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
, quality director at Winding Waters Clinic in Enterprise, and Stef Duncan
and Kyrie Weaver
of Safe Harbors in Enterprise. Meg (photo above) has worked in health care and primary care for more than 30 years and is a Pacific Northwest native. Stef (photo below) 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. Wallowa native Kyrie is a facilitator of Safe Harbors’ LGBTQ+ “Safe Space Youth Program” as well as the “LGBTQ+ Advisory Council.”
Sessions in October and December of last year focused on DEI in general and how it can affect the leadership and programs of organizations. The Feb. 7 roundtable focuses on a specific area of DEI: how denying human rights to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, 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 link here
This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.