Friday, December 4 12:00 pm - 1:30pm

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Online Zoom Webinar


Nina Lustik 


A Three Part Facilitated Conversation and Hands-on Workshop


The social justice movement, COVID-19, and the current state of civil discourse have created a new sense of urgency in the nonprofit sector to understand and address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Many organizations are recognizing that they have not made demonstrable progress, and many are struggling with the question, "Where do we begin?"
This interactive, three-part series is designed to jumpstart your diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work. To make the most of our time together, there will be pre-work for each session, so that participants can deepen their personal journey and engage in constructive dialogue and planning, to advance the work at their organizations.  Each session builds on the next - please plan to attend all 3 sessions!  Bring multiple board members so that you can work together on evolving your organization. 
This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Bunbury Fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

Part One - Reconciling Values, Good Intentions, and Impact
Friday, December 4th, 2020: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

In Part 1 of this 3-part workshop, we will first deconstruct why this moment in in time is different and the role of systemic racism. We will also lay a foundation for advancing your DEI work. This includes:
  • Creating a safe space for conversations
  • Discussing DEI constructs and developing shared vocabulary
  • Exploring (among other things):
    • Privilege and identity
    • White Dominant culture
    • How unconscious bias shows up on your board and in your organization
    • Identifying challenges and opportunities that are mission specific.
Part Two - Reimagining and Deepening Impact
Wednesday, December 16th, 2020: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Armed with a better understanding of the current environment, this workshop will provide a process and tactical considerations for developing your plan of action. Along the way, we will ask questions and engage the audience in conversations about:
  • What internal assumptions do we need to challenge?
  • What is the role of the board of directors in setting the tone at the top?
  • How do we identify guiding principles and priorities?
  • How do we align board and staff on this journey?
  • How do we center the voices of underrepresented communities?
Part Three - Taking Action
Wednesday, January 13, 2021: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Grounded in best practices and research on DEI, this session will identify various levers and strategies, at the board and staff levels, for effecting change. We will set the stage for the ongoing nature of the DEI journey, with an eye toward how you can integrate DEI in the culture, processes and practices.
In this session, you will start identifying-for your organization-actions to integrate DEI across the organization. Areas of opportunity include, but are not limited to:
  • Ensuring programs are culturally responsive and applying a race equity lens
  • Including underrepresented communities as stakeholders, leaders, and assets for the work
  • Examining the budget as a reflection of organizational values and commitment to equity
  • Prioritizing continuous improvement and learning for equity work
We are very excited to have Vernetta Walker and Dr. Robin Hindsman Stacia as our expert trainers. 

Vernetta Walker                 Dr. Robin Hindsman Stacia

Vernetta Walker, J.D., is President and CEO of Walker & Associates Consulting, Inc. For over a decade, Vernetta served on staff with BoardSource,the leading organization on nonprofit governance best practices, as chief governance officer, vice president of programs, and senior advisor on diversity,equity and inclusion (DEI). She successfully curated content for their national conference that engaged over 1000 attendees in learning circles focused on inclusion and equity. More recently, Vernetta co-designed and is leading a racial equity cohort pilot program, for the Meyer Foundation, that includes DEI assessments, training, coaching, and development of short and long term equity strategy plans. Additionally, in response to the recent racial justice movement,Vernetta co-led a webinar series for The Nonprofit Quarterly with over 3,000 registrants.
Vernetta is an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University for the nonprofit management program, a faculty member for NeighborWorks America, and a certified cultural transformation consultant with the Barrett Values Centre. Some of her DEI engagements included T. Rowe Price Nonprofit Symposium,AFP International Leadership Academy, Better Business Bureau, and the Commonfund Institute at theYale University School of Management.Vernetta serves on the board of March for Our Lives Action Fund (founded after the 2018 shootings in Parkland, FL) and is president of the March for Our Lives Foundation. She received a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
Dr. Robin Hindsman Stacia is President/Principal Consultant of Sage Consulting Network, Inc., and a previous Senior Governance Consultant for BoardSource, and a previous Director of Consulting and Training for Maryland Association of Nonprofits.  Dr. Stacia's consults with nonprofit charities, foundations, associations, healthcare, faith-based, and government organizations. Dr. Stacia has a specific specialty within the work of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Race Equity assessment, strategies and governance practices.  Robin has worked with a broad range of organizations to help guide their DEI strategic implementation. 
Robin is frequent presenter at conferences throughout the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors; Habitat for Humanity International Conference, Southeastern Council on Foundations Annual Conference, NC Center for Nonprofits Annual Conference, the Alliance for a Better Nonprofit- Knoxville, TN, BoardSource Leadership Forum, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Robin has vast webinar experience having presented hundreds of webinars over the past 15 years on behalf of BoardSource and Sage Consulting to help organizations meet their priorities of strengthening the organizational and board leaders' capacity.
Dr. Stacia has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Psy.D from Wright State University and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ohio University. She is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (Johns Hopkins), BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and a Licensed Consultant, Standard for Excellence.