For the third year in a row, TechSoup is excited to observe Global Diversity Awareness Month. The celebration of cultural diversity is meant to build cultural competency and promote self-reflection. At TechSoup, the annual observance unites colleagues from around the globe with events and activities including speakers, performances, storytelling, and even recipe sharing.
Celebrating Global Diversity Awareness Month can take many forms, including expert-led events, DEI strategy building, strengthening organizational cultural competence, diversifying our organization’s greater network, and developing closer connections with the local community. In this post, we’ll share some ways we’re working to foster an inclusive environment at TechSoup. All of these activities or initiatives can be done remotely and year-round to help cultivate lasting cultural competence at your nonprofit. We hope you find them helpful!
Promote Cultural Competence Within Your Organization
Change starts from within, so consider how your organization can benefit from education around cultural competence. Cultural competence is the unyielding commitment to the evaluation of power, cultural awareness, and cultural appreciation within your organization and yourself for a better and more equitable sector and workplace. Remember that building cultural competence includes LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and varying religions, nationalities, age groups and ethnicities. These are some ideas to promote cultural competence:
Diversify Your Network with New Partnerships
Global Diversity Awareness Month is a perfect time to evaluate your network. Consider leadership, sector focus, funders, and program initiatives. If everyone and everything looks like you and your organization, then it’s time to branch out.
Engage with Your Community and Center Its Voices
How can your nonprofit’s impact be expanded to include and diversify the voices of those served? Global Diversity Awareness Month is a good time to start building relationships through community-centered outreach. While similar to diversifying partnerships, these connections with the local community or target audience can kick-start new partnerships for new and long-term programmatic initiatives!
Don’t limit observances to Global Diversity Awareness Month. There are opportunities to practice each of these suggestions year-round! Determine which observances make sense for your organization and build on that. Also, maintain the relationships built during the planning and implementation of Global Diversity Awareness Month events. Did you bring in new guest speakers or connect with local nonprofit leaders this month? Keep in contact, get their feedback, and consider how your relationship can further impact the communities you serve.
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