Diversity for Environmental and Social Change Training Series

Starting Date: 05-22-2006
Starting Time: 9:00am
Ending Date: 05-23-2006

Washington, District of Columbia
United States
Diversity for Environmental and Social Change Training Series
Session 1: May 22-23, 2006
Washington, DC

What is diversity?
Why does it matter to environmental and social change organizations?
What does it mean to leverage diversity to create a stronger environmental movement and to renew efforts for social change?
What do you need to know before you launch a diverse partnership or reach out to new constituencies?

DIVERSITY MATTERS, launched in 2005, provides a hub for people and organizations that want to leverage diversity and inclusion to strengthen institutions and build leadership for high-impact environmental and social change. 

The Diversity for Environmental and Social Change Training Series is a 5-part program designed to foster knowledgeable and skilled leadership to make diversity a hallmark and fundamental asset of environmental and social change efforts.

SESSION 1 is a two-day workshop that provides foundational concepts and experiential learning to:

·      Demystify diversity and clarify diversity’s relevance to organizational effectiveness and movement building.
·      Understand the dynamics of power that impact organizational productivity, performance, and the ability to sustain diverse partnerships.
·      Develop skills for observing and diagnosing diversity issues in work teams, organizations, and coalitions.
·      Assess organizational phases of development on diversity.

OUR TRAINING TEAM – Mark Kaplan, Amber Mayes, and Angela Park -- brings decades of collective experience in diversity training and consultation, organizational development, and leadership skills building. They have worked with a wide range of nonprofits, companies, foundations, and educational institutions and understand the needs and histories of environmental and social change organizations and movements. 

Participants in our trainings have said:

“This training has to be one of the highlights of my year. You all are so adept at bringing people along in their awareness of diversity issues, group membership, and competence working across difference. It really is an inspiration. This training has rekindled my desire to work on these issues.”

“This work has been an extraordinary asset in my push to enhance our internal diversity work within my organization. Although we have been working in the area of diversity for years, you have provided outstanding resources, training, and networking opportunities that would not have been available to us otherwise. We have begun exploring areas of the organization that would not have received this level of attention, resources, or time without your help. Discovering new things about our organization will, undoubtedly, make us stronger and better able to attract, hire, and retain people of color into our workforce in the future.”

“I am very glad to have participated. It has enriched my life personally, as I am now far more comfortable and fluent in engaging with people across group differences. At work, I am also fully committed to training and diversifying my team as a sign of excellence in the workplace. I'm in a place where complacency is no longer an option.”

“Your flexibility and skill is nothing short of excellent.”


Training fee: $495 per person, payable to “Diversity Matters.”  We offer sliding scale fees in the hope of enabling all to potentially participate; contact us at info@diversity-matters.org or 202.306.3766 for details.

Logistics: The training will be held on May 22-23, 2006, near Dupont Circle in Washington, DC, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. The fee includes lunch on both days. 

Registration: E-mail your name, title, affiliation, full contact information, and a bio for each participant to info@diversity-matters.org. The training fee should be mailed to Diversity Matters, 7 Linden Road, Hartland, VT 05048. Upon receipt of your registration and fee, we will send you a logistics packet with final details.

** We encourage you to register as soon as possible as the program will be limited to 30 participants.


Contact us or join our mailing list to receive updates and announcements: info@diversity-matters.org or 202.306.4766.

Sessions that comprise the Diversity for Environmental and Social Change Training Series are offered regularly across the country. The five sessions of the Training Series are sequential. (Session 1 is a prerequisite for Session 2; Session 1 and 2 are a prerequisite for Session 3, etc.) You may elect to participate in as many or as few of the sessions as you like, in order. Graduates of all five sessions receive a Certificate, upon completion of the Training Series.

Training Series Sessions 2 through 5 provide in-depth learning, additional concepts, and skills development and practice on topics including:

• Implementing diversity interventions at the organizational level.
• Defining and addressing culture change.
• Succeeding in recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce.
• Understanding the impact of social identity groups (including race, class, gender, and sexual orientation) on environmental and social change work.
• Building diverse partnerships and coalitions.
• Leadership in diverse organizations.
• Developing diversity competence as a foundational skill.


·      Training that brings the best in diversity theory and practice from other sectors to a broad cross section of environmental and social change practitioners with the goal of increasing diversity skills and laying the groundwork for organizational change.

·      Diversity consultation providing hands-on guidance to help leaders institutionalize diversity throughout their organizations. 

·      Diversity Leadership Networks provide support and leadership development to individuals within specific social identity groups. In 2006, we will launch a national People of Color Network, with regional subgroups, to be followed by Networks for White Allies, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender individuals, and promoting Women in Leadership.
o     People of Color Networks provide personal and professional support and leadership development for environmental and social change practitioners of color who are often a significant numerical minority within their organizations. We believe this support will make a significant impact on the retention of people of color in the environmental and social change fields and that leadership development will nurture their work at higher levels.

·      Diversity Learning Communities convene regularly and sponsor special events creating dynamic, place-based communities focused on promoting diversity in environmental and social change. They serve as a hub for diversity resources, collaboration, and ongoing learning at the individual, organizational, and movement levels. Our first Diversity Learning Community will be launched in Boston in June 2006.

·      Diversity Pipeline Initiatives aim to increase both the number of people from underrepresented groups working in and serving on boards of environmental and social change organizations and their retention rates. Importantly, Diversity Matters’ work inextricably ties recruitment to culture change, going beyond numerical representation within organizations. 

·      Communications programs and the Diversity Matters resource hub articulate well-crafted presentations on diversity’s importance to the long-term impact and success of environmental and social change organizations and provide a central hub for information on diversity within these fields. 

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DIVERSITY MATTERS:  catalysts for environmental and social change
7 linden road, hartland, vt 05048
202.306.4766, info@diversity-matters.org

Coming soon!  Our web site at www.diversity-matters.org
Geographical Scope: National

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