Disability, Diversity, and Intersectionality in CILs (11 Hours)

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Atlanta, GA
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About the Training

CILs are always striving to reach unserved and underserved populations and to better represent the vibrant, racial, ethnic, linguistic, and multi-cultural communities that we serve.  If you would like effective, practical information on how to accomplish this at your CIL, then this training is designed for you.

As Centers for Independent Living, we all believe in “Nothing About Us, Without Us!”  We should abide by the same rules when it comes to including, serving, and being led by all of the diverse people with disabilities in our communities.  We must engage in thoughtful conversations, strategic partnerships, proactive outreach, and organizational shifts to ensure that our organizations are reaching, serving, and welcoming to people with disabilities of all backgrounds in our communities.  This is not only relevant to our consumers, but to ensure that our staff, decision-making staff, board members, volunteers, and community leaders represent those same backgrounds and life experiences.  

In this on-demand training, you will learn from the Executive Directors of seven CILs and other IL leaders how they’ve created organizations that welcome and represent the broad communities that they serve. 

Target Audience

Center for Independent Living staff, especially administrators, program managers, and advocates; it may also be of benefit to CIL board members, and staff and members of Statewide Independent Living Councils.

Learning Objectives

You will learn:

  • The definition of intersectionality, and relationship to people with disabilities, IL/Disability Rights Movements, and CILs.
  • How the concept of intersectionality addresses all identities of individuals with disabilities—including diverse disabilities, race, ethnicity, language, cultural norms, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, and socioeconomic status.
  • What CILs can do to convey a welcoming atmosphere to all people, across a diverse range of identities and groups.
  • Ways to engage and connect to diverse consumers in rural/remote areas.
  • The importance of organizational policies, procedures, and practices to create a necessary framework in achieving DDI.
  • Strategies for recruiting, hiring, and supporting diverse staff that represent your community.
  • Steps to recruit diverse board members and engage them in supporting DDI. 
  • The definition of micro-aggressions and aversive “isms,” and how to handle microagressive behavior. 
  • How to identify potential partners and collaborators who represent racial, ethnic, cultural, civil rights, and social justice communities. 
  • Strategies for effective coalition-building that enhance capacity of all partners.

Video/Training Materials/Resources

Below are the links to the recorded sessions, the PowerPoint presentations, text transcripts of the presentations, and a link to additional resources on disability, diversity and underserved populations. To view individual presentations, follow the links below.  To view a catalog of presentations, visit:


Module 01: Introduction to Intersectionality

Module 02: Intersectionality Discussion and Q&A

Module 03: DDI Project Overview & Background

Module 04: An American Journey for CILs, Overview 

Module 05: An American Journey for CILs, CIL Stories — The experience of four CILs in taking this journey 

Module 06: Wrap-up of the Day

Module 07: Review of Day One

Module 08: Why Words Matter/Addressing Micro-aggressions to Create a Welcoming Environment

Module 09: Creating a Welcoming and Supportive CIL for Diverse Populations

Module 10: Creating a Welcoming and Supportive CIL for Diverse Populations — Small Group Activity

Module 11: Creating Supportive Organizational Culture and Infrastructure

Module 12: Creating Supportive Organizational Culture and Infrastructure, Continued

Module 13: Data Mining and Community Mapping to Address Diversity

Module 14: Review of Day Two

Module 15: Making New Friends and Playing Well with Others

Module 16: Summary of Previous Evening's Discussion on Outreach to New Americans

Other Training and Publications on Inclusion, Diversity & Underserved Populations