The Elephant in the Room: Diversity in Community Development

We are excited to announce a brand new CCDI session: Engaging Communities: Building Genuine Relationships Across Difference. This session will address diversity in community development and engaging community leadership. ‘Engaging Communities’ is designed to allow participants to discuss “the elephant in the room” of cultural identity and diversity (or lack thereof) in the community development field. Please take a look at the agenda (PDF) to see the scope of the training. This new single-day training is taking the place of the previous session ‘Succession Planning and Indigenous Leadership’.

Here are some of the things you can look forward to in ‘Engaging Communities’:

  • Strategies for engaging diverse community members and groups in pursuit of mutual goals.
  • Strategies for nonprofit organizations to relate more authentically and meaningfully with indigenous community partners.
  • Community dialogue as a vehicle for community empowerment, change, and collaboration.
  • Barriers to authentic relationships across cultural difference, and conceptual frameworks that can help us understand and overcome them.
  • Ideas for empowering oneself and others to become lifelong learners about difference, the consequences of inequities in power and privilege, and the value of maintaining authentic relationships across difference.

‘Engaging Communities’ is being moderated and organized by Renee Canady and Doak Bloss. Their expertize includes organizing a training series on health equity and social justice through the Ingham County Health Department. They have also created an innovative training series about youth and health equity.

The training will be on May 2nd at the Christman Building in Downtown Lansing. The fee for the training is $35 for CEDAM members ($70 for nonmembers). Breakfast and lunch are provided at the training.

The Christman Building
208 N. Capitol Avenue
Downtown Lansing, MI 48933

Click here to register online now.