October 2023 Issue 2
A Month Away from Hiring & Retaining Workshop!
We are about a month away from our next workshop, Hiring & Retaining a Diverse Workforce, which will take place on November 16-17. This workshop focuses on looking at hiring practices through an equity lens in advertising, outreach, job announcements, the interview process, interview questions, and retention.
If you're interested in attending, reserve your spot now by clicking on the button below to learn more and register.
Our Big Website Refresh!
Our website got a huge refresh! We've switch to a modern one page design with all the essential information visitors need on the main page. We've simplified and reorganized the menu so that it's easier to navigate and updated all of the pages, including all the downloadable resources we provide. Come visit us on the refreshed website at culturesconnecting.com!
Stereotypes, Costumes and Resistance
Halloween is coming up and we wanted to gently remind you to be mindful of avoiding costumes that may be inappropriate or harmful. We're revisiting an older blog article written by our co-founder Ilsa Govan to help us understand why this matters. She writes,
How does a person respond when told their costume is inappropriate or harmful? How do party planners react when confronted by folks unhappy with their “Poc a hot ass” (unfortunately, I’m not making up that title) Native costume theme party? Predictably, when the racist nature of dressing as a caricature of a culture is called out, many get defensive. Here are a few of the common responses I’ve heard or read recently and my critique.
Along with Ilsa's responses, she also provides some ideas on how to approach costume selection this Halloween season. Read Stereotypes, Costumes and Resistance.
DEIBelonging Consultant Gathering
At the end of September, DEIBelonging consultants from the greater Seattle area gathered together at Dr. Caprice Hollins' house. Our hope was to strengthen our support systems and continue to build our network and relationships with one another.
Toward the end of the evening, we posed for a group photo. We appreciate our network and are glad we had this wonderful opportunity to engage with friends old and new and to continue our commitment to DEIBelonging work.
Join the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
The team behind the challenge, Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., Debby Irving, Dr. Marguerite W. Penick, has release the 2023 Fall challenge! This racial equity habit building challenge provides resources to help us continue to show up for justice. Suggestions for reading, writing, watching, connecting, engaging and more are available to keep us connected to the social justice movement are included. You can also download a Tracking Chart to keep track of your progress. They also have a Facebook page if you want to connect to the 21-Day community.
Become a Certified School with the National Center for Restorative Justice
Join a National Network of Schools who are practicing Restorative Justice work together.
For the 2024-2025 school year, a select group of middle and high schools across the country will be chosen to participate as their inaugural team, laying the groundwork for a growing community of interconnected Restorative Schools, sharing strategies and support with guidance from the National Center for Restorative Justice.
Details and further information to follow. Application open Dec 4th through Feb 14th. Visit the Restorative Schools Fellowship page to learn more and to apply.
Upcoming DEIB/Social Justice Events
For details on these and other events, workshops and conferences, visit our Events Calendar. If you have an event you would like us to share, please reach out to us!
10/16: The Roots of the Black Working Class
10/17: NAMI BIPOC Support Group
10/19: NAMI LGBTQ+ Mental Health Support Group
10/20: Beyond Diversity Resource Center Fun-Raiser Quiz Event
10/20: Seattle School Connect 2023 Discourse
10/20: World Trust: Cultivating Conditions for Liberation
10/21: 16th Annual NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference
10/21: Hike the West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails
10/21: Sacred Saturdays Community Healing Live Learning Series
10/24: Race Forward: Coffee Chat featuring HEAL Together
10/24: The Equity Consortium Virtual Listening Circle
10/25: Integrating Accessibilty into DEI Initiative
10/25: Somatics for Social Justice: White Folks Cohort
10/28: Peace Peloton: Full Moon Party