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NEOEDD Hosts More Dynamic DEI Events

Do you wonder what people mean by "DEI"–diversity, equity and inclusion? Do you want to feel more comfortable talking about race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and/or migration? Are you wondering why or how your organization should take part in discussions of privilege?

NEOEDD brings two different events to explore DEI topics:

NEOEDD continues its roundtable discussions for volunteers, boards, and staff members to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtable will be held Wednesday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Place, 301 S Lake St. in Joseph, and be moderated by Anita Yap and Traci Price. The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes lunch. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598. Register here.

Second, NEOEDD is hosting the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project "Race and Place: Racism and Resilience in Oregon's Past and Future," led by Anita Yap and Traci Price, at 7 p.m. in Wallowa County at The Place, 301 S Lake St. in Joseph, on Tuesday, July 31, and in La Grande at hq, 112 Depot St., on Aug. 1. These events are free of charge; no registration required.

In the Conversation Projects, Yap and Price posit: Oregonians envision a future that includes communities built on values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. At the same time, we live in a society that marginalizes and excludes people of color. How does Oregon’s history of racism influence our present and how can understanding historic and current impacts of racism in Oregon contribute to our sense of place and vision of the future? How can diversity and inclusion create thriving communities?

Anita Yap is the founding partner of the Multicultural Collaborative, a small business consulting group that provides strategies and services to nonprofits, local governments, and businesses to engage with diverse communities for equity, capacity building, community visioning, urban design, and public policy advocacy. Anita is an active community member and serves on the Jade International District Steering Committee, the Board of Governors for the City Club of Portland, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council Board.

Traci Price has worked in the environmental nonprofit sector for most of her career, with a focus on education and youth. She spearheaded the No Oregon Child Left Inside Act in 2008 and was appointed in 2010 by Gov. Kulongoski to lead development of the Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan. Traci owns a consulting business and works with the Multicultural Collaborative, a consulting group that helps organizations and businesses engage with diverse communities for equity and capacity building. She prioritizes projects at the intersection of education, environment, and racial justice.

Future roundtables are scheduled for Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 6, 2019.

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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-LGBTQ 101- Topic of Next DEI Roundtable

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 (pictured, with dog Sparky), 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, transgender, 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 here.

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