Disability, Diversity, and Intersectionality in CILs: Creating Supportive Organizational Culture and Infrastructure

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About the Training

This second webinar in a series will continue sharing the findings of the Disability, Diversity, and Intersectionality (DDI) 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.

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.

A major finding of the study was how important it is to have the right infrastructure and organizational culture in place to support the DDI goal. This includes mission and vision statements, policies and procedures, the right board of directors and staff, and, of course, a strategic plan of how you’re going to get there. Two of the CILs who are highlighted in the case studies will present how they have approached their organizational infrastructure and culture and the progress they’ve made to date.

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 August 23, 2018 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Visit the Zoom Webinar room on August 23rd to join.

Target Audience

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

Learning Objectives

What You Will Learn:

  • The importance of organizational infrastructure as a necessary framework in achieving DDI.
  • Steps involved in developing and/or revising mission/vision statements, and policies/procedures that reflect commitment to cultural competence, disability, and intersectionality.
  • Steps to engage the Board in supporting diversity, disability, and intersectionality.
  • Strategies for recruiting, hiring, and supporting staff that are culturally and linguistically diverse.
  • Steps for achieving organizational culture change that reflect the shift to intersectionality.

Meet the Presenters

Daisy Feidt is the Executive Vice President of Access Living, Chicago’s Center for Independent Living. She has worked at Access Living for more than 15 years and has held a wide variety of management positions during that time. Daisy has led Access Living through multiple strategic planning processes and has gained extensive management experience in fundraising, evaluation, and program implementation. She is currently a vice president on the board of BPI, a public interest law and policy center, which strives to advance innovative solutions to issues of social justice and quality of life in the Chicago region. She is also vice president of the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living, the state association of CILs. Daisy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Lawrence University.

Reyma McCoy McDeid is the Executive Director of Central Iowa Center for Independent Living in Des Moines. She has carved out a unique career in employment services, disability advocacy, and education. Reyma works to engage voters with disabilities into the political process and educate elected officials on the issues that impact Iowa’s largest minority community. She holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration with a concentration in Business. Reyma’s vocation is supporting fellow individuals on the Autism spectrum to lead independent, fulfilling lives.

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 is also executive director of the Pennsylvania Council for Independent Living. 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 past president 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 a member of the advisory group to the Association of University Centers on Disabilities for development of the Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit (2015-16). He 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.