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Issue: 13 November, 2018
Here's what you'll find in this month's newsletter:
Editorial: Seeking Breakthrough
Practices for Inclusion
Pittsburgh Best USA City for Jobs, GDIB User Vibrant Pittsburgh Helped
HR Metrics Presents GDIB
Virtual Learning Series
A Different Take on
the Cause of Inequality
Future Fluent
Global Summit
DEI Futures
Project Underway
Update on The Forum
on Workplace Inclusion
GDIB Q&A
Updated FREE Multicultural Calendar, Tolls and Mores
EDITORIAL
Photo credit: KATIE LONCKE
Editorial by: GDIB Expert Panelist, Mushim Patricia Ikeda
Note to readers: Mushim (front row, center) is a GDIB Expert Panelist. Although this editorial focuses on the US recent election, the same sentiment can be said for many other countries in our world.
SEEKING BREAKTHROUGH
PRACTICES FOR INCLUSION

I’m a college-educated, Japanese American woman, registered pro-choice Democrat, originally from Ohio and a longtime resident of Oakland, California. I’m also Buddhist. And, I am much larger and more nuanced than how I’ve just self-identified.

Regarding these midterm elections, I’m simultaneously joyful that “we” (including so many totally kickass women) have taken the House in Congress, I’m grateful for “the Blue Wave,” and I’m aware of what I regard as a bottom line in the spiritual dynamics of victory and defeat. I see a bigger picture: in the U.S. we have for a long time needed a new form of nonviolent social consciousness to arise that seeks to equitably redistribute power and wealth through breakthrough practices of inclusivity of difference rather than attempts to unify through negation of difference.  
STORIES OF D & I BEST PRACTICES
ACTIONS TO HELP ACHIEVE THESE GLOBAL D&I BENCHMARKS
PITTSBURGH NAMED BEST USA CITY FOR JOBS,
GDIB USER VIBRANT PITTSBURGH HELPED
PLEASE NOTE: This article was planned before the shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, located in a diverse section of the city. It is clear now that it was another crime based on religious hatred. A sad state of today’s society. The diverse community in Pittsburgh has come together to support each other in this trying time giving us another reason to be proud of the positive impact of diversity at its best.
While it can be difficult to assign credit for results like this to any one individual or organization, Vibrant Pittsburgh, with GDIB Expert Panelist and long-term GDIB User, Melanie Harrington at its helm, is helping to make Pittsburgh “the best place for jobs.” Melanie is also a member of The Centre's Board of Directors. According to a Glassdoor study published in USA Today, Pittsburgh tops the list of 25 cities as the best place to work “based on the number of hiring opportunities relative to population, the area’s affordability and job satisfaction.” 
FROM & ABOUT EXPERT PANELISTS & ALLIANCES
ARE YOU USING VIRTUAL
CLASSROOMS IN DEI TRAINING?
The Association for Talent Development (ATD) just announced its BEST AWARD winners for 2018 in its October AT Journal. These are general, not DEI Awards, but for those organizations that include training activities in your D&I programs, there is much to be learned from what the award winners do. More than 90 percent of the winning group (45 organizations from 10 countries) use virtual classrooms to deliver learning. “Virtual classrooms enable learners to participate remotely in live instructor-led training though video conferencing, Internet meeting rooms, or other tools.” Julie O’Mara, The Centre for Global Inclusion President and Board Chair, is on the BEST Advisory Committee.
GDIB VIRTUAL CERTIFICATE
PROGRAM PRESENTED BY HR METRICS
THURSDAYS, 15 NOVEMBER - 14 FEBRUARY
5PM-6:30PM, ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN, GMT +5.00
***A few free seats are open for additional participants (thank you to HR Metrics). You may also want to consider replicating this type of program in your organization or region.***
Next week, Diversity Hub Pakistan will embark on a 14-week long GDIB learning series for a second consecutive year. Each week will be dedicated to one of the GDIB’s 14 Categories and facilitated by a different D&I Expert (more than half of the presenters are GDIB Expert Panelists). Programs will be held every Thursday from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (UTC +5.00) starting from 15 November 2018 and running until 14 February 2019. The program is meant for members of the Diversity Hub Network; however, a few seats are reserved for global participants on a ‘first-come, first-serve’ basis. To register for the session, contact Sydea Rida,  rida@thehrmetrics.com.
OTHER NEWS
Nancy DiTomaso Recognized
by Rutgers University
A DIFFERENT TAKE ON
THE CAUSE OF INEQUALITY
Nancy DiTomaso is a DEI Futures Project participant who has spent her career at the intersection of business and inequality, examining the ways in which race, gender, and culture create or deny job and career opportunities. She is a Professor in the Department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School as well as author of The American Non-Dilemma: Racial Inequality Without Racism (Russell Sage Foundation). Her contributions to the DEI Futures Project have been greatly felt and appreciated and we, at The Centre, celebrate and congratulate her on this recognition.
FUTURE FLUENT GLOBAL SUMMIT
NEW DEHLI, INDIA-5 APRIL 2019

The Founders of Future Fluent Global Summit have been working on D&I in India for the past decade, providing end-to-end solutions covering organizational strategy, benchmarking assessments, gender, generational, cultural, LGBT, unconscious biases and disability in the field of D&I. Now, they are ready to present and invite you to join them next year at their first Global Summit as they discuss topics such as Managing Biases in the Times of AI, and Dismantling the Dominant Narrative with some of the world's leading minds in D&I, including some affiliates of The Centre:
Howard Ross
Dr. Alan Richter
Lynda White
Duncun Smith
Bjørn Z. Ekelund
Margaret Regan
Dr. Niru Kumar
DEI FUTURES PROJECT UNDERWAY

Since its origin in Fall, 2017 the DEI Futures Project has engaged 150 + DEI practitioners, learners and leaders from across the globe in active and ongoing exploration of what it takes to place DEI at the center of making a future where all can live, work, and thrive. What began as a casual conversation between two DEI peers has now emerged into a dedicated effort to define and articulate active recommendations that can and will all those interested in DEI across positions, sectors, industries and time zones into the future. 
Once again, many thank you’s to our generous sponsors.
UPDATE ON THE STATUS OF THE FORUM ON WORKPLACE INCLUSION CONFERENCE

As our regular readers will recall, in the 19 September issue  of this newsletter we wrote that,   

“The Centre Board of Directors is considering how to respond to a situation we recently learned about that the University of St.Thomas (UST), owner of the Forum on Workplace Inclusion, has decided that representatives of Planned Parenthood are no longer welcome to present at Forum events or serve on Forum committees. In the past, representatives of Planned Parenthood have both presented at the annual Forum conference and served on committees.”  

In the 10 October newsletter  we announced that The Centre’s Global Inclusion Values Statement is now published on our website. In this issue we announce that the UST and The Forum’s Advisory Committee are planning to make a joint statement about next steps; but we do not have it yet. We know that many readers are waiting to learn the status. We will publish a special edition of this newsletter with The Centre’s viewpoint included as soon as we have information.
GDIB Q&A

What are some effective ways to use the GDIB? 

• To establish development standards and agree on the desired state of D&I in your organization. Use the GDIB to set organizational standards for D&I. This is part of setting mission, vision, strategy, and goals. Likewise, use the Benchmarks to continue to develop existing standards as you strive toward excellence.
 
• To assess the current state of D&I in your organization. To determine the current state, gather factual information, and request opinions from individuals inside and outside your organization if it has the ability to use external resources.
 
• To engage management and staff. One way to engage management and staff in this process is for groups to discuss selected categories and strive to reach consensus on the level at which their departments or organizations currently rate. If no consensus can be reached, determine the narrowest agreed-upon range. Repeating this process with different organizational teams provides some objective measure, and when tracked over time, can show the organization’s progress. 

• To determine short-term and long-term goals. Once you know which benchmarks you want to attain, you can apply the levels as phases to create short- and long-term goals. There will be some goals set specifically for the D&I function, but many of the D&I goals will be established by a variety of organizational functions and locations depending on size and other factors. Integrate your D&I goals into any goal-setting process that your organization has in place. 

• To measure progress. When you are in the process of setting goals, you will need to determine how to measure theachievement of those goals. Again, we suggest you apply whatever process your organization uses to measure achievement of other organizational goals. For example, if your organization uses an employee opinion survey or a client satisfaction survey, you may want to use the GDIB to craft wording for some of the survey items. 

• To assist in hiring D&I staff and consultants, and on a more limited basis, all employees. Use aspects of the GDIB to craft questions for the interviewing process. Write questions from each of the 14 categories to assess the breadth and depth of your candidate’s experience. Based on the categories, ask them to describe their experience and then determine if it aligns with the work you expect them to do. You can use GDIB on a more selective basis for interviewing all employees for the knowledge, skills, and abilities that would foster a diverse and inclusive workplace.
 
• As a “gift” to organizations in your community. GDIB is free to all and applicable to all kinds of organizations. Some organizations volunteer to help nonprofits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and government or other organizations in their community or sector. Sharing the GDIB with them is one way to do that. 
TOOLS
Free Multicultural Calendar
GDIB Expert Panelist, Barbara Deane offers a free monthly multicultural calendar via Diversity Central.

DEI Futures Project,
Future Trend Cards
A collection of future trends is being curated and posted biweekly by GDIB Expert Panelist Margaret Regan.
FEATURED EXPERT PANELISTS
Our GDIB Expert Panelists are the thinkers and contributors behind the GDIB. They have contributed to the development of our latest editions, guide us in preparing for the next update, and serve as strategic partners. This month we feature these four:
Ursula Wynhoven
Adam Travis
Tom Vergahese
Kathy Phillips
UPCOMING CONFERENCES
WHERE THE GDIB IS INCLUDED
Please send us information if you are presenting on the GDIB (or including it in a presentation – even a short mention) at a conference or workshop that is open to the public. See the User Tools section of the website for slides and handouts you can use. Please let us know if you are attending any of the conferences so we can make connections. And please spread the word about these sessions to your networks.
Winter Institute for
Intercultural Communication

March 12-15, 2019
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

White Privilege Conference

March 20 to 23, 2019
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA


E3 Equity in Action Summit

April 4 to 5, 2019
San Rafael, California, USA

DEI 2025-
The Future Fluent Global Summit

April 5, 2019
New Delhi, INDIA

PUBLIC COURSES/WEBINARS OFFERED
BY EXPERT PANELISTS & ALLIANCES
Listed here are programs offered by GDIB Expert Panelists and Alliances. Many are offered numerous times on an ongoing basis. While these courses may not be specifically about the GDIB, the content will be helpful in achieving many of the GDIB benchmarks. If you are an Expert Panelist or Alliance and offer programs open to the public, please let us know and we will list here.
Training & Education
courses including
by The Winters Group
Unconscious Bias
courses including
 by Cook Ross
OFFERING SUPPORT
If you want to use the GDIB in conference presentations, blogs, articles, chapters and so forth, we will support by providing slides, handouts, and ideas. Go to our site and explore. We’ve put a lot of effort into providing these resources. Please help by adding to what we offer.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Freedom Schools:
A Fresh Approach to D&I
Returning to the Workforce
After a Career Break
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