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"Deep Work": How Clinicians are Engaging in an Ongoing Diversity Initiative

Posted by Lisa Abbott on February 19, 2015
We want to share some valuable insight from the Clinical Program Director of the Ann Martin Center in Oakland, California, Laurie Lober, who is working with World Trust facilitator Dia Penning on a year-long diversity initiative with her mostly white staff. Here is what she told us after several months into the process.

The Need for Conversation

The Ann Martin Center is a large organization that provides psychotherapy services, educational support, and parent education to underserved residents in the Oakland area. The Center works directly in the community and at their clinic, hosting lectures, psychotherapy groups, and workshops. The 75-member staff is mostly white, serving clients who are mostly of color.

Clinic Director Lober sited two main reasons for their year-long diversity initiative.

1. Conversations about systemic racism and white privilege were needed to bridge the gap between white staff members' abstract knowledge of institutional racism and the reality of their day-to-day work.

World Trust workshop facilitator Dia Penning, speaking

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Topics: Diversity Workshop, Diversity Initiative, Dia Penning, Social Work, Oakland, Psychologists

Meet Dia Penning, Racial Equity & Diversity Workshop Facilitator

Posted by Lisa Abbott on February 10, 2015

Dia Penning, in addition to being a facilitator, serves as Education Manager and Curriculum Director for World Trust.  Dia designs Racial Equity Learning Modules which offer transformative and creative ways for educators to engage people in community building and learning about systemic racism.

As a diversity workshop facilitator, Dia brings the following strengths:

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Topics: Diversity Workshop, Dia Penning, Social Work

Great Expectations: Race, Ethnicity, and Education

Posted by Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong on October 30, 2014

The lagging American school system has been the topic of fretful thinkpieces for years. In order to pull ahead, so the story goes, we must test more often, drill more often, get to the root of why our students are underperforming.

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Topics: K-12, Resources for Facilitators & Educators, Dia Penning, Racial Equity Learning