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NEOEDD’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Northeast Oregon.

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is a public organization established in 1985. Baker, Union and Wallowa counties formed the District by Intergovernmental Agreement as a way to enhance community and economic development services in the region.

Our staff members are dedicated to the communities they serve in northeast Oregon and have strong business networking, facilitation, financial, organizational and project development skills.

If you are starting or growing a business, ask us about our business finance and business training programs.

If you are working on a public infrastructure or a community project ask us about services for local governments and community groups.

If you are part of a non-profit organization ask how we can help your board and workers strategize, fund and operate in ways that best meet your mission.

Encouraging Diversity Without Tokenism: DEI Community Conversation Feb. 6

Nonprofit leaders sometimes attempt to diversify their organizations by inviting people with different experiences or ethnicities to serve as board, staff, or volunteers. This may seem like a good idea, but launching a recruitment campaign without first examining an organizations’ motivations and norms can leave newcomers feeling ignored, unwelcome, and tokenized. So how do today’s leaders encourage diversity without tokenism?

NEOEDD continues its roundtable discussions for nonprofit organization volunteers, boards, and staff members to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtable will take place Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Island City Hall building, 10605 Island Ave. The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes lunch; register at https://bit.ly/2PNNzFp. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 1.

The moderator for this roundtable is Sara Curiel Paez, who will share activities and discussions to help participants understand tokenism and work through conflicts to build multicultural organizations that are better equipped to fulfill their nonprofit missions.

Sara Curiel Paez is a senior consultant at The Nonprofit Association of Oregon, founding member and owner of consulting firm Capacity Building Partnerships, and the director of Latina Associates of Collaborative Endeavors (LACE), a consortium of nonprofit consultants. Sara has a background in participatory leadership, including a master’s degree in public policy from Oregon State University, and has completed certificate programs entitled “Nonprofit Board Consulting from Board Source” and “Financial Success for Nonprofit Management.”

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

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