“Busting Bias – Inspiring Conversations for Change”
BIPOC Led/ BIPOC Serving Nonprofits
Did you learn that it’s better to avoid discussions about religion, politics, or sex – especially at dinner parties?
So many of us did!
Given nationwide ethnic tensions, there’s a growing realization that even better is to learn HOW to discuss these subjects with genuine curiosity, appreciative inquiry, generous listening, and compassionate reflection.
The first Impact 100 group exploring bias and discrimination was so enthusiastically received that a sub-committee formed and invites you to the next six-week, the 90-minute group starting Wednesday, April 28th and ending June 2nd. Time TBD.
Adopting a “beginner’s mind” with prompts from books and videos, concepts often fraught with self-consciousness or fear of criticism become inspiring sparks for free, respectful expression. Please expect at least an hour of reading/prep prior to each meeting.
Feedback showed that the experience was emotionally and intellectually liberating, personally inspiring, and deeply rewarding. Everyone could understand and better appreciate the urgency of demands for change and sharpened thinking regarding the role of community philanthropy.
Exploring disparity, stereotypes, the shift from equality to equity, and the consequences of implicit bias can refresh our views with a new lens on civil rights. Ideally, we move from observers to participants in assuring more just and peaceful communities for everyone.
Impact 100 Redwood Circle formed a comprehensive Racial Equity Study Group. To address the complex cultural issue, the 19 member group designed a Three-phase study:
Phase 1 – a journey into self-awareness and self-examination of Implicit Bias, Antiracism, and White Supremacy through reading and discussion.
Phase 2 focuses on researching best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in grantmaking, organizational diversity, and other policies and procedures.
Phase 3 will recommend specific programs, initiatives, policies, and practices for consideration by Impact 100 Redwood Circle.
Please remember our Grant Eligibility Criteria has always addressed this issue.
Grant applicants must be non-discriminatory on the basis of race, gender, sexual identification or orientation, spiritual beliefs, national origin, or immigration status.
We continue to improve our organization’s awareness and practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion.