Thinking about YNPN Diversity
I just left a morning session on diversity. I am not even sure why I signed up for the session. I can get blue in the face talking about "diversity" almost to the point that I wonder, "Why are we still talking about this?" However, today's session led by Naomi Leaphart from Philadelphia's Nonprofit Leaders (not quite YNPN, but close enough!) gave me a lot to think about.
Here are some thought-provoking questions from the session and other nuggets of information and insight from this session: (Please share your thoughts and leave a comment or two.)
- What is your definition of diversity?
- What scares you most about conversations on diversity?
- Who is allowed to have conversations about diversity?
- When is the conversation over?
- “It needs to be okay to say something different.” – NL
- “Diversity is not simply a static state of being.”
- “Diversity isn’t just about representation.”
- Do we frame YNPN in a way that allows people to identify with what we do? How are we framing our message?
- “There is a difference between conversations about diversity and diverse conversations.” - session participant
- How can we get to a point where everyone is culturally competent?
- What needs to be homogenous?
- What structural assumptions do YNPN Chapters make about programming?
- If you did an assessment of your YNPN Chapter, what is the culture – the unspoken rules of engagement?
- What language can you develop to discuss diversity within your Chapter?