Workshops for FCSS-funded programs

The Centre for Race and Culture, Multicultural Health Brokers Co-op and Creating Hope Society have partnered together to deliver workshops to FCSS-funded programs as part of their Diversity and Inclusion Capacity Building Strategy. This training is supported by the FCSS Committee and CSAB who see it as essential to ensure that funded programs and services are in an even better position to meet the needs of all Edmontonians, and it is closely aligned to a number of City Council Priorities.

After conducting a needs assessment with individuals from funded agencies, six workshop topics emerged as the top choices for further learning. These topics are:

  • Policy through an Inclusion lens
  • Reconciliation
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Program Planning through an Inclusion lens
  • NEW TOPIC: Community Engagement
  • NEW TOPIC: Diversity and Inclusion for Boards
  • Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Board and Staff (all sessions complete)
  • Conflict Resolution (all sessions complete)

Additional workshops have now been scheduled for the remainder of 2018; the full details for each of the workshops are below. Registration for workshops is available here.


Policy through an Inclusion Lens

Policies guide the day-to-day activities and decision of an organization, and are important tools to further your goals of inclusion. Conducting a policy review is a good way to check your policies for inclusion and help determine if policies are missing or may need to be adapted. This workshop is designed for staff who are responsible for writing and reviewing policies within the organization.

We will provide an opportunity for participants to begin reviewing some of their own organizational policies through an inclusion lens to assess strengths and gaps in policy. The facilitators will support participants in developing an organizational inclusion policy if one does not already exist.

All sessions of this topic have now been completed.


Reconciliation

In our Indigenous circles, we believe that we are all created equal and we all have a purpose. Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity is a spiritual and religious act of human kindness. Inclusion begins with an invitation, belonging is a value in our homes, diversity is practiced in our community, organizations and workforce. BID is being ready to have a conversation that will identify the various dimensions of building capacity, such as participation, leadership, social supports, sense of community, access, available resources and skills, and the practice of empowering each other by strengthening our eyes to see our work through a different lens. 

Workshop Format: One full day session (September 12, 9:00-4:00) and a follow-up half day session (September 21, 2018, 12-4). Attendance at both sessions is required. This workshop meets at Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre, Igloo Room (Session One) and location TBD (Session Two), and is facilitated by Bernadette Iahtail, Executive Director with Creating Hope Society.

All sessions of this topic have now been completed.


Intercultural Communication and Exploring Dynamics of Power

This workshop focuses on uncovering and examining our cultural assumptions, behavioral expectations, and systemic pressures when it comes to cross-cultural communications and unspoken relationships of power.  Activities are designed to promote the ‘shifting’ of  predominant lenses, to reveal the role of  power dynamics in interpersonal/cross-cultural communications, and to deepen empathy in situations of misunderstanding or conflict.  Participants will actively explore the co-creation of solutions using a model of reciprocal transformative learning and shared power using Forum Theatre.

Workshop Format: One full day session (September 26, 9:00-3:30). This workshop meets at Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre, Jefferson Room, and is facilitated by Donna Mae Ford, Kreisha Oro and Yvonne Chiu from the Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative.

All sessions of this topic have now been completed.


Program Planning through an Inclusion Lens

Inclusive programs and activities are critical in ensuring that the needs of diverse groups you serve, or would like to serve in your organization are being met. This workshop will cover tools and strategies for designing and delivering inclusive programs. Participants will have the opportunity to review their programs through an inclusion lens which can highlight whether there are barriers that prevent some groups from accessing your program(s), and help determine if new or different programs are needed to attract more people to your programs.

Individuals who are directly involved with programming at their organization are encouraged to sign-up for this workshop.

Workshop Format:  One full day session (October 3, 2018, 9:00-4:30). This workshop meets at Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre, Multipurpose Room 6, and is facilitated by Bernadette Iahtail, Executive Director with Creating Hope Society.

All sessions of this topic have now been completed.


Community Engagement and Relationship-building with Cultural Communities

This workshops focuses on how to develop, nurture, and sustain meaningful working relationships with cultural communities in Edmonton. Topics covered will include how to create welcoming, inclusive environments that invite authentic engagement, and how to connect with community members and community leaders for collaborative program development. This workshop will include conversations with cultural brokers and youth leaders.

Workshop Format: One full day session (October 10, 9:00-3:30). This workshop meets at Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre, Studio 3, and is facilitated by Donna Mae Ford, Kreisha Oro and Yvonne Chiu from the Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative.

All sessions of this topic have now been completed.


Diversity and Inclusion for Boards

Most non-profits understand the potential benefits of board diversity and inclusion, yet there are gaps to fulfill and leverage this promise offered. Has your non-profit board discussed diversity and inclusion initiatives but found itself stuck when trying to implement more inclusive practices? This workshop will focus on practical tools and strategies to diversify your board and overcome the challenges involved in shifting to more inclusive board processes.

Workshop Format: One half-day session (October 13, 2018, 9:00-12:30).  This workshop meets at the Edmonton Intercultural Centre, 9538 107 Ave NW, and is facilitated by Ashima Sumaru-Jurf and Kaitlin Lauridsen from CRC Consulting/Centre for Race and Culture. Registration for this session is now closed.


Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Board and Staff

Despite our best efforts and intentions to be inclusive in hiring, HR processes are often layered with implicit biases that keep us from successfully diversifying our staff and boards; as a result, organizations may struggle to be reflective of the communities they serve. In the first session of this workshop, we will cover strategies on how to broaden our recruitment efforts and encourage a diversity of applicants. During the second session, we will practice applying an inclusion lens to a current job or board member posting and also discuss ways to minimize bias in recruitment and selection processes.

All sessions of this topic have now been completed.


Conflict Resolution

This workshop will introduce participants to principles of conflict resolution across a variety of contexts. Participants will build understanding of how their attitudes and actions impact others, build techniques for dealing with difficult conversations, explore the application of principles of mediation to conflict situations, and practice applying their skills to common workplace scenarios.

All sessions of this topic have now been completed.

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