We All Belong Series newly offered in Montpelier Fall 2017

Facilitated by Brian Hsiang & Kathy A. Johnson
All sessions will be held at Noble Hall, Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street  Montpelier VT

CQ Strategies invites you to attend an Introductory session in June
Introduction to Cultural Competency & “What is We All Belong?”
Tuesday, June 6, 2017    OR     Friday, June 9, 2017        8:30 am – 11:30 am

8:30 am -10:45 am        “Introduction to Cultural Competency”            
10:45 am -11:30 am     What is the We All Belong Program?  


The We All Belong program is a Community-Based Cultural Competency Professional Development opportunity
Teams from organizations, colleges and businesses come together to learn about implicit bias and cultural competency, and to develop and implement strategies to create inclusive, safe, and welcoming work and learning environments. Each organization, business and campus brings a team to work together with other teams from the community at 3 full-day sessions over 4 months. 

Content of Introductory Session:
●    What is Cultural Competency?
●    Why does my organization need to learn about cultural competency?
●    What are our “bright spots” and growth areas re: cultural competence?
●    What is the We All Belong Program Framework?
●    How will participation in We All Belong benefit my organization?

FALL DATES:  We All Belong Foundations of Cultural Competency
Participating Organizations attend all 3 sessions with their We All Belong team. Session Descriptions below.

Initial 2-hour Welcome Meeting for Team Leaders       August date to be determined
1st Session            Wednesday, September 6, 2017        9:00 am – 4:00 pm
2nd Session           Wednesday, November 1, 2017        9:00 am – 4:00 pm
3rd Session            Wednesday, December 6, 2017        9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Teams receive learning activities and resources between sessions
For more information contact admin@cqstrategies.org or call (802) 595-9596  


We All Belong Montpelier Session Descriptions

1st Session:  Introductions / Intro to Cultural Competency / Personal and Social Identities

In this full-day introductory session, participants meet members of the 2017 We All Belong Foundations Montpelier Cohort. We explore concepts of cultural competency, the iceberg of culture, personal identity, social identity, organizational culture and dominant norms.  Participants are introduced to a WAB checklist of steps organizations take toward becoming more culturally competent.

2nd Session:  Implicit Bias & Institutional Bias / Switch Strategies

In this full day session, we explore implicit bias and institutional forms of bias as we engage in see-feel-change activities. Participants consider differences between intent and impact. We review and apply key strategies from the organizational development book “Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard” by Chip & Dan Heath. We practice recognizing and responding to bias and “micromessages” personally and at work. 

3rd Session:  Intersectionality, Power, Privilege / Racism in Past and Present / More Switch Strategies

In this third session, participants explore concepts of power, intersectionality, and privilege. We consider historical impacts of racism on present day interactions, policies and practices. Participants identify ways to actively address bias and racism, personally and institutionally within their organizations.  Participants choose Strategies to focus on during this session.