2017 Annual Report: Goals
The Diversity Council focuses its work in three areas: civic equity, educational equity, and health equity. Every year the Executive Director sets specific goals and measures for what we hope to accomplish in each equity area. The goals and measures for 2018 are outlined below.
An equitable and inclusive community, where all individuals are empowered, conscientious, and courageous.
Civic Equity Goal
Civic equity is the realization of a society where all individuals receive equitable access to resources, protections, and opportunities. Each person enjoys: (a) equal treatment under law, both through law enforcement and the judicial system; (b) equitable access to and representation in the political process; and (c) equal opportunity to engage in the design of and benefit from inclusive public policy.
Civic Equity Measures
The Diversity Council establishes and/or maintains relationships with crucial entities at the local, state, and regional level that impact its Civic equity focus area, and provides resources and activities for individual development and participation in thoughtful and deliberate civic action. Its activities include environmental scanning, assessment, interpretation, and implementation of actions related to civic participation and inclusive government.
Improving trust and understanding between citizens and law enforcement/judicial systems by convening a minimum of 3 community dialogs and facilitating or participating in 4-6 inter-organizational planning sessions.
Working directly with 3 or more law enforcement or judicial agencies on organizational culture, community relations, and/or policies and procedures utilizing EquityLogic™ trainings and consultation. Formal trainings and consultation will result in a) 70 percent of participants reporting an increase in knowledge; b) one organization reporting significant change in organizational culture and/or community relationships.
Identifying and publicizing critical information related to policing and judicial equity issues and activities a minimum of 5 times.
Convening or participating in 3-4 regional public policy discussions. Participating in a minimum of 1 statewide civic equity focused committee or board.
Working directly with 2 or more municipalities and/or governmental entities on integrating underrepresented viewpoints and voices through community engagement efforts and/or appointment practices.
Identifying and publicizing 2-3 critical public policy issues with significant impact on marginalized populations.
Developing diverse and engaged leadership in civic circles. DC is participating in and/or delivering:
The Ready to Lead initiative relates directly to the development of skills important to government and nonprofit board participation. DC will continue in this collaborative work by a) convening and certifying two cohorts of 10-12 individuals from underrepresented groups and fostering them into board and committee membership; b) consulting on and lobbying for change in local governmental board/committee appointment processes; and c) increasing diverse applicants to at least 3 local NPO boards, as requested and/or reported by NPOs.
The Art of Participatory Leadership builds facilitation, grassroots organizing, and convening skills. DC will a) convene the SPRING 2018 cohort of 25 individuals b) support initiatives that arise from the class through mentoring and, as appropriate, fiscal sponsorship; c) use the project aspect of the training to connect graduates with critical opportunities for continued community impact.
Community Leaders Creating Change, a DC leadership initiative, provides individuals from underrepresented populations with self-advocacy skills and an understanding of bias. DC will: a) complete year 2 activities with the initial cohort 0f 15-20 individuals; b) provide real-life experience in community action; and c) create connections between graduates and civic organizations and initiatives.
Student Leaders Creating Change has been redesigned for college age students. DC will work with RCTC to build out and implement a program for 20-25 students beginning Fall 2018.
Educational Equity Goal
Educational equity exists when all individuals are fully prepared for the roles of their choice, regardless of personal or social circumstances. Educational equity requires systems of support that result in full access to opportunities that lead to personal growth.
Educational Equity Measures
The Diversity Council focuses on three educational issues: addressing the school to prison pipeline by building individual advocacy skills in students, strengthening and diversifying career pathways, and improving communication and connectivity between existing and developing educational resources and potential students.
1. Deploying youth programming and curriculum modules that address individual empowerment, self-advocacy, advocacy for others, understanding bias, and active participation in school culture - all central to creating positive school and life experiences, establishing a foundation for success, and reducing interactions with the criminal justice system. DC will deliver:
Research-based student and whole family trainings. DC will a) reach 400 grades K through 8 students; b) reach 50-75 families with whole family curriculum and resources; c) reach 2,000 grades 8 through 12 students with curriculum and interactive skill building forums.
Peacemakers Camp interactive advocacy, self-expression, and leadership skills sessions. DC will: a) host 2-3 camps with various partner organizations; b) reach a diverse array of students; c) adapt the curriculum as appropriate to fit specific community needs and requests as they arise.
2. Becoming involved in discussions and activities regarding improved access to and participation in educational programs that promote college readiness, vocational exploration, and skill development for individuals from underrepresented populations. DC will:
Actively engage with a minimum of 4 community efforts around skill building, nontraditional education, career transitioning, and/or vocational training.
Actively publicize educational issues, opportunities, and solutions a minimum of 5 times.
3. Working directly with 4 or more educational institutions to improve organizational culture and address issues of equity on campus utilizing EquityLogic™. Formal trainings and consultation will result in a) 70 percent of participants reporting an increase in knowledge; b) one organization reporting significant change in organizational culture/campus relations.
Health Equity Goal
Health equity is the attainment of the highest level of wellbeing for all individuals, regardless of personal or social determinants of health. Health equity requires social, economic, and environmental conditions that result in full access to opportunities that lead to healthy lives.
Health Equity Measures
The Diversity Council monitors critical Health equity issues in the region, moving to advocacy and action as prescribed by collaborative examination and inclusive design. Focus is on creating impact in three main areas: poverty/homelessness, sustainable employment, and community connectedness, which disproportionately impact marginalized populations.
1. By establishing or supporting “meta councils” in focus areas, DC will a) collect both quantitative and qualitative information regarding crucial health-related community issues, planning processes, and activities that impact wellness and access to equitable health; b) critically review and publicize related information in a broad and inclusive manner; c) convene around, advocate for, and support actions related to 3-4 publicly identified health equity topics.
2. Deploying programs and initiatives that directly impact focus areas.
Allies & Advocates creates a safe place for people experiencing difficulty or distress to talk about and react effectively to concerns and issues. The program is delivered by volunteers in response to requests that come into the Diversity Council by phone, email, or through social media. DC will a)deliver a minimum of 10 Allies & Advocates training sessions for community entities; implement Bystanders to Upstanders at a minimum of 4 college campuses, including deployment of campus specific materials for ongoing advocacy; host a minimum of 3 Advocacy Conversations with total attendance of 50.
enCounter Poverty Southeastern Minnesota (enCPSEMN) community-based response to poverty that includes collaborative visioning (exploring service gaps and redundancies, improving communications and access, maximizing funding potential), cooperative programming, and the development of educational tools that expose individuals to the challenges of poverty in ways that build empathy and lead to action. DC will a) inventory and convene a network of providers consisting of at least 75 organizations of varied size and scope; 2) establish and populate an interactive metadata site reflective of these organizations and their services; c) align with the goals of Olmsted County Public Health Community Health Needs Assessment; d) host a minimum of 2 meta council meetings to galvanize the poverty response sector.
The Human Library program is proven to increase understanding, empathy and equity at the community level by reducing bias and improving cultural understanding at the individual level. DC will a) launch the Human Library initiative using a collaborative model; b) implement 3 major public events; c) execute 2 workplace events with key organizations.
3. Staying abreast of trends in health equity at the national, state, and regional levels and supporting external educational programs and resources that help meet community goals. Identifying and publicizing a minimum of 3 critical health equity issues.
4. Hosting, attending, and/or convening cultural awareness events and programs to improve community connectivity and awareness of equity issues. DC will:
Participate in a minimum of 8 outreaches to community events or audiences, promoting DC and diversity resources and services available in the region.
Host a minimum of 3 Fun & Unique Social Encounters (FUSE) events in partnership with community partners.
Participate in developing and implementing a minimum of 3 culturally-significant community programs, events, or performances.
5. Deploying EquityLogic™ trainings and consultations to 3 or more entities in the health arena, with 70 percent of participants reporting an increase in knowledge and one organization reporting significant change in organizational relations.