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‘What’s DEI?’ Community Conversations in November

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 continues its roundtable discussions for volunteers, boards, and staff members to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtable will focus on privilege and implicit bias, and take place Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NE Oregon Transit Center, 2204 E Penn Ave. in La Grande. The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes lunch; register at https://tinyurl.com/ycgjznb8. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598. Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 2.

The moderator for this roundtable is Manuel Padilla, who will lead a discussion of white privilege and implicit bias. Manuel is executive director of Portland Meet Portland, and a teacher and consultant in the areas of dialogue, conflict transformation, social change, and international aid and development. He has a BA in philosophy from Portland State University; an MA in peace, conflict, and development studies from the UNESCO Chair for the Philosophy of Peace; and has done peace-building and human rights work both domestically and internationally. His professional interest is rooted in his deep spiritual desire to use group processes to foster cultures of encounter and vulnerability, transform conflict, and build civil society.

Manuel will also lead programs entitled "The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon," via the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Josephy Center, 403 Main St. in Joseph, and Nov. 7 at hq, 112 Depot St., in La Grande. Learn more about this conversation topic at the Oregon Humanities website (https://oregonhumanities.org/programs/conversation-project/catalog/the-s...). These events are free of charge; no registration required. The public is welcome.

The final roundtable in this series will take place Feb. 6, 2019, in La Grande.

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