FCSS Phase 3: Strengthening Inclusive Agencies Strengthening Inclusive Agencies

Course Description

Strengthening Inclusive Agencies

Continuing to support FCSS-funded organizations with their Diversity and Inclusion capacity building strategies, the Centre for Race and Culture, Multicultural Health Brokers Co-op, and Creating Hope Society have partnered together to help the organizations advance the adoption and promotion of diversity and inclusion principles.

The project plan progresses through the following steps and series of activities:

1. Organizational Assessment for Diversity and Inclusion Workshop

In this interactive workshop, we will review the general concepts around diversity and inclusion, and provide examples of inclusive practices. Then we will provide an orientation to the assessment tool, which presents a framework for understanding and assessing inclusion from a holistic standpoint and is designed to help organizations better meet the needs of diverse communities. The facilitators will help the participants work through the questions on the tool in order to build understanding of the questions, and the basis upon which areas are identified by the assessment as target areas. In addition to providing an opportunity for organizations to self-identify their own strengths and priorities for D&I work within their individual organizational context, the workshop is an opportunity for organizations to network with one another and continue building their collaborative capacity to discuss and learn from one another about diversity and inclusion.

Note: Organizations are asked to identify 2-4 individuals from their organization can take the lead in conducting a self-assessment during and after the workshop.

2. Priority Identification

After completing their self-assessments, organizations will be asked to identify their top two to three opportunities for a next step in developing their organizational D&I capacity. These will be drawn directly from the indicators on the self-assessment tool, as well as the organization’s assessment of their areas of readiness. This information will be provided back to the project team as assessments are completed, in order to inform the next stage of activities.

3. Community of Practice Working Groups

In this stage, working groups will be organized by the project team partners to bring together groups of agencies to work towards a common goal. These groups will bring together organizations with shared priorities for D&I development into communities of practice, who will meet four times to work together towards the completion of an outcome over the remaining span of the project. We anticipate the creation of five working groups, organized into communities of practice with shared concerns such as:

·         A working group for organizations who identify a priority area within the governance realm, such as policy development or board development.

·         A working group for organizations who identify a priority area within the external realm related to connecting with communities and diverse groups, such as partnering with community organizations or understanding the needs of diverse individuals.

·         A working group for organizations who identify a priority area within the external realm related to service delivery, such as program design or evaluation.

·         A working group for organizations who identify a priority area within the operations realm related to staffing, such as hiring, promotion, and retention.

·         A working group for organizations who identify a priority area within the operations realm related to communications, such as outreach and reporting.

Each working group will be supported to develop an outcome that is relevant to their identified priority area and that makes use of techniques that best suit that outcome.

4. Final resource sharing/ongoing Communities of Practice

At the close of the project, organizations will be invited to a final sharing event that will provide participants with compiled resources from all working groups across the project’s various working groups, allowing participants to have access to resources that may be of use to them in their next steps, and re-connect participants to the wider network of agencies so that ongoing Communities of Practice can be formed and supported.