This workshop will discuss how diversity is at the center of most of our clients’ daily experience and inclusion, for some, is a source of great hope. It is imperative for victim service providers to truly respect the diversity of all people with whom we connect, and to actively incorporate a policy of inclusion into our plans, activities, and organization.
Dr. Gary Lyon and Kim Hopkins from Centerboard, Inc. will begin to help participants to build awareness of unconscious beliefs, assumptions, and behaviors in their interactions with survivor colleagues and in their work with victims. Participants will be assisted to set the stage for conscious and lasting change without shame or blame and build the internal capacity to continue inclusion work in their organizations. It will look at addressing disparities so that staff feel valued and respected, as well as ensuring that organizational practices truly support survivors accessing their own resilience and strength.
This workshop will provide insight to embracing a pluralistic view within the workplace and service provision by helping attendees to think through ways in which they can truly acknowledge, accept, understand, and utilize differences. It will examine how current organization systems may have been unknowingly built to exclude people. Introducing participants to:
• Cross-cultural dialogue guidelines, such as “try on” and “intent vs impact”
• Historically included and historically excluded social identities
• The Multicultural Process of Change
• Feelings as Messengers
If you have any questions or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact MOVA at MOVA@mass.gov.