Beyond Diversity, Culture and Inclusion

Date: Jun 20, 2017
Time: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Conference Room
2314 University Ave. W., Suite 20, St. Paul

Fee: $50 for MCN members / $75 for nonmembers Register Now!

The nonprofit sector has increasingly acknowledged some difference between its staff and its clients. It has responded to this heightened awareness of difference by invoking language focused on diversity, culture and inclusion. To what extent does each of these discourses, in fact, benefit populations who disproportionately experience poverty and participate in human service programs? To what extent does each benefit populations who disproportionately staff, manage and fund such programs? How might racialized groups benefit from alternative frameworks that broaden the unit of analysis beyond dynamics within and among individuals to consider structural dynamics within and among institutions within the nonprofit industry?

This session is intended for those in the nonprofit industry—including but not limited to the human services—who have an experiential understanding of racialized inequality and whose hunger for racial justice has not been satiated by discourses of diversity, culture and inclusion. Through a combination of lecture, individual and small group activities and discussion, we will explore three alternative frameworks for understanding and addressing systemic inequity. These are: Reskin’s Mechanisms-based Model of Ascriptive Inequality, Young’s Five Faces of Oppression and Smith’s Three Pillars of White Supremacy.

Learning Objectives: (1) Analyze language focused on diversity, culture and inclusion and recognize the limitations for understanding and addressing differences observed between nonprofit professionals and nonprofit clients; (2) Learn three alternative frameworks and associated concepts for understanding and addressing such differences; and (3) Practice applying the three alternative frameworks to their organizational or programmatic contexts.

Intermediate Prior Knowledge: Attendees should have intermediate knowledge of the subject area before arriving (this means the presenters will define words, as requested, but will generally assume that attendees understand most concepts presented).

Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is committed to offering training sessions that support the Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. This workshop helps us achieve the following:

  • HR 18: Nonprofits should strive toward creating a workplace that welcomes and supports employees who reflect the diversity of their community.
  • LEAD 12: Nonprofit leaders should create and sustain an organizational culture that best advances the nonprofit’s mission and goals.
  • LEAD 13: Nonprofit leaders should push the organization to make difficult and timely decisions, challenge others in the organization when necessary, and permit conflicting views to be expressed on the way to reaching resolution.
  • LEAD 17: Nonprofit leaders should encourage their organization’s staff and board to seek out, recognize and leverage the shared and different values of diverse cultures.

Event Details

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Food: Coffee and tea will be provided.

Travel: Driving directions and transit options are available on MCN's website.

About the Presenter

Vidhya ShankerVidhya Shanker is a doctoral student in evaluation studies at the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation research bridges systems thinking with theories of systemic oppression to examine the ways race is constructed through both the enterprise and the discourse of nonprofit evaluation. Recently, Vidhya provided evaluation technical assistance to organizations engaged in various aspects of food systems work. Previously, she was director of research, innovation & program evaluation at Catholic Charities, where she led agency wide data-governance efforts to facilitate the organization’s measurement of client outcomes across program areas and throughout the case management process. Her experience addressing racial, economic and gender justice within the context of evaluation includes her role evaluating Ramsey County’s Employment Services for MFIP participants, work with the UMN’s Institute on Community Integration, and consultancies with organizations like CARE International.

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