Disability, Diversity, and Intersectionality: An American Journey for CILs

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About the Training

This first webinar in a series will begin sharing the findings of the Disability, Diversity, and Intersectionality in CILs study conducted by Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU). The study named nine centers for independent living, chosen from several dozen nominated by their peers, as making progress in how they are designing, implementing, and evaluating culturally and linguistically competent policies and practices to improve services, programs, and outreach. Join on July 10, 2018 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern for this timely discussion.

Leaders at each of the nine CILs are quick to say that they do not consider themselves experts. They recognize that we’re all learning together—but they are eager to share what they have learned with other centers and to continue learning in return.

Communities are made up of a mixture of people with varying characteristics including race, color, ethnicity, disabilities, and many other factors. These characteristics should be reflected in the make-up of CIL boards, staffs, and consumers. Accomplishing broad and meaningful inclusion in CILs is a journey. It’s a similar journey to the one that many individuals and organizations in our nation are taking to examine ourselves, our values, and our level of commitment to accomplishing inclusivity. Are we crafting mission statements that make it clear what our universe of service and social change is? Are we establishing policies and procedures that define what we require to be a part of our staffs and boards and who we serve and advocate for? Do our brochures and materials make it clear to all groups of people in our communities that they would be welcome and safe to be involved with our organizations? When people visit our organizations do they meet people who look like themselves?

Join us for this timely exploration of the American (and CIL) journey through a cultural revolution. To learn more about the Disability, Diversity, and Intersectionality in CILs project, check out ILRU’s website at www.CIL-diversity.org

To Participate

There is no charge to attend. Join this important and timely webinar on July 10, 2018 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Visit the Zoom Webinar room on July 10 to join. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Target Audience

CIL board members, executive directors, program managers, and IL services and advocacy staff.

Learning Objectives

What You Will Learn:

  • The purpose and framework of the Disability, Diversity, and Intersectionality (DDI) research project and its importance to centers for independent living.
  • Overarching findings of the DDI research study that spotlight how nine centers for independent living are improving services, programs and outreach for racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse groups.
  • The intersectionality of disability and diversity as the disability rights movement began and has grown.
  • Elements of dynamic, vibrant organizational cultures that promote conversations around affinities, connectedness, unconscious bias, and positive change.

Meet Your Presenters

Susan Dooha, J.D. is the executive director of the Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY). CIDNY’s goal is to ensure full integration, independence, and equal opportunity for all people with disabilities by removing barriers to the social, economic, cultural, and civic life of the community. In 2017, under Susan’s leadership, CIDNY helped nearly 40,000 people take control of their own lives by offering information, education, and advice to individuals struggling with poverty, housing, barriers to health care coverage and access, nutrition, education, and work. In 2017, CIDNY became the lead plaintiff in litigation seeking an accessible subway system. She is the recipient of many honors and identifies as a person with a disability. Susan obtained her law degree at Yeshiva University, Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law in 1990.

Jesse Bethke Gomez is the executive director for Metropolitan Center for Independent  Living, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jesse’s CEO experience is in leading organizations in human services, University foundation, healthcare, health policy, employment, and education, and senior executive leadership in business consulting, non-profit and University executive leadership. As an award winning chief executive officer, Jesse is a national speaker, a National Kellogg Fellow from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, a published author and contributing author to www.Forbes.com and www.Missionbox.com. Jesse served as president of Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES), an internationally recognized non-profit agency that was recognized during his tenure as among the Top 25 Hispanic Agencies in America by a leading national business magazine. He is among 100 leaders requested by The White House to participate in the Hispanic Summit in 2011. Jesse holds a Master of Management & Administration degree specializing in Strategic Leadership, Metropolitan State University, and is Alumnus of the Year, 2008. He has a deep commitment to civil rights and to advancing the ability of people to care for one another.

Stan Holbrook is owner of S. A. Holbrook and Associates, a management consulting firm offering organizational development, diversity and inclusion training, strategic planning, and capacity building training. He was instrumental in developing the Diversity Initiative of the National Council on Independent Living. He served as the chair of the NCIL Diversity Committee and member at large of the NCIL Board for 14 years. He was the vice-chair of the governor-appointed Statewide Independent Living Council and the president and executive director of the Pennsylvania Council for Independent Living. Stan has presented at several national conferences on Health Disparities of People with Disabilities and the Influence of Race and Color. He has also served as a presenter on Health Equity and People with Disabilities at several statewide conferences. Stan was part of a task force that worked on the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Assessment for Disability Organizations (CLCADO): Assessment and Guide in conjunction with the National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University. He served as a delegate to the White House Commission on Aging in 2005. Stan holds a Master of Public Management degree from Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University.