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Five Weekly Sessions via Zoom

Tuesdays – October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31
Noon – 1:15 p.m. (PT)

Event Description

Bringing It In: How to a Create a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Workplace Where People Belong

Cohort Facilitator
Erica Briggs, Nonprofit Education Specialist, NAO

The standard operating procedure for the workplace is to ensure that each cog in the wheel is working for the whole. This ignores the value of the cog and assumes the wheel is the best mechanism for movement toward the change we want to see in the world. When we step back and see each person for who they are and what they bring to the larger whole, we can better determine alignment for the individual and the organization. This cohort will focus on best practices of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), not as an appendix to the body but as an integral part of the whole system of organizational wellness.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Identify challenging areas in workplace culture that many organizations may face
  • Prepare for an audit to determine next steps 
  • Design a strategy to integrate the most appropriate actions for their organizations

Additional Guidelines

  • This learning cohort is intended to support Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits statewide. 
  • Participants make a commitment to attend all sessions so we can collectively work together and build a network of support. 
  • Conversations will be held as confidential to allow for depth and breadth of exploration.
  • Limit is 15 individuals per cohort with no more than two representatives from one organization.


Session 1


Somethin' Ain't Right Here! – DEIB initiatives are often presented as a list of boxes to check "done." Many of the presentations are performative, creating a culture that presents as one thing but feels very different. This session strips away the window dressing, providing an opportunity for participants to share stories and identify common areas in workplace culture that remain challenging.   

Session 2


What is Said vs What is Done – Organizational values are a necessary element to creating healthy workplace culture. An organization that values integrity but fails to be transparent in its hiring practices sends conflicting messages that can stir up conflict and distrust. This session will examine existing values to determine how well they line up with DEIB in practice and consider actions that can lead to better alignment. 

Session 3


We, the People... – Creating a sense of belonging cannot be forged by policies and procedures alone. Belonging comes when people feel psychological safety and comfort being who they are in the workplace. This session will help identify how to get to know people better and how to act on what you know in an intentional way.  

Session 4


The Content of Character – The surest way to build a healthy working environment is by developing trusting relationships. Development is stalled, however, without key building blocks that form the character of organizational culture. This session will identify specific character traits of workplace culture that support deeper integration of DEIB, demonstrating how inclusion and belonging is the responsibility of everyone within the organization.  

Session 5


It's Not a Noun, It's a Verb – Too often, DEIB is viewed as a business tool to be used like a pair of reading glasses, worn when needed then put aside. DEIB is not a lens, it's a lifestyle; not a thing that we use, but an action that we do. This session  identifies how DEIB can be lived in everyday moments to more fully integrate it into the overall health and wellness of people and the organization. 

NAO is committed to creating inclusive learning environments and providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Automatic closed captioning via Zoom is turned on by default for all NAO virtual sessions. For other accommodation requests, please contact us at Advanced notice of at least 10 days is appreciated.

About the Cohort Facilitator

Erica Briggs, Nonprofit Education Specialist, NAO

Erica Briggs is a facilitator of learning, DEI consultant, community caretaker, creative artist and author. In each capacity she is a storyteller, sharing stories related to developing a more transparent and fluid identity, embracing culture, and aligning with nature to better heal, grow and sustain mental health and well being.

A native Oregonian, Briggs has lived and worked across the country and overseas. Currently, she serves as a Nonprofit Education Specialist at NAO; Facilitator of Learning for the Anti-Defamation League; and is the founder and CEO of a small arts and nature nonprofit based in Troutdale.  

As a single mother, she earned a BA in Communications at Mills College in Oakland, CA, and a Master's in Africana Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where she studied the social construction of race in America. 

For over 25 years, she has served various roles in asset-based community nonprofits, and both traditional and alternative learning environments from elementary through college. When she is at play you will likely find her wandering in her garden, making a mess in her art studio, or hiking with her children to the nearest body of water.


Thank You Funders

Meyer Memorial Trust and M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust


$125 for NAO Members
$175 for Nonmembers

You must be logged in to your NAO account to receive the member discount. 

You will receive a registration confirmation email. A link to access each weekly virtual cohort session will be sent to registered participants by the Cohort Facilitator prior to each session.

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October 3rd, 2023 12:00 PM to October 31st, 2023 1:15 PM
Online Event
Price $175.00
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding, Principles & Practices