2020 NW Diversity Learning Series Session Resources

Culture Clash--Imagine Transforming Distrust & Discomfort into Resilient Relationships

Continue your learning from the NW Diversity Learning Series Sessions. The resources below provide valuable tools, worksheets, articles, and a variety of resources for you to sustain your learning.


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Session 1: Intersectionality: Confronting the Tensions of Our Overlapping Identities

January 29, 2020

In this session, participants explored the concept of Intersectionality—which means that each individual has many dimensions to their identity. Our dimensions of identity work together to effect our experiences and behaviors in relation to power, equality, oppression, privilege, injustice and bias.

Michelle Rivera-Clonch, presenter for this session, provided these handouts and resources to extend participants’ learning:

Session PowerPoint Presentation.




Videos and Article.


Book List. Review the list of 4 books we gave away.

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Session 2: Marginalizing Immigrants is an Old Story: It's Time to Write a New Chapter

May 13, 2020

In this session, participants developed an understanding of the social context in which immigrants in the U.S. try to succeed, discovered key components of the cultural lenses immigrants bring to the workplace and explored an approach to improve utilization and contributions of immigrant employees and leaders.

John and Carlos, presenters for this session, provided the following insightful articles, and resources to extend participants’ learning:

Session Power Point Presentation.


Continue Learning Opportunities.



On-line immigrant resources/data.

Book: Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring: Lean Forward, Learn, Leverage, by Lisa Z. Fain and Lois J. Zachary, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2020.


Session 3: Moving Beyond the Trauma: Innovative Response to the Differential Impacts of COVID-19

June 24, 2020

In this session, participants increased understanding of trauma, and the habitual ways individuals and institutions respond to overwhelming events and identified innovative and generative responses to trauma, to replace habitual ones.

Maurice, presenter for this session, provided the session Power Point presentation and these articles and resources to extend participants’ learning:

Session PowerPoint Presentation


Continue Learning Opportunities:


Articles related to COVID-19 and George Floyd killing.

Meditation Resources.

  • Meditating in Seattle. Inspired by our teacher Sri Chinmoy, we have been holding meditation classes in Seattle for over 45 years.

  • Mindfulness Northwest ‑ Weekly mindfulness practice groups which are in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and accessible to all regardless of spiritual/religious orientation. All of these groups are drop-in. You may contact them ahead for more information and an orientation to what they do or simply drop in. Prior experience with MBSR is helpful. Also locations in Kirkland and Tacoma.

  • Insight Timer – Free App for Sleep, Relaxation, Stress & Anxiety. A meditation app with the world's largest FREE library of more than 30k guided meditations, 5k teachers & the world's most loved meditation Timer 


Session 4: A World Beyond Now: Eliminating the Impact of White Supremacy in Our Systems

August 12, 2020

In the fourth session of the year, participants tackled the challenging topic of White Supremacy, evaluating how White Supremacy manifests itself at a systemic and interpersonal level. We begin the process of self-examination to uproot white supremacy at the individual level.

Joel and Nick provided these resources, tool and articles to extend participants’ learning:


Continue Learning Resources.




Articles related to White Supremacy.


  • A Workforce Divided: Survey Finds Alarming Rise of Politics at Work

    • The Politics at Work survey, fielded October 7-14, 2019, follows Society for Human Resource Management's 2019 culture report, which found nearly 1 in 5 Americans have quit a job in the past five years due to toxic workplace culture—costing U.S. companies $223 billion in turnover. Taken together SHRM's research suggests that the rise of political conflicts in the workplace could drive disengagement and intensify toxicity; one of the reports’ findings: 42 percent of U.S. employees have personally experienced political disagreements in the workplace.



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Session 5: Latinx Rising: Delivering on the Promise

September 23, 2020

In this session, participants gained an appreciation of the Latinx communities’ indispensable role in the U.S. economy and society and how unconscious bias adversely impacts Latinx communities from a social justice lens.

Cynthia and Juan provided these resources, tool and articles to extend participants’ learning:

Session Power Point Presentation. 


Continued Learning Opportunities.


Additional Resources.