What a wonderful professional gathering VAN had at United Way! Thank you so much to Alice Fong and Alice Park for leading the discussion. Their powerpoint is attached below, but the thought provoking questions and the discussion can’t be conveyed completely. They began with the question “What does racial equity mean to you?” Then they explored how stereotypes become prejudice become oppression become discrimination. Table groups had very lively discussions with the question “When did you first experience or see oppression happening?” Then we discussed how do we bring racial equity to volunteerism. How do we give all volunteers a sense of real belonging? What’s the difference between volunteerism in mainstream communities versus communities of color? What barriers do we put up unaware? One concept we discussed was to attract diverse volunteers, you need to be attractive. Are you?
This is a deep topic and one we want to explore more in the coming year. Look for a half day workshop to come this spring to dive in deeper!