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Issue: 6 June, 2018
Here's what you'll find in this month's newsletter:
Editorial Advocating for
National Geographic on D&I
Developing A
Global Mindset
Success with GDIB Activity:
D&I Approaches, Insight & Impact
Update on the
DEI Futures Event
D&I Strategic Plans
Baker College System
Focuses on D&I As A System
Diversity Collegium:
"Come Think with Us Day"
ATD: Call for Sexual Harassment Training Prevention Articles
Message to All GDIB Users:
We Need Your HELP
Congratulations to GDIB
Expert Panelist, Joel Brown
EP Bev Kaye Receives ATD's Lifetime Achievement Award
2018 Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication
2019 Forum on Workplace Inclusion: Call for Proposals
Free Multicultural Calendar
Upcoming Conferences
Webinars & More
EDITORIAL
ADVOCATING FOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND ITS FOCUS ON D&I TOPICS
Editorial by GDIB Co-Author, Julie O'Mara,
The Centre for Global Inclusion, North Las Vegas NV, USA 
I have been a fan and reader of National Geographic since the 1970’s. I love the focus on visual storytelling. And in the last several years I have been especially excited about the focus on diversity and inclusion topics.
DEVELOPING A GLOBAL MINDSET
Article by GDIB Expert Panelist, Steve Hanamura,
Hanamura Consulting, Inc., Portland OR, USA 
When working with individuals and organizations who come from different cultural backgrounds it’s important for the individual practitioner to develop a mindset from which to do their work. It begins with how they think about themselves and how they incorporate that information to develop their strategy and approach. I have identified three strategies from which I work.
SUCCESS WITH GDIB ACTIVITY:
D&I APPROACHES, INSIGHT AND IMPACT
The 20-minute  D&I Approaches Insight and Impact Activity  is a short, but powerful activity based on the Five Approaches to D&I (see pages 5 to 7 in the GDIB). The activity is, oftentimes, experiential in that it causes many individuals to have an “aha” insight into why there is sometimes a disconnect between the struggle to advocate for D&I as a personal cause while also doing the work as required/needed by an organization.
UPDATE ON THE DEI FUTURES PROJECT
Sponsors of the 2018 DEI Futures Event
Several months ago The Centre and the FutureWork Institute embarked on a 10-month project to influence the future of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  About 140 people are engaged in this project. Eighty-four persons from around the world came together in April in Princeton, New Jersey, USA to work for almost 3 full days (after completing extensive pre-work). We are currently writing Proceedings for end of July publication. Then by November we plan to start producing a number of tools to position a global future with DEI values and actions as a significant factor. 

In the meantime: 

  • Sharing Learnings. Several of those present have asked if it is okay to share the learnings and outcomes of the event. The answer is a cautious, yes. But when you share, please be clear that this is a work in progress and any findings or decisions have not yet been agreed upon by the group.   
  • Sharing Photos. Many of those present said that you would like to post your photos and be able to download the photos of others. We haven’t yet figured out the best technical way to do this on our website; therefore please post on our Facebook page.  
  • Sharing Resources. Many of you want to share resources of books, articles, blogs, videos, and so forth and we encourage this. For the event we created a LinkedIn Group to discuss the prework and share ideas. We are opening this group to those receiving this newsletter. It will remain a private group and you will need our approval to join it. If you are receiving this newsletter, we will grant you approval. Please respect copyright laws and avoid commercial motives for posting resources. If the item has a copyright, do not post it – but instead provide a link or give the citation. We reserve the right to remove posts. You may request to be added to the LinkedIn Group here. We will strive to approve your request within 24 hours. 

Please note that we are embarking on a project to upgrade our site and within a few months (with -- hopefully -- the gift of sponsorship money and expertise) we will have a more robust site to accommodate your needs.  

Stay tuned for more on this exciting project. Go  here to read the article that was in last month's newsletter.
STORIES OF D&I BEST PRACTICES
ACTIONS TO HELP ACHIEVE THIS GLOBAL D & I BENCHMARK
D & I STRATEGIC PLANS – PLEASE SHARE 
We’re often asked for examples and/or strategic plans to accomplish the global diversity and inclusion benchmarks at their highest levels. Currently, there is a strategic plan that is in the public domain and available to be shared from UC Berkeley. One of our GDIB Expert Panelists, Sidalia Reel , is Director of Staff Diversity at UC Berkeley and continues to use the GDIB in her work. 
 
The entire GDIB all 14 categories – is a help to you in designing or refreshing your D&I Strategic Plan. 
 
If you are a GDIB user and have signed the permission agreement , we will send you a copy of the GDIB Assessment Checklist which has some guidelines for using the GDIB to gather data as input into your plan. To get the GDIB and download the permission agreement, you may go here
THE BAKER COLLEGE SYSTEM
FOCUSES ON D&I AS A SYSTEM
Article by Marie Bonkowski, Director of Student Affairs, 
Baker College of Jackson, Jackson Michigan, USA 
On March 23, 2018 Baker College, a private, non-profit, multi campus college in Michigan held its first Diversity and Inclusion Summit at its Jackson, Michigan campus. Members of campus Unity Councils (comprised of staff, faculty and students) and other interested faculty and students attended sessions on intersectionality, implicit bias and microaggressions. This event was significant, as—in past years—D&I events and activities across the Baker College system were isolated and not adequately publicized. With the formation of the Baker College System Diversity and Inclusion Council in 2016, D&I work has become more collaborative and visible throughout the institution.
FROM & ABOUT EXPERT PANELISTS
COME THINK WITH US DAY
Sponsored by The Diversity Collegium, Amazon, and Zillow, this all day (8:30am - 4:30pm) event will take place on Thursday, June 28 in Seattle. The topic of discussion – Mitigating the Assault on DEI: Bridging Conversations and Actions – is critically important. The Diversity Collegium is a long time sponsor of the GDIB, many of the GDIB Expert Panelists are Collegium members. They have orchestrated several similar events in the past which have all been well received and we expect no less from this one as well. 

The cost is $99 and space is limited. Find details and registration information below.
ATD: CALL FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT
PREVENTION TRAINING ARTICLES
With their vision to “create a world that works better,” ATD (the Association for Talent Development) is looking for help with writing their next piece on Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. However, rather than approaching it from a “take our advice” perspective, ATD would like to share information on organizations “that are tackling the subject in a way people can learn from.”
MESSAGE TO ALL GDIB USERS:
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Some people say “the best things in life are free.” Well, kind of, sort of. Yes, the GDIB is free and we are dedicated to keeping it that way. However, the person who said there is “no such thing as a free lunch” understood our reality.

The behind-the-scenes work required to maintain the website, respond to your requests for additional tools or just to respond to the many questions we receive for help requires resources (financial, time, people, etc.). So here is our request. If you have found the GDIB to be of value, please consider helping us.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EXPERT PANELIST JOEL BROWN: EARNS DOCTORATE, STUDYING PEACE EDUCATION AND DESIGN THINKING  
by Joel Brown, 
GDIB Expert Panelist
"Four years ago, I heard about a doctorate program that was designed for change agents to help change social consciousness. I didn’t care about the letters: I was intrigued and wanted to grow. After allowing my inner nerd to take over, I found myself in student orientation thinking: 'What did I just sign up for? How will I manage this?' It wasn’t easy..."
EXPERT PANELIST BEV KAYE
RECEIVES ATD’S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 
“I’ve always tried to provide practical help,” said Expert Panelist Bev Kaye about receiving the Association for Talent Development’s Lifetime Achievement Award – the association’s highest award. 
OTHER NEWS
THE SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

JULY 11-21, 2018
Teach Wisely. Train Effectively. Manage Thoughtfully
There are many excellent presentations and presenters  to select from– here are several who are also associated with the GDIB and The Centre:
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: PRESENT AT
THE FORUM ON WORKPLACE INCLUSION

APRIL 16-18, 2019 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN, USA
You can now sign up for email alerts and updates about submitting your proposal for the 2019 Forum on Workplace Inclusion. Once more information is released, the selection process will be rigorous, so be strategic on your submittal and allow time to do a great job in proposing your session(s). Be sure to read all the information and explore all your options. 

Let us at The Centre know if you are considering proposing and/or if you are interested in being part of a panel discussion. Say what you have to offer as we will likely put some panels together.
TOOLS
Free Multicultural Calendar
GDIB Expert Panelist, Barbara Deane offers a free monthly multicultural calendar via Diversity Central.

Spanish & French Translations
Thanks to several sponsors and volunteers, we will unveil the Spanish & French editions of the GDIB in 2018!
FEATURED EXPERT PANELISTS
Lorelei Carobolante
Adam Travis
Jeremy Solomons
Patricia Mushim Ikeda
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.


Next Concept
Talent Acquisition Conference

June 7, 2018
San Francisco, CA, USA


The Conference Board

June 07 - 08, 2018
New York, NY


Summer Institute for
Intercultural Communication

July 11 - 27, 2018
Portland, Oregon, USA


Cultural Detective
Facilitator Certification

July 26 to 27, 2018
Portland, OR, USA


2018 National Industry
Liaison Group Conference

July 31 to August 3, 2018
Anaheim, CA, USA


The Forum on
Workplace Inclusion

April 16 to 18, 2019
Minneapolis, MN, USA
PUBLIC COURSES/WEBINARS
OFFERED BY GDIB EXPERT PANELISTS

Listed here are programs offered by Expert Panelists. 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 and offer programs open to the public, please let us know and we will list here.
Webinar Resources
courses including
 by Inclusion Allies
Any Town,
USA
Training & Education
courses including
by Winters Group
Any Town,
USA
Webinar Series
courses including
 by The Forum
Any Town,
USA
Unconscious Bias
courses including
 by Cook Ross
Silver Spring,
Maryland • USA
OFFERING SUPPORT
If you want to use the GDIB in conference presentations, blogs, articles, chapters and so forth, we will support you if we can, 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
DEI Futures Recap
Video
Flexibility Good for Employees, Employers & the Environment
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About the GDIB: The GDIB— Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World —helps organizations of all sizes, in a variety of sectors and industries, using a variety of approaches to D&I work to achieve high-quality D&I outcomes. First published in 2006, the 2016 edition is authored by Julie O’Mara, Alan Richter, Ph.D., and 95 Expert Panelists. It is presented by The Centre for Global Inclusion. The GDIB is free and may be downloaded at The Centre site .
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