We join all of you in following the “Stay home, stay healthy” order from the Governor to protect our Puget Sound Community from the Coronavirus Pandemic.


As co-directors of ISDI, we are committed to continuing to provide the strategic direction and valuable education we are known for to our DEI community. 


Here are the actions we are taking:

  • We are working with our host Sponsor for how we deliver the 2020 Series in the event we are unable to resume normal operations this year

  •  We also are currently scheduling conference calls with all our Sponsors and Strategic Partners about the 2020 Series

  • We are holding conference calls with presenters of upcoming sessions to determine alternative ways to deliver their valuable content so that we respect social distancing and gathering requirements

  • We are also exploring other ways ISDI can support our DEI community in the Puget Sound Region.


We very much miss meeting you in person—the powerful face-face opportunities we have to learn how to make our organizations more inclusive. Now, in spite of the fact that social distancing and working from home keeps us apart, we are committed to finding virtual ways to keep us connected and motivated to continue learning and growing together.


Keep the faith, stay positive, breathe, exercise safely, and sing! More to come!


Barbara and Effenus, and the entire ISDI team


Session 1

Intersectionality: Confronting the Tensions of Our Overlapping Identities

January 29, 2020

Presenter: Michelle Rivera-Clonch, Ph.D.

Explore the growing impact of overlapping or intersecting social identities and the related systems of oppression, domination, and discrimination that impact creating inclusive workplaces, and what you can do to create a more welcoming and inclusive culture.  


Session 2

Call it What It Is: Eliminating the Impact of White Supremacy in Our Systems

August 12, 2020 - NEW SESSION DATE!


Presenters: Joel Brown & Nick van Santen

Learn what you can do to eliminate the impact of white supremacy by exploring how white supremacy became a concept in the United States, and how it became embedded in organizations—conscious or not. Identify the characteristics of White Supremacy in organizations that advantage and value some people, and disadvantage and devalue others.


Session 3

Marginalizing Immigrants is an Old Story: It's Time to Write a New Chapter

May 13, 2020 - Going Virtual! 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Presenters: John Lopez and Carlos Gil

Learn how to make your workplace more welcoming and inclusive of immigrant employees by knowing the historical role immigration has played in the development of the United States, the contributions of immigrants to the advancement of the country and our economy − particularly in terms of start-ups, innovation, inventions and creativity, and confront the biases and myths about immigrants, particularly immigrants of color.   

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Session 4

Algorithms and You: Decoding the Bias Within

June 24, 2020

Learn what Artificial Intelligence means, how it impacts us as individuals, our work environments, and influences how we think, perceive, believe and act. Gain understanding about how AI is affecting diversity and relationships, and what we can do about it.

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Session 5

Latinx Rising: Delivering on the Promise

September 23, 2020

Encourage relationships between Latinx and other groups by exploring the dynamic sphere of Latinx, from the growth engine it represents in terms of talent, leadership, purchasing power, and population, to continued underrepresentation and lack of inclusion.


Session 6

Unsettled and Traumatized: How Do I Deal With the Hate Around Me

November 18, 2020

Learn how to promote a culture of safety, empowerment and healing to support employees experiencing trauma, whether the result of hate crimes, mass shootings, political disagreements, or targeting of ethnic or LGBTQ+ groups, or workplace intimidation or violence. This session will draw on trauma-informed care and best practices for a healthy workplace.

Institute for Sustainable Diversity & Inclusion is an HRCI Approved Provider. 
“The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®)  criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.”