Network leaders connected on February 13 to support each other’s diversity and inclusion work, and share resources and success stories. We covered a lot of territory including racial equity in Dayton, new connections among African programs supporting/engaging older adults and the Conscious Elders Network’s self-study resources on racism and poverty. The group agreed that one of the biggest obstacles to increasing diversity and inclusion is…not getting started. We’ll work together in the spirit of learning, celebrating progress and sharing our challenges – always staying focused on the opportunities.

For those who weren’t able to join us, the meeting notes and recording provide highlights. Feel free to ask questions, share your thoughts and join the next discussion. Our next call will be May 8, noon ET/11 CT/10 MT/9 PT – sign up here.

Where we go from here: We agreed to hold quarterly calls open to all Network members, inviting experts to meet with the group and identifying a theme for the calls. Between calls, everyone is invited to share resources with the group – or send them to me for distribution.

Post-meeting updates: The Conscious Elders Network’s Elder Action for Social Justice team holds monthly conversations on social justice topics, and they’re building a resource library. Sign up on the website. The Dayton Foundation’s team shared a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report from foundations embracing equity as a primary focus and an Ohio Philanthropy overview of Diversity/Equity/Inclusion.

You can make our work more helpful for you and fellow Network members.

  • Identify topics for future calls
  • Suggest experts who could join us – who are they, what’s their expertise, how would we engage them with the Encore Network
  • Send links to resources you mentioned and I’ll share them
  • Check out the Encore Network Diversity and Inclusion resource for ideas and a wealth of online information.

Contact Betsy Werley with ideas, resources, speakers or success stories, and to sign up for our next discussion.

Published: February 26, 2018