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Thurday, December 13, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Networking at 8:30 a.m., Presentation at 9:00 a.m.
Light Breakfast Provided

Event Description

How Systems Support and Impede Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Cliff Jones, Senior Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon 

Regularly, programmatic outcomes fall short of our hopes and intentions. Our theories of change and/or programs we create do not result in the outcomes we envision. Much work has been done to examine the disconnection between our targets and results.

Systems thinking and analysis is one of the disciplines that shines light on this challenge. Think about what we say we want with regards to diversity, equity and inclusion and the disparate outcomes based on social identity group membership that systematically privileges some of us and disadvantages others in almost every aspect of our lives.

Systems thinking and analysis is very useful in helping us to more deeply understand those disconnections. It can help us in developing knowledge, tools, strategies and action steps to close the gap between the world we say we want to live in – the outcomes we say we want to create; and the lived realities that often fall far short of those aspirations.

This session of EILN will focus on some of the key insights for achieving desired diversity, equity and inclusion results that Cliff Jones has learned from 25 years as a staff consultant at NAO, having worked with well over a thousand nonprofits and through collaborative work with many other colleagues.

Area of Nonprofit Excellence - Leadership & Culture and Purpose & Strategy

Every learning opportunity NAO offers is aligned with one of nine areas of our Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence that NAO believes are critical to every nonprofit’s effectiveness and success. Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential for a thriving, effective and successful nonprofit; therefore, DE&I is embedded across all nine areas.

This event focuses on Leadership & Culture and Purpose & Strategy. For additional resources in this category, visit: Leadership & Culture and Purpose & Strategy.

About the Presenter

Cliff Jones, Senior Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon 


Cliff Jones is a Senior Consultant with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and a human rights activist with over 30 years’ experience in social services, community education, and human rights advocacy. He has experience as a frontline staff, supervisor, project manager, and executive director. He is co-founder of Tools for Diversity, a comprehensive curriculum led by a multi-cultural team that addresses problems caused by discrimination and prejudice and supports building culturally competent organizations.

Cliff has served on the Boards of McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, Funding Exchange Foundation, Oregon Minority AIDS Coalition, Multnomah Legal Service Workers Union, and Peer Counseling Community. He has been a trainer for the Black Leadership and Community Development Institute and is a recipient of Nordstrom’s Cultural Diversity Community Service Award.



$35 NAO Member 
$65 Nonmember

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December 13th, 2018 8:30 AM   through   10:30 AM
Ecotrust - 2nd Floor
Billy Frank Jr Conference
721 NW 9th Ave #200
Portland, OR 97209
Event Fee(s)
Price $ 65.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding

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