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ACSO Webinar: Developing Your Orchestra's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement
Thursday, November 05, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST
Category: ACSO Events

Many organizations are examining and prioritizing their commitment to racial equity. One of the first steps in this process it to develop a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement. Funders are also increasingly requesting that a statement be provided in grant applications. But it can be challenging to know where to begin if your organization is new to this work. This webinar will provide a framework for creating a DEI Statement that:

  • Tells the story of your organization’s journey, including lessons learned and evolution of your work.
  • Conveys why your organization engages in intentional efforts related to diversity, equity and/or inclusion - and sets forth a paradigm in which your work is grounded (cultural equity, racial equity, or social equity)
  • Describes the value your organization believes comes from diversity, equity and/or inclusion as it relates to the art produced, artists employed, audiences engaged, communities served, etc.
  • Articulates how you demonstrate your commitment (past, present & future)

About the Presenter: Diane brings a keen understanding of differing perspectives among group members and a wide variety of stakeholders. She is particularly effective in engaging group members who are less seasoned or grassroots – ensuring not only their participation, but also increasing their confidence and skill as valuable contributors to the task at hand. She has served in appointed civic roles, as lead consultant to large community engagement initiatives for municipalities, counties, and California State. Her expertise has been used conduct community needs assessments, organizational audits, and revisions to funding guidelines, with intentional integration of equity principles, and provision of recommendations for further advancements. Additionally, Diane brings great experience working with funding and capacity building foundations/organizations. She has been actively engaged for the past 5 years in exploration of how funding organizations can be catalytic to advancing equity in their sectors.

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