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 or migration? Are you wondering why or how your organization should take part in discussions of privilege?
Northeast Oregon Economic Development District is offering two events to explore DEI topics.
The organization will continue its roundtable discussions for volunteers, boards and staff members to learn, share and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtable will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at The Place, 301 S. Lake St. in Joseph, and will be moderated by Anita Yap and Traci Price. The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes lunch. Scholarships are available. Register at bit.ly/2t9NUcY.
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, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31 in Wallowa County at The Place in Joseph and in La Grande Aug. 1. These events are offered free; no registration required.
In the Conversation Projects, Yap and Price posit that 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. She 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. Ted Kulongoski to lead development of the Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan.
She owns a consulting business and works with the Multicultural Collaborative. She prioritizes projects at the intersection of education, environment, and racial justice.
Future roundtables are scheduled Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 6, 2019.