Katena Cain, PhD
Nonprofit Management Consultant
“Far too often, people think of themselves as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.” – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
As humans, we operate within many different networks, all of which influence our perspectives and serve different purposes in our lives. While most networks are formed around a shared experience – such as the organization we work for, the city we live in, or identities that we hold – it is important to be cognizant of the networks we are part of and the diversity that is present within them. Given that our networks influence the way we think and the opportunities we give and receive, lack of diversity within these networks can propagate inequitable systems and create echo chambers of perspectives.
As nonprofits, we cannot meet our missions without having courageous conversations about inclusion and anti-racism in the systems, programs, policies and procedures that govern our organizations. It’s all fine and good to have these conversations in silos, but it is much more impactful when community leaders can come together to engage in conversation about their strengths, barriers and ideas. When we do this, we can learn from each other, share stories and have accountability partners.
On April 22nd from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, thanks to our partner, Michigan Humanities, we are offering Conversations with Community Leaders, a no-cost opportunity for community leaders to come together to do just this. We will engage in conversation with those who are seeking tangible and tactical strategies to transform their organizations into inclusive and welcoming spaces.
If you've read this and are questioning if you are a leader in your organization, I must tell you that leaders are made and not born. If you play a role in your organization, if you run a program or even if you manage the front desk, you are still welcome to join us in this conversation. We look forward to seeing you there!
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