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Newsletter: June 2024 Issue 1

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Train the Trainer Workshop Dates Announced

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We are excited to announce dates for our next Train the Trainer: Strategies for Facilitating Courageous Conversations on Race workshop on August 14-16th.

Through engaging and interactive exercises, participants learn strategies and tips on how to successfully present sensitive information to a wide audience of learners. You will develop skills to take difficult conversations about race, privilege, and power to a deeper level and learn strategies for working with resistance.

The skills developed in this three-day intensive are valuable for individuals who want to further equity work in their communities. Organizations committed to instituting systemic change will benefit by sending a small group of employees who become internal trainers that can provide on-going professional development for staff.

  • Date: August 14, 15, & 16 at 8:30-12:30 PST each day

  • Location: Virtual

  • Facilitators: co-Founders Dr. Caprice D. Hollins and Ilsa Govan.


Q&A: Hiring and Onboarding for DEIBelonging

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We are excited to bring you our next Question & Answer segment! You wrote in and we answered! Our question comes from an organization about onboarding new staff.

"We do organizational learning as a staff on a variety of DEI topics. When we hire a new employee, we have an internal training that has to do with the history of our own organization and our learning journey. However, it is always a challenge to onboard a new staff person and get them 'caught up' to the work that the rest of the employees have done in the past. How do we create a baseline learning series for new employees, what should it include (it’s hard to do this learning alone when the rest of the staff have already done it), and what is a reasonable timeline? Beyond questions during the interview, how do we determine where people are at on their learning journey and how to align them with our organizational learning?"

Head on over to our blog to read our thoughts from Ilsa Govan and Dr. J.P. Anderson. If you have a question, please email with "Ask Us a Question" in the subject line.


June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month & Caribbean American Heritage Month!

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We have two reasons to celebrate June with LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and Caribbean American Heritage Month.

Pride Month began in 1969 with the Stonewall Riots, followed by the first gay pride parade in New York City on the anniversary of the Riots in 1970. In 2000, Gay and Lesbian Pride Month was formally established by our government, with a more inclusive name chosen in 2009. The Stonewall Riots is commemorated on June 28th of this month as International LGBTQ+ Pride Day (see Diversity Calendar dates below).

Caribbean American Heritage Month was established in 2006 to honor the contributions of Caribbean Americans throughout history and culture. June was specifically chosen to honor the first documented Caribbean immigrants to arrive to the U.S. on June 2, 1898. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, 90% of people of Caribbean heritage originate from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, and Tobago.

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Unpacking Sexism & White Privilege In-Person Workshop

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In case you missed last issue's announcement, registration for our Unpacking Sexism & White Privilege workshop is open.

This in-person workshop is on June 20-21 from 9-3pm at Treehouse and is facilitated by Ilsa Govan and Tilman Smith.


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It's a new month which means taking a look at our Diversity Calendar to look at significant dates to consider when planning meetings or events to create greater inclusion.

  • 6/11-13: Shavout (Jewish)

  • 6/12: Loving Day (United States)

  • 6/12: Philippine Independence Day (Filipino)

  • 6/14-19: Hajj (Islamic)

  • 6/16-17: Eid-Ul-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) (Islamic)

  • 6/19: Juneteenth (United States)

  • 6/20: Summer Solstice/Litha (Neo-Pagan)

  • 6/28: International LGBTQ+ Pride Day


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Upcoming DEIB/Social Justice Events

For details on these and other events, workshops, and conferences happening in the social justice space, visit our Events Calendar. If you have an event you would like us to share, please reach out to us!

  • 6/01: Seattle Pride in the Park 2024

  • 6/02: Working for White Racial Literacy & Racial Justice

  • 6/04: NAMI: BIPOC Support Group

  • 6/04: Cultivating Ground: Foundations in Mindfulness

  • 6/05: Capacity Building Workshops to Foster Justice & Belonging

  • 6/06: NAMI LGBTQ+ Support Group

  • 6/07: Holding the Whole: Analysis, Skills, and Practices for Understanding and Dismantling Antisemitism and Christian Supremacy

  • 6/09: Make Us Visible WA 2nd Annual Community Mixer

  • 6/12: Breaking the Binary: Unraveling the Intersections of Gender, Race, and Colonialism

  • 6/13: CARW: Monthly Connection Circle

  • 6/15: Tsuru Voices in Solidarity

  • 6/15: The Tender Work: Acknowledging white responsibility in a racialized world

...and more!


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