2022 NW Diversity Learning Series

Calling BS: Rejecting Lip Service, Demanding Accountability

for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The NW Diversity Learning Series has decided 2022 is the time to “call BS” on lip service regarding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Series believes it can play a role for people in organizations becoming savvy consumers of information about DEI, to be competent in the “art of skepticism”—from being able to tell when you are being manipulated, to knowing how to fact-check, to being wary of how photos and graphs can lie. Each session will provide basic skills and tools necessary to “Call BS”

The Series will explore “Calling BS” and what “demanding accountability” looks like for six compelling topics. Our approach to moving from lip service to accountability relies on a 3-level framework: micro level (individual, group and team responsibilities), systemic level (fair and equitable policies and practices), and macro level (equity in community relationships).

The goal of this Series is to help employees and managers hold themselves and their organizations accountable so that lip service does not substitute for transformative actions.

Virtual sessions and recordings:

  • ALL sessions are being conducted virtually.  Each session runs from 9:00 am to 11:30 am Pacific Time

  • Webinar Recordings: If granted permission by the Session Presenter(s), we will share the webinar recording with registered individuals after each Session for 4 weeks.

Accessibility: American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, by certified interpreters, are scheduled for the entire 2022 NWDLS. If you need an accommodation, please contact NWDLS Series Manager Julie Reimer: julie.reimer@i4sdi.org to discuss additional accessibility options. Requests MUST be made at least TWO weeks prior to the session.

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Fact or Fiction: Learning How to Challenge Lip Service & DEI Data
January 27, 2022

Why this session? Data and statistics have been used by organizations to justify (or not) their DEI efforts. This session will examine the data traditionally used for DEI and ask the questions: Is it just BS? Has it made a difference? Or do we have the wrong data?

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Accountability is More Than a Hashtag: What Have You Actually Done?
March 24, 2022

Why this session? Organizations use hashtags to state their intentions publicly but is their commitment lip service or does it actually bring about systemic change? This session digs into the data and results to learn what actions can substantively change lives.

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Environmental Justice: Uncovering Deadly Outcomes Hidden in the Land, Water, & Air
 May 25, 2022

Why this session? Today, zip code is still the most potent indicator of an individual's health & well-being. Delve into misinformation regarding environmental racism, sexism & classism and learn how to integrate racial, economic, environmental & social justice into corporate social responsibility.

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LGBTQIA+ AND Equity: Bringing One's Whole Self to the Team
 June 29, 2022

Why this session? The LGBTQIA+ community has been under attack, resulting in restrictions to their rights. We will learn how deceptive & misleading information has affected the workplace & how to create an inclusive environment where LGBTQIA+ people can bring their whole selves to the team.

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Courageous Conversations with Our Future Co-workers
September 29, 2022

Why this session? The conversation about race & racism in America is taking center stage as demographics change, and power dynamics shift. This session will illuminate the misinformation around race & racism and equip us with tools for having courageous conversations about including everyone.

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Untold Stories: Surmounting the Disinformation of Native American Legacies
November 10, 2022

Why this session? Native Americans have not had the same presence in organizational DEI efforts as other groups. Disinformation has been taught to white people about the history of how this land came to be considered "ours". We will gain an appreciation of this land's original occupants, and discover practices to better include Native Americans in DEI efforts.