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View the meeting slides here: Diversity Champions 6.19.18

Diversity Champions:

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for our June meeting. If you missed out, or would like to revisit the session content, this blog provides a short recap. As an introduction, please watch the video below from author Robin DiAngelo about deconstructing what it means to be white. It is a bit longer than the usual videos we share, but I assure you it is worth your time, and will help move you into a more open and conscious head space.

 

Welcome & Introductions:
We were honored to have Ruth Jones joining us in Ballard Hall to share her valuable insight and recent experiences working with the Oregon Center for Educational Equality. Ruth is a brown Latina from Mexicali, raised in California and an Oregonian for the past 13 years. She is a mom of 4 adult children and has a loving, energetic dog who she loves dearly. Ruth is very passionate about the work she does serving the Latinx community and coaching administrators and educators around the work of equity and inclusion with our marginalized populations.

Chapters 8 & 9:
Our conversation focused on how to keep us all at the table for these courageous conversations. We explored the working definition of race (Chapter 9) and shared different perspectives of what that means to each of us, and how that has changed during our work with the Courageous Conversations Field Guide. We were excited to learn about the different ways our colleagues have been using their newfound knowledge and curiousity in their program areas and realms of influence. We also acknowledged the amount of work left to be done. As Ruth said, this type of change truly takes a village.

Homework/Reading for July’s meeting:
Chapter 10: Let’s Talk about Whiteness
Chapter 11: How Racial Equity Leaders Eliminate Systemic Racal Disparities
Please remember to keep journalling on your own and talking with your fellow Diversity Champions about your experiences.

Annoucements:

  • Please remember to fill out this Doodle Poll to let us know your availability for the Mentorship Training with Jeff Sherman. If you have any questions about travel costs or the training itself, please reach out to me directly.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Our July meeting will be re-scheduled to July 24th (no longer on July 17). Please keep an eye out for a calendar event in the next week.

 

Thank you again,

Ana Lu

View the meeting slides here: Diversity Champions 5.15.18

Diversity Champions:

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Ballard Hall or by Zoom for our May monthly session! If you could not attend, this blog post provides a short recap. I am available for any questions you may have and also encourage you to connect with other Diversity Champions to help you process the reading and to expand your awareness of the different racial experiences of your friends and colleagues. Remember, this space is a personal, as well as organizational, growth opportunity for all of us. The best indicator of how inclusive Extension is lives in each one of us.

Welcome & Introductions:
We were delighted to have Rodrigo Ruiz Corona, 4-H/Juntos Outreach Coordinator for Clackamas County Extension, joining us for this session. Rodrigo has been participating as often as possible in our Diversity Champion conversations and is always excited to be in vibrant and challenging spaces. His background is in History and Sociology, however, his true passion lies in appreciating the ways in which we are all similar, different and unique, as well as placing the natural world at the center of learning and teaching in his work. This passion led Rodrigo to work for the Center for Diversity and the Environment facilitating Equity, Diversity and Inclusion trainings for individuals and organizations in the environmental field. Currently, he leads experiential youth development programs for immigrant families. An immigrant himself, he has always been interested in the ever-changing demographic landscape in the United States, the crafting of identity and the meanings associated with different waves of immigration over time in this continent. We were very lucky and honored to hear from Rodrigo about his unique experiences.

Homework Activity review
After our last session, we asked you to journal on the following topic: From 1 – 100%, how much of my life is impacted by my race?

  • We talked about our insights as a group and encourage you to find another Diversity Champion to share your experience with. Talking through this activity with others is a great introduction to this month’s reading, especially Chapter 7: Engaging Multiple Racial Perspectives. Each of us were brought into this world where the social construct of race was already in place, therefore we have different experiences navigating it.
  • Compass check: Which quadrant(s) did you find yourself in while journaling on the topic above?

Chapters 6 & 7

Our conversation focused on Keeping the Spotlight on Race and Agreeing to Engage Multiple Racial Perspectives. Both conditions are essential when engaging in productive conversations that advance our understanding and bring us closer as a community.

  • Our reading helped us understand the pervasive way that the social construct of race has seeped into our psyche and therefore our daily lives. We looked at examples from the media that use the construct of whiteness as the standard and the aspiration. They portray people of color with a negative connotation. View the meeting slide link at the top of this post to see these examples (taken from google images).
  • Next time you are reading a magazine or watching television, try to use your racial consciousness to identify the hidden messages in which whiteness is socialized.
  • In our session, we heard from people online and in the room about their unique racial experiences. This is always what is at the core of the conversation and makes our hour together fly by. Food for the soul.

See you on June 19 for our next meeting!
Homework/Reading: Please read Chapters 8 & 9 before our next meeting.

Upcoming Sessions:
June 19: Review Chapters 8 & 9  (C.C.A.R.)
July 17:   Review Chapters 10 & 11  (C.C.A.R.)
August 21: Review Chapters 12 & 13  (C.C.A.R.)
September 18: Mentorship training with Jeff Sherman
October 16: Intercultural Communication Module
November: 2018/19 Diversity Champion registration open
December: Extension annual conference (Social Justice Initiative and Search Advocate trainings most likely available)

Please stay tuned for details about the upcoming sessions. You each are developing a very keen awareness that will definitely  manifest itself in the work and programs of our division.

Thank you again,

Ana Lu

 

 

View the meeting slides here: Diversity Champions 4.17.18

Diversity Champions:

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week in Ballard Hall and online via Zoom. To those of you with Outdoor School, UABC and other conflicting meetings, THANK YOU for staying engaged by reading Chapters 4 & 5 of our CCAR Field Guide book and this blog recap and engaging with other champions who attended the session. The outline below provides a brief summary of the session. It does not capture the richness of engaging with each other and the deep conversations we are having at these meetings, so, my recommendation is to NOT MISS THESE MEETINGS! They are crucial for us as a team and like gold for your souls. If you had to miss a session or two, do not worry (too much), find a champion and keep up with your reading and your own growth. We need every single one of you to move this conversation forward.

Welcome!
• Maria Chavez-Haroldson joined us a guest facilitator. Maria has been participating on our Diversity Champions team since the Fall and is the owner of Culturally Responsive Solutions, a consultant business focusing on equity, diversity, and inclusion and organizational development. Maria is currently a Ph.D. candidate with the goal of completing her studies in Social Justice Leadership and Change in 2018. Her research topic is the lived experience of women of color working as Chief Diversity Officers (or equivalent) in Academia. She recently served as the Vice President of Metropolitan Group, a social change agency in Portland, and has served as an Administrative Director in state government. Maria is a first-generation immigrant, a mother and a grandmother and we were honored to have her join us and share from her valuable perspective.

Homework Activity review
After our last session, we asked you to journal privately on the following topic: Think of an experience when your racial consciousness was developed. Name and reflect on the discovery, then trace it through the stages outlined in the reading. We agreed to keep our own journals from now on. Do not worry, you will never be asked to share your insight if you are not comfortable. This journey is a gift to yourself and will change the way you see the world.
• Where were you on the CCAR compass as you were journaling about your experience? Remember that the CCAR framework works with the whole self and asks us to always check in with “where we are on the compass.”
Quick hint: If you are always in the same quadrant, like the thinking quadrant, something may be off. Please check in with me if you are unsure of how to check in with the compass.

Chapters 4 & 5:
During this session, our compass moderator, Ana Gomez, helped us to ensure that we kept our reflections and conversations focused on our personal, local and immediate experiences. This, and the content of Chapters 4 & 5, shaped our conversation into these main areas:
• Why is it so difficult to have conversations about race?
• Knowing what you know and don’t know (refer to slide 3)
• Realizing how we have been socialized to think about race and creating a practice to lean in the conversation (this is what being a Diversity Champion is all about!)
• Letting go of your ego and not being afraid to make mistakes when interacting with others. Just as important is forgiving others for their mistakes, which will help us all stay as open as possible to courageous conversations. It is less about competency than a way of being. Stay engaged, stay curious about your own thinking and ask brave questions to others and most importantly, to yourself.

Other Resources: If you have an ONID account, you can make use of Kanopy to watch documentaries, such as Race – The Power of an Illusion, and dive deeper into the crucial importance of holding these conversations. Follow this link for information on how to access Kanopy: https://guides.library.oregonstate.edu/kanopy 

See you on May 15 for our next meeting!
Homework: Journal on the following topic and share some of your thoughts with another Champion. Yes, this journal of yours will only grow! You are working on your own racial autobiography, which is like discovering where you are really from (how cool is that?).
Topic: From 1 – 100%, how much of my life is impacted by my race?

Reading: Please read Chapters 6 & 7 before our next meeting.

Thank you again,

Ana Lu

Diversity Champions:

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday in Ballard Hall and online via Zoom. To those of you with 4-H, Open Campus and other conflicting meetings, THANK YOU for staying engaged by reading Chapter 3 of the book, this blog recap and engaging with other champions that attended the session. We started Tuesday’s session by using the homework assignment from our last meeting to talk about how important passion is to our work as Diversity Champions and then spent the rest of the meeting discussing Chapter Three of our CCAR Field Guide. The outline below provides a brief summary of the session.

Welcome and Introductions:
• For this meeting, we were joined by Marcianne Koetje, Equity and ELL coordinator for the Corvallis School District, who has been participating on our Diversity Champions team since our kick-off event at the Extension Annual Conference. Marcianne has been in education for over 15 years and has served as teacher, principal and coach in dual language schools. She grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and is passionate about the advocacy and empowerment of communities. Marcianne is currently a PhD student in the LEEP (Language Equity and Education Policy) program here at OSU.
• Reminder: Check in with your Courageous Conversations Compass during these conversations.
– If you are working in pairs or with a smaller group of Champions, consider designating one person to be the “compass enforcer.”
– Ana Gomez played this role during our meeting and reminded us that checking in with the compass will help us stay focused on our personal, local and immediate racial context. This is crucial to our Courageous Conversations practice because this is work from the inside out.
– The compass can be found on Page 29 of your Field Guide books. For practice, try making a copy and posting it in your office so you can check in with yourself throughout the day.

Homework Activity Review (Pg 31-33):
• We introduced the concept of Courageous Conversation as Utilizing the Protocol, (which is the 4 agreements, 6 conditions, and compass), to engage, sustain, and deepen interracial dialogue in order to examine schooling and improve student achievement.
• Defined “passion” as it relates to equity work: Without your passion, this work does not happen. Our Field Guide book and many of our team members describe passion as the cornerstone and driver of this work.
– What does passion mean to you? Did the homework assignment help clarify this for you?
– Compass check: What quadrants where you in when you completed last session’s homework?

Chapter Three:
This session was an open conversation with many of our team members sharing personal stories of success or discomfort in their different experiences. We encourage you to connect with other Champions to reflect on what you learned in Chapter Three: Why Race?
• We opened the conversation by asking, how have we been conditioned to think about race?
• We defined the following terms:
– Race: The socially constructed meaning attached to a variety of physical attributes, including, but not limited to skin and eye color, hair texture and bone structures. Often, the definition of race is tailored to benefit different purposes thorough history.
– Racism: The belief that one set of these physical characteristics is superior to another set.
– Racist: Any person who subscribes to the belief above and perpetuates them intentionally or unconsciously.
– Please note that these definitions are not exclusive or extensive. Refer to chapter 3 for further reference.
• A Success Story: The needs of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work are so great that it can be easy to get discouraged or feel like we could never make a difference. That is one reason why we are excited to share this story of success from our guest facilitator, Marcianne.
Five years ago, the graduation rates of Corvallis School District Latinx students were hovering around 50%. The district knew it needed a change and began sending teachers and staff to the Courageous Conversations Beyond Diversity workshops. These workshops, along with efforts to connect with families and create culturally relevant classrooms and curriculum, had amazing results that were felt throughout the community. Currently, over 500 teachers and staff have gone through the Beyond Diversity workshop and graduation rates for Latinx students are now above 80%! So please don’t lose heart, Diversity Champions. The passion you have makes a difference in your communities every day.

We talked about how relevant the Courageous Conversations protocol has been in creating a common language about race and allowing us to talk about it and its impact in education. Perhaps it is required to think, feel, believe and act differently to see different results like this (a close in the racial achievement gap).

See you on April 17 for our next meeting!
Homework: Journal on the following topic (this can be kept private, and you will not be asked to share if you are not comfortable):
Topic: Think of an experience when your racial consciousness was developed. Name and reflect on the discovery, then trace it through the stages outlined in the reading.
Reading: Please read Chapters 4 and 5 before this meeting.

Thank you again,

Ana Lu

View the meeting slides here: Diversity Champions Slides 2.20

Dear Champions,

Thank you to those of you who joined us on Tuesday for our first Courageous Conversations About Race meeting. For those of you who had scheduling conflicts, this blog post provides a brief summary of Tuesday’s session. We appreciate you taking ownership of your own learning and encourage you to find others in your office to connect with about the content. Please refer to the link at the top of the page to access the meeting slides. To help us connect with each other, we have posted our membership list on our website: 2017-18 Membership list.

Welcome and Overview:
• We appreciate your dedication to this important work and want to stress that this first stage will be a personal journey with much self-reflection. However, as Diversity Champions and catalysts for institutional change, we need to first understand how race and culture impact everyone’s lives.
• We read Pablo Vega´s poem (refer to Slide 2) and used it to remember why we do this work: We do it for young people just like Pablo.

Review of Courageous Conversations Protocol (refer to Slide 3):
• The 4 Agreements: With practice you can utilize these agreements in many aspects of your life. They will be especially important to our work as Diversity Champions.
• Using The Compass, please think about which quadrant(s) you were in as you read the poem from Slide 2.
• Review the 6 Agreements. Which Agreement(s) do you think may present a challenge for you?

We started to establish our working definition of race:
• We talked about race as a social construct, however we will take a deeper dive into this in Chapter 3 (that´s one reason you should not miss our next Meeting on March 20th!)

We shared some of our worries and concerns:
• These conversations can be challenging because many of us are afraid to speak up or ask questions in fear of saying the “wrong thing.” In our meetings, we want to create a safe space that helps lessen these fears and encourages communication.
• This work can be emotionally draining, so we need to practice self-care to avoid burning out.
• Often there is no “instant gratification” for this type of work. We are fighting the long fight and that can be exhausting.
• What are some of your fears about taking on this heavy, but rewarding work?

Homework for March 20 meeting:
Please refer to Slide 6 for the reading and activity and to our membership list to find Champions to partner with. The activity is presented as a group activity, but you are welcome to work in pairs.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, March 20th at 9:30 a.m. to explore Chapter 3 “Why Race”. Until then, I invite you stay engaged in this process by practicing the Four Agreements in all aspects of your life. You will see how this new understanding of the world quickly and positively effects your personal, local and immediate lives.

All my best,

Ana Lu

Our developmental plan

Dear Diversity Champions,

It was amazing getting to know you on a more personal level last December 4th!

For those of you that were not able to attend, please know that we just opened a can of worms, now is time to go deeper, therefore your contributions from now on will be impactful and very much appreciated.

Based on your feedback and your amazing energy and the will to act and influence O&E now, we designed a developmental journey with the topics that you identified as most relevant for your own unique work and life situations.

I am sure that you already know this, but just want to remind you that this journey NEVER ends, the struggle of justice and inclusion still continues and I invite you to be an active part of the change thorough your entire life.

Here is the professional development plan to kick start your journey as diversity champions. Within this plan there are four stages. We are going to talk more about this plan in our next Diversity Champions virtual meeting and in the blog

The first stage of your journey is to explore your own racial identity and how that intersects with how you experience the world. For this amazing journey, we are going to use the theoretical framework of Courageous Conversations About Race. All of you who attended the “Setting the stage” event at the Fall conference have the blue book (I hope). If this does not sound familiar, contact me and we will get you up to speed.

The first time we will meet by zoom will be  Tuesday February 20th at 9:30 am. Prior to this meeting please read part 1 chapter 2 and 3 and be prepared to reflect on and deconstruct your own racial identity. We will meet every 3rd Tuesday of the month for this journey. Please e mail me if you have a consistent conflict with this time arrangement.

I understand that not all of you are going to be able to attend this meeting (I really hope that you do). However, this plan is designed so that you can take charge of your own growth.

During stage 2, you will get to experience the 2-day Social Justice Training by the amazing Jane Waite, Senior Social Justice Initiative Director. This 2-day workshop is likely to be held here on campus during summer, we will send a doodle pool soon.

During stage 3, we will move to intercultural communication as well as personal bias. Most of you want to also advance in your ability to adapt practices and behaviors to different ways to experience the world. We will use the Intercultural Development Inventory

with this tool we will enhance our cross cultural competency (using a wide definition of culture that includes our learned behaviors and mindsets). Please feel free to suggest other methods or frameworks by e mail or in the comments section.

After you complete stages 1, 2 and 3, the final stage of this plan will transition to your own Personal Leadership Journey, in which you will get to decide your initiative based on your passion and the change you want to see in Outreach and Engagement.

Thank you again for joining this amazing group. Together we will transform the

ways we see and engage with ourselves and each other.

Diversity Champions, now more than ever is the time to build bridges to understand our own identity and to engage with each other in a meaningful way.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 20th!

Check out this video

 

 

 

 

 

What is a Diversity Champion?

The word “champions” comes from the Latin concept of “campionem” for “gladiator, fighter.” Raaawr! But wait, there’s no need to grab your sword… because a champion is also a person who defends a cause or stands for an  ideal.

In our Outreach and Engagement work, Diversity Champions are people who use their superpowers in the name of a diversity value or ideal. That ideal could be a better world, a more inclusive or relevant program, or a greener and more loving future for generations to come. We recognize Champions who strive every day to learn, grow, and create a better future—not just those who have already succeeded at something or are an expert.

Today’s world is a world of many ideas, thoughts, perspectives, backgrounds, experiences, philosophies, and beliefs. It is a world of individuals with multiple identities. Let’s embrace the opportunity to enrich our selves, our lives, and our work with this diversity.

As Assistant Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion for our organization, my vision is to create a loving, united, authentic, inclusive and powerful team with a common vision and commitment to a sustainable transformation.

To realize this vision, we must gather and invest resources to ensure we are thinking intentionally about inclusion at all levels and that people from all walks of life—who have the potential and ability to transform the world through their talents, ideas, and voices—are not just heard but embraced. As a land grant institution, we have the power to impact and learn from every person who we come in contact with.

The Outreach and Engagement Diversity Champions team will be pioneers in this transformation. They will work with me to support our Division to enhance the tools and strategies we will need to work and learn in a diverse and complex world. Our Champions will also be involved in the communities they serve and be part of a larger transformation toward a more, understanding, compassionate, and open society. This will be accomplished through planning, developing, coordinating, supporting, and participating. We will create the work together!

If you want to “strive” and be a pioneer for a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Division, please join our Diversity Champions team. Follow this link and let me know more about yourself. All are welcome. This team is not a “committee” with a limit to how many people can participate.

Please let me know if you have questions, and stay tuned for more!

Check out the live invite here:

Become a Diversity Champion!

 

 

 

 

 

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