Local Government 101 EI Course 2 Session 2
Recorded On: 07/13/2018
This three-part course will help you understand bias, how it affects society today, and how equity and inclusion issues touch all aspects of local government management. You will discuss the role of implicit bias and how it plays out at the individual and institutional levels. You will learn how to make the business case for equity and inclusion programs, as well as the hard and soft skills you’ll need to ensure that your organization is doing everything it can to be fair and inclusive for its staff and the community it serves.
Topics covered include:
- Understanding key terminology
- The history of inequities in the United States
- The intersections between different types of bias
- Normalizing conversations about race Structural bias close to home
- Organizing to advance racial equity
- Operationalizing racial equity
- Communicating about race
- The recent findings of ICMA research project “Recruiting and Retaining Underrepresented Groups”
- The hiring process and how to minimize the impact of bias on it
- Managing a heterogenous team
Julie Nelson is the director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, senior vice president at the new Race Forward, and a senior fellow with the Haas Institute for and Fair and Inclusive Society (HIFIS) at the University of California, Berkeley. Nelson is the former director of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights where she served eight years, providing both vision and hands-on work to Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative. She also served in other government positions including the City of Seattle Human Services Department, Administrative Services and Public Utilities, Housing and Urban Development, and Pima County Community Services in Tucson, Arizona.
She has a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Washington and has served on the boards of multiple nonprofits. She is actively involved with community groups working for racial and social justice. Nelson is driven by her passion to realize equity and social justice.
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