Race, Diversity and Inclusion

The Providers’ Council envisions communities which enculturate racial equity values to benefit clients, consumers, program participants, and human services providers. As service providers, thought leaders and change agents, we are entrusted to care for those in need and/or are marginalized. A fair and just society for all is only possible when the values of racial inclusion and equity are embraced and advanced.

Since 2016, the Providers’ Council has increased our efforts in promoting race, diversity and inclusion initiatives for our members. We created a Race, Diversity and Inclusion Committee which strives to create communities of respect, tolerance and inclusion within the human services sector and the communities in which we live and work. Our objective is to broaden awareness and understanding within our racial, ethnic, gender, faith, nationalities and  other identities by embracing  diversity through knowledge, practice, and advocacy.

Our most popular program is the two-day Healing Racism Seminar facilitated by The Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley. This two-day signature program starts a community-level dialogue about the intersection of race and the history of racism that raises awareness, but also challenges how people define diversity as well as how people view themselves and others. They also facilitate a one-day Cracking the Codes/The System of Racial Inequity session which also includes deeper conversation on racial inequity, history of discrimination, white privilege, and internal and external factors. The Council has had nearly 200 members attend one of theses experiences, including over half of our board of directors.

Click here to find a list of recommended race, diversity and inclusion best practices for your organization.

Next Healing Racism Sessions

Providers’ Council Healing Racism Seminar: October 29 & 30

The Providers’ Council and HRIPV are excited to offer a special session of this seminar exclusively for members of the Council. Space is limited to 30 participants from 15 member organizations (two executive-level staff from each organization). This seminar is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th. Participants must attend both days in their entirety. The fee is $425 per person; this fee covers trainers, meals and materials for both days.

Cracking the Codes Film/Dialogue Session: December 11

Join together for a private viewing and training session of Cracking the Codes/The System of Racial Inequity exclusively for Council members. The film is divided into two sections that inspire dialogue around the issues of race and diversity in our communities. Cracking the Codes is a great vehicle for a deeper conversation on racial inequity, history of discrimination, white privilege, and internal and external factors. This will take place on Tuesday, December 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Seven Hills Foundation in Worcester.


Race, Diversity and Inclusion Resources

Diversity & Inclusion

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