and improve overall well being.

Our economy is also facing significant demographic shifts. Boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 people a day. By 2020, Millenials will dominate the workplace. The workplace is simultaneously facing a rapid departure of those with significant knowledge and experience, and the rise of a generation with needs that require organizational and behavioral shifts. Racial and ethnic minorities will soon be the majority. We need leadership that can navigate the complexities of working across different cultures with the sensitivity and skills to deal with the “isms” that impact our workplaces.

Mindful a Inclusive Leadership Skills for the 21st Century will introduce organizational leaders, supervisors, managers and potential leaders to the changes required in leadership styles to meet the diverse needs of employees in an increasingly fast-paced culture.

About the Presenter(s)

Lillian A. Tsai

Born and raised in Malaysian Borneo, award winner Lillian A. Tsai specializes in the consultation, facilitation, and training of cross-cultural competency, intercultural communications, diversity, equity and inclusion interventions, strategies and programs. She also specializes in coaching people of color and managers of diverse teams. Prior to starting TsaiComms in 2002, she spent 25 years in global high tech marketing and communications, which included an expatriate assignment in Stuttgart, Germany. Lillian has worked with multiple City, County, State and Federal agencies, and was a presenter at the 2012 and 2016 NW Public Employees Diversity Conferences as well as other conferences around the U.S.

Judith G. Sugg

Judith Sugg, Ph.D., is a trainer and coach. She works with organizations using mindfulness and emotional intelligence to improve communications and resolve conflicts. Judy is a licensed counselor and psychology instructor. She has written four books, and has taught yoga and meditation for 25 years.

Alisa Blum

Alisa Blum, MSW, has worked with public agencies, community colleges, health care organizations, non-profits, law firms and technology companies, to improve communication across the generations, enhance management skills, manage change, decrease stress and help teams work together more effectively for over 20 years. She collaborates with Lillian Tsai to provide the workshop, “Working Across Generations & Cultures”, which has been presented to employees at many private and public agencies, as well as to the 2016 NW Diversity Conference and the 2016 Women in Energy Conference. Alisa collaborates with Judith Sugg to provide customized training programs that incorporate mindfulness tools to improve individual & organizational performance. Alisa & Judy have worked with public agencies, businesses and healthcare organizations. They have presented at the 2015 International Organizational Development Network Conference, the 2015 Association for Talent Development Regional Conference and the 2017 Business Health Service Health & Safety Conference. Prior work experience includes positions as a clinical social worker, supervisor and training director.

Website

tsaicomms.com

Handout(s)

30
Aug

Intersectional Equity; Intersectional Privilege 101

Workshop Description

This workshop introduces participants to the concept of intersectional equity which explores how systemic inequities accord privilege and marginalisation to virtually all social identities. In this interactive and participant-driven workshop, attendees will improve their understanding of intersected identities and learn to leverage the aspects privilege held to dismantle systemic inequities and encourage authentic inclusion.

Participants will be able to discern the supra-narratives which contribute to systemic inequities. They will have a better understanding of the areas in which they hold more privilege than others as well as the areas in which they might hold less privilege. In addition, participants will be able to determine how they might use their aspects of privilege to create and support a more equitable environment for all social identities.

About the Presenter(s)

Alison Allen-Hall is a social scientist interested in exploring and realising the potential of the liminal spaces between scholarship and practice. She has several years’ experience serving as associate faculty in Social Sciences at various colleges and universities in the United States. She has most recently expanded her praxes portfolio to include Interpersonal Neurobiology and is a development faculty member for the incipient IPNB Certificate programme at Portland Community College. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is Managing Director of LynxSE, an organisational equity coaching consultancy based in Portland, OR. She has designed and developed several programmes and practical application models in service of dismantling systemic social inequities and replacing them with wholly a reimagined and reimaged society that is authentically inclusive and universally replacing them with wholly a reimagined and reimaged society that is authentically inclusive and universally hospitable. Allen-Hall continues her academic research in constructed identity and inclusivity.

Website

Handout(s)

30
Aug

Better Together: Research, Evaluation and Stakeholder Engagement with Employees with Disabilities

Workshop Description

The Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE), the DCM Evaluation and Research Unit (ERU), and the AdAPT ERG at Multnomah County are collaborating on a project to better understand the experiences of county employees with disabilities, including the experience of the accommodation process. This project is based in part on the 2015 Countywide Employee Survey, which showed that employees with disabilities are experiencing lower satisfaction in several areas, including work climate and job satisfaction.

A key part of this project is stakeholder engagement – namely, since this project focuses on better understanding and then improving the experiences of people with disabilities, ensuring that employees with disabilities were key stakeholders throughout this project was imperative.This session will give a broad overview of the project and then offer tools and lessons learned from our work together.

We invite you to bring project ideas of your own to work on and discuss the ways stakeholder engagement can be used/strengthened during our time together.

About the Presenter(s)

Barbara Robertson

Barbara Robertson’s experience with disability rights, advocacy and culture go back over the past 30 years. She grew up in the Portland area, earned her Bachelors degree at University of Massachusetts at Boston, and has ABD (all but the Dissertation) in social psychology from University of Minnesota. She taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago in their Disability Studies program, and participated in Society for Disability Studies conferences. More recently, she is a member of AdAPT, Multnomah County’s Employee Resource Group for employees with disabilities and allies. Her main goal in this work is that disability access not be seen as each individual’s responsibility to figure out; rather, it should be universally built into our policies, procedures, structures, and design.

When not at work, Barbara is “rag chewing” on amateur radio (call sign: KI7KZU), sampling IPAs in area brewpubs, traveling as much as possible, crocheting, dabbling with microelectronics in a community “maker lab”, or cooking/fermenting concoctions in the home lab. She is always looking for a kombucha culture if you have a spare.

Alison Sachet

Alison Sachet serves Multnomah County as a Senior Research and Evaluation Analyst in the Department of County Management Evaluation and Research Unit. Before joining the County in 2016, Alison worked as a social science researcher for over 15 years and taught psychology courses at Williams College and the University of Oregon. She earned a doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon in 2013, focusing primarily on the development of children’s imagination and understanding of social relationships. This training has come in handy with her young daughter, who has two imaginary companions. In addition to informing her approach to parenting, Alison’s education has prepared her for her current role at Multnomah County, where she performs research and program evaluation to better understand the experiences of Multnomah County employees and issues of equity across the county. Most recently, Alison has been collaborating with the Office of Diversity and Equity and the AdAPT Employee Resource Group to better understand the experiences of employees with disabilities. She has learned a great deal from this project and has personally enjoyed the deep collaboration with stakeholders – she looks forward to sharing her experiences with this project with fellow public employees in this workshop. Outside of work, Alison enjoys spending time outdoors playing with her family.

Katherin Flower

Katherin is the granddaughter of Cora and Jack and wishes she had paid attention more when they tried to teach her things.  She spent most of her childhood in upstate New York, and misses New York pizza, buffalo wings and the family camp in the Adirondacks. But she does not miss the upstate New York winters and rusty cars from the road salt.

Her formal education includes studying Spanish and when she discovered she could not be an interpreter for the U.N. (she still can’t roll her r’s) she switched to Sociology.  When she couldn’t pay back her student loans from undergrad, she went on to grad school where she focused on Sociology and then did a post doc and completed training in trauma informed care. She has used her training and passion for social justice work in a range of areas including child welfare, criminal justice, early learning and child development. Currently, she works as the Research and Evaluation Analyst in the Office of Diversity and Equity for Multnomah County and promotes approaches that engage stakeholders and honors community wisdom. She also advocates for equity and empowerment to be the foundation for all County practices and policies.

When Katherin is not working on a research and evaluation project for the County, she’s probably listening to Latin Music and wishing she could carry a tune (and dance), attending a pow wow with her daughter or working toward her encore career as a comedy writer for Trevor Noah.

Emily Purry

Emily Purry is a Multnomah County Employee of nearly four years. She is part of the AdAPT employee Resource Group and is passionate about making a difference in her community. She recently completed the Multnomah Leadership Academy working on a Countywide Internship Program. She is currently part of the Disability Arts & Culture Leadership Institute and actively participates in the Portland Commission on Disability conversations and subcommittees.

Emily has recently started facilitating trainings around disability, equity and intersectionality to companies and organizations in Portland and hopes to continue doing so to better equip the workforce in working beside and with people with disabilities.

Emily is also a busy mother of three who are very active in sports and music. Family time is spent camping, traveling and many hours at the pool, wrestling mat or soccer field. Emily’s husband also works for Multnomah County assuring that our Veterans are receiving their much needed benefits. They work hard to better their community and set a positive example for the kids.

Website

Handout(s)

30
Aug

In the Shoes of an Immigrant: Understanding the Immigrant Experience and Learning to Successfully Engage with Immigrants

Workshop Description

This is an engaging, informational and challenging workshop that develops the audience’s cultural awareness and competency with navigating cultural diversity. Participants walked away with:

  • An understanding of the key differences and nuances between western cultural frameworks and other non-western cultural frameworks.
  • An understanding of the Immigrant journey and experience in America (stages of cultural adaptation).
  • Greater awareness of participants’ own biases and responses to such biases.
  • And a framework and techniques for engaging in a more culturally empathetic manner.

About the Presenter(s)

A true catalyst for peace, Parfait Bassalé continues to work tirelessly to promote understanding across the globe. A well acclaimed international artist and speaker, he is also the founder of the Colombe Project, a Peace Education Enterprise that uses songs and stories to trigger empathy. Mr. Bassalé has addressed and engaged global citizens all over the world on Adversity, Conflict, Cultural Understanding and Service.

Parfait has a strong passion for interpersonal, cross-cultural and religious understanding. Before moving to America, he lived in multiple countries in West Africa and has additional social ties in Europe and the Middle East. Parfait brings to the table his unique experience and perspective as he presents and sings about issues of adversity, understanding, diversity, religion and peace. A graduate of Portland State University, Parfait’s background is in Conflict and Dispute Resolution with a focus on conflict prevention and empathy education. Over the years, travelling and living across multiple continents and cultures and now living in the United States, Parfait has found that the human experience is essentially the same: “All cultures sing the same songs: songs of friendship, joy, comfort, knowledge, faith, love and hurt.” This commonality is what drives Parfait’s efforts and approach to reminding us that we are all Haitians when tragedy hits in Haiti, all Jews in the gas chambers of Nazi Germany and all refugees when religious extremism hits in the Middle East.

To hear Parfait sing and share the stories behind each song is a transformational experience one must witness!!!

Website

parfaitonline.com

Handout(s)

1) Packet Immigrant Workshop

30
Aug

Implicit Bias and Gender: Trans Women, Women of Color, and Older Women Speak Out

Workshop Description

DLT will present its latest film, My Whole Self, featuring five women at various intersections speaking about microaggressions and bias. The film will be a springboard to learning how women experience discrimination in different ways depending upon their unique blend of identity. Both funny and sad, the film allows attendees to consider how implicit bias and microaggressions affect the daily lives of themselves, their colleagues, and the institutions they support.

The film helps people learn about gender bias and intersectionality, a prime concept in today’s fight for equity and inclusion in public service. Attendees will learn how to recognize and intervene in gender based microaggressions, including those directed toward women at different intersections.

About the Presenter(s)

Barbara J. Diamond

Barbara is a labor, employment, and civil rights lawyer with over 30 years of experience.  As the founder of Diamond Law Training, Barbara works as an anti-bias trainer and consultant. She is passionate about Implicit Bias Theory and helping organizations reduce the impact of cumulative, unconscious bias. Her recent training and consultant clients include Portland State University, the Oregon Professional Liability Fund, and the Washington Education Association.

Marina Moro

Marina presents trainings on implicit bias, analyzes data, and assists with program development at DLT. In the past, Marina has worked for Laborers’ Local 483 and the Multicultural Resource Center at Reed College, where she created programming on racial and LGBTQ justice. Marina hails from Gilroy, California, the garlic capital of the world.

Website

diamondlaw.org

Handout(s)

30
Aug

Activating Cultural Empathy

Workshop Description

While there is growing awareness and value for equity, diversity and inclusion, we often fail to recognize how our own culture – what we consider normal – interferes with our ability to truly recognize and honor people of many backgrounds. Participants will explore the concept of cultural humility, and how that supports developing an attitude of learning and openness. Participants will then learn about the relatively new concept of cultural empathy, first gaining knowledge about what it is, and then practicing methods to increase cultural empathy through sharing stories, perspective taking, and empathic journeys. The practice of cultural empathy creates a foundation for genuine conversation, which leads to increased relationship, understanding of difference and disparity, and ultimately inclusion of people of many backgrounds.

About the Presenter(s)

With over 30 years of experience delivering, leading, and consulting in non-profit and public services, Julie Dodge has seen a thing or two. Her research in Cultural Empathy is fueled by a passion to build better relationships that ultimately lead to better outcomes for the diverse people we serve. Julie completed her Bachelor’s degree at Biola University in Southern California, her Master’s in Social Welfare at UCLA, and most recently obtained her Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Global Perspectives at George Fox University. Currently she is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Concordia University. She has travelled frequently in her quest to better understand different cultures and people. She has also zip-lined on four continents. She recently published an iBook titled, “But I Wouldn’t Do That!”: Teaching Cultural Empathy, which is available for free at iTunes by clicking here

Website

Handout(s)

1) Cultural Empathy Organizational Considerations

2) Books for Empathic Journeys

3) Activating Cultural Empathy Handouts

29
Aug

About the Session and Rhodes Perry

Executive Session – Beyond Lip Service: Getting Courageous, Mastering Proven Leadership Strategies, and Effectively Managing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Work

Do you want to more effectively manage diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at your organization, but find yourself struggling with where to start? Want to learn about the importance and necessity of building a more inclusive organization? Are you just generally confused about terminology and what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this facilitated discussion is especially for you. Together, we will create a brave space for executives interested in gaining greater awareness about themselves and their organizations, and to specifically understand why DEI is essential for the health and well-being of your organization, and how to effectively manage it. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about and discuss what DEI means, why these concepts are important, and how to manage them through a mini-lecture, small-and large group activities, and a self-assessment activity. Participants that develop empathy, awareness, and skills are more effective collaborators in creating an organization that is truly inclusive of the needs of different people, communities, and ideas, which has the potential to transform your organization into one that is more welcoming and inclusive. The topics discussed work particularly well with executives who would like to expand their knowledge and leadership skills.

About Rhodes Perry

Rhodes Perry, is an award winning social entrepreneur and a nationally recognized LGBTQ thought leader with nearly two decades of experience innovating solutions to complex LGBTQ diversity, equity, & inclusion challenges in large government, non-profit, and for-profit organizations. Rhodes is the founder and CEO of a global strategic management consultancy where he helps executives, HR, and diversity leaders build more inclusive and equitable organizations through executive coaching, mentorship, consulting, and public speaking engagements. Rhodes also hosts the podcast, The Out Entrepreneur, a weekly program offering mentorship to LGBTQ entrepreneurs, and those aspiring to take the entrepreneurial leap. Formerly, Rhodes founded the Office of LGBTQ Policy & Practice at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, and previously served as the founding Director of Policy at PFLAG National. He cut his teeth serving as a Program Examiner at the White House Office of Management & Budget working on health and human services programs designed to support low-income communities. Rhodes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Public Administration from New York University. He spends his free time bicycling world-wide and hanging out with his family in Portland, Oregon.

Rhodes Perry Consulting

Rhodes Perry Consulting (RPC) is a global strategic management firm helping executives, HR, and diversity leaders build more inclusive and equitable organizations through executive coaching, mentorship, done for you consulting, and public speaking engagements. The firm is led by Rhodes Perry, an award winning social entrepreneur and a nationally recognized LGBTQ thought leader with two decades of experience innovating solutions to complex diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) management challenges in large government, non-profit, and for-profit organizations. RPC offers specific solutions to support leaders ready to deepen their practice around managing DEI programs and initiatives, and offers an exclusive mentorship program for HR and diversity leaders looking for results in creating more inclusive cultures for LGBTQ stakeholders.

Website

rhodesperry.com