INITIATIVES

The We All Belong trainings have been extremely valuable for our staff and Board of Directors. Participating has certainly raised our awareness as an organization about the critical need to become more culturally competent in order to better serve our community. It requires leadership and systems being put in place so the change isn’t dependent on one or two people within the organization but becomes embedded in the organization’s standard operations.
— Martha Maksym, Executive Director, United Way of Chittenden County

CQ Strategies, LLC has provided training and consulting services to more than 60 organizations and over 1500 people between 2010 and 2017.  

Much of our work has been initiated through the "We All Belong" AmeriCorps training program with the City of Burlington Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO).

CEDO approached us to develop and pilot a program to support organizations engaged in change efforts to create more welcoming and equitable organizations. In the first two years, we provided 50 hours of professional development to 70 leaders representing 11 organizations, schools and city departments. Since that time 26 organizations have participated in the program, broadening the reach of We All Belong across Chittenden County and Vermont. A list of participating organizations is provided below.

In 2014, CQ Strategies was approached by the National Park Service to deliver a modified version of the We All Belong program in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.  Four organizations jointly hosted the CQ series of We All Belong / Foundations of Cultural Competency trainings:

  • National Park Service
  • Student Conservation Association
  • National Forest Service
  • Farm & Wilderness Foundation 

CQ Strategies has also worked individually with a variety of organizations and agencies, either providing introductory sessions or in-depth and ongoing work. These groups include:

  • ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
  • Howard Center
  • Leadership Champlain / Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Partnership for Change
  • SerVermont
  • Champlain Valley Agency on Aging
  • Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Social Security Administration

Organizations who have participated in We All Belong include:

  • Bike Recycle Vermont
  • Burlington Airport
  • Burlington City Arts
  • Burlington Community and Economic Development Office
  • Burlington Human Resources Department
  • Burlington Mayor's Office
  • Burlington Parks and Recreation Department
  • Burlington School District
  • Centre for Media and Democracy / CCTV
  • Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
  • Dress for Success
  • ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
  • Fletcher Free Library
  • HOPE Works
  • Local Motion
  • Northeast Organic Farmer’s Association
  • Partnership for Change
  • Saint Michael’s College
  • South Burlington School District
  • United Way of Chittenden County
  • Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
  • Vermont Legal Aid
  • Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties
  • Winooski Family Center
  • Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center
  • Women Helping Battered Women
  • YMCA Greater Burlington
  • YWCA Vermont

WE ALL BELONG participating agencies have made broad and lasting improvements such as:

  • improved community relations
  • inclusive customer service standards
  • creation of diversity strategic plans
  • heightened employee morale
  • effective communication across cultures
  • implemented practices to recruit and retain diverse staff
  • strengthened relationships among staff
  • clearer strategies to achieve mission and goals
  • more diverse and engaged Boards of Directors
  • development of community building program