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Welcome to Inclusion Catalyst, with your hosts Mickey Desai and Susan Cooper. We bring diversity leaders to the table to hear about current issues in diversity and inclusion, deconstructing complex social justice issues to showcase the best practices in our workplaces and our communities.

Inclusion Catalyst Mickey Desai & Susan Cooper

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Welcome to Inclusion Catalyst, with your hosts Mickey Desai and Susan Cooper. We bring diversity leaders to the table to hear about current issues in diversity and inclusion, deconstructing complex social justice issues to showcase the best practices in our workplaces and our communities.

    Inclusive Conversations with Mary-Frances Winters

    Inclusive Conversations with Mary-Frances Winters

    Our guest is Mary-Frances Winters, talking about her latest work, Inclusive Conversations: Fostering Equity, Empathy, and Belonging across Differences. Inclusive Conversations relates conversational conditions to the current climate and illustrates how to navigate Inclusive Conversations in uncomfortable or new situations. Mary-Frances contends that in many cases, it is not that most people do not want to engage in inclusive conversations; they may simply not know how. Among the questions we tackle:



    How do you foster a conversation with people who do not want to converse?
    What is Reciprocal Empathy?
    What are the conditions for having Inclusive Conversations?
    How do you call people IN, instead of calling people out?
    How do you put the humanity back into leadership?
    What are the business benefits of genuine conversations?


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    You Don't Get To Call Yourself An Ally, speaking with Julie Kratz of Next Pivot Point

    You Don't Get To Call Yourself An Ally, speaking with Julie Kratz of Next Pivot Point

    Inclusion Catalyst is joined by Julie Kratz, acclaimed trainer, author, and founder of Next Pivot Point. Julie is passionate about promoting gender equality within the workplace, empowering women to express confidence and helping them build a winning career game plan and pivot to the next level. Our conversation looks at a variety of issues related to leadership, culture change, and how to develop allies within the workplace. Our questions include:



    As a result of pandemic, are people focusing more on the things that matter?
    Is a virtual workplace more inclusive?
    Is leadership simply about fostering curiosity? And what characteristics would then be critical to include in that leadership model?
    Where should D&I efforts really be focused? (Spoiler: It’s the middle managers.)
    How do you manage bias in the workplace?
    Is the ultimate goal to develop more allies?
    How many ways can one be an ally?
    What’s the business case for developing allies?


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    Scott Ayotte and Inclusive Talent Acquisition Through Behavior Change

    Scott Ayotte and Inclusive Talent Acquisition Through Behavior Change

    Scott Ayotte, the Director of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Equity at Grand Valley State University joins us to share his expertise on the transtheoretical model of behavior change as it relates to talent acquisition. We discuss:
    - Organizational structures and how behavior change models are used
    - The phases of the transtheoretical model of behavior change
    - Creating cultural and structural environments that are welcoming for diverse communities
    - The steps to creating an equitable workplace
    - Strategy vs. tactics for talent acquisition
    - Scott’s whitepaper, “Inclusive Cultures and Talent Acquisition”
    - Contact Scott at Ayottesc@gmail.com or https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottayotte


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    Fair Count: Census Updates, Pivoting Outreach for the Pandemic

    Fair Count: Census Updates, Pivoting Outreach for the Pandemic

    Ed Reed from joins us again with Lauren Zehyoue, Communications Director for Fair Count.



    3 ways to complete the Census: online, by mail, over the phone
    Reaching people digitally since the Census is still an important part of democracy that will continue beyond the pandemic
    Pivoting to virtual events and webinars instead of in-person outreach
    Census is scheduled to be offline on July 31st (if there is no extension planned due to the pandemic). The data for the Census is collected as of April 1st and the Census teams will follow up to make sure every person is counted until July 31st.
    Changes in how college students are counted due to universities closing campuses
    Hardest to count communities are also communities that are also often hardest hit by health concerns.
    Infrastructure and Chromebooks put in place in communities before COVID-19 are being used for job applications, after school programs, state and federal benefits.
    Breaking the digital divide in communities that need these devices.
    COVID-19 changing the way Fair Count communicates with the public
    The Census is still safe and can be completed from home.
    The census represents more than $1.9 trillion worth of resources for our communities on an annual basis.
    To complete your Census by phone, dial 1-844-330-2020 in English. The number to complete it in Spanish is 1-844-468-2020.
    Fill out your census online at www.my2020census.gov or find out more info at www.2020census.gov


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    Ed Reed from Fair Count on the importance of the US Census

    Ed Reed from Fair Count on the importance of the US Census

    Ed Reed from Fair Count joins us to discuss their outreach and community infrastructure programs to increase awareness and participation in the 2020 Census.


    Fair Count is a non-profit with a mission to engage hard to count communities in the US Census through outreach and education. They are also doing the groundwork the strengthen communities through civil engagement and providing infrastructure in communities that will be available for use long after the Census is complete.



    Programs: Field, Community, Faith, Technology, Black Men Count
    Importance of census: Over $1 Trillion dollars of Federal funding to states, cities and towns that are used to allocate funds for Education, Healthcare, Infrastructure
    Difficulty collecting accurate data: myths about participation in the census and providing info to the government, Citizenship concerns. Collecting data on homeless and transient population.
    Everyone breathing on April 1st should be counted on the census, no matter where you are living or staying.
    Confusion over apartment dwellers, group quarters such as assisted living facilities, university students: on-campus vs. off-campus housing
    Fair and accurate counts means for funding for political representation for these communities that are sometimes left out of the process.
    Get involved: Paid opportunities - https://www.faircount.org/careers/
    Get involved: Volunteer opportunities - https://www.faircount.org/commit-to-be-counted/
    Participate in the 2020 Census today: https://www.census.gov/


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    Catherine Perry, Fostering Brave Conversations on Race

    Catherine Perry, Fostering Brave Conversations on Race

    Catherine Perry from Inward Bound Center for Nonprofit Leadership joins us to talk about how to have conversations on race and healing the racial divide in America.



    Her workshop, “Racism in America: What is mine to do?”
    How to break down barriers and start conversations in faith communities, at work and with neighbors and friends
    Being brave and using humor to engage and make an impact in your community
    Setting the tone for risky conversations with and edge
    Race relations in faith-based communities
    Reconciliation vs. Forgiveness
    Recommended reading: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
    For more info about Catherine’s workshop or to contact Inward Bound, email Info@nwardboundcenter.org
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