News Council’s RDI Committee heads in 2021 with full agenda and March program on organizational diversity

The Council’s Race, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is preparing to launch the second phase of its Call to Action: Educate.

Educate is the second of a five-part campaign established by the committee over the summer to support efforts to combat racism and injustice and create communities of respect, equity and inclusion within the human services sector.

Among the priorities of the Educate stage are educational programming and the distribution of materials and resources that will help Council members in making all staff feel safe taking the COVID vaccine.

Other RDI Educate goals include an active agenda of education programs, which kicked off in late January with a Race, Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable featuring panelists Dani Silcox, vice president, Justice Resource Institute; Dr. Gary Lyon, director of youth services, Centerboard, Inc.; Yolanda Nunes, BH CP program supervisor, Community Counseling of Bristol County; Andrew Dawley, chief operating officer, Community Counseling of Bristol County; and Dr. Albertina (Tina) Lopes, senior director of healthcare systems, May Institute.

The panelists span the wide diversity of the Council’s membership and came together to share stories and best practices on combatting racial and social inequities within their organizations.

In March, the Council plans to host an intensive two-day program, A Personal and Organizational Journey Towards Race Equity, presented by Barbara Holland, chief diversity officer, Advocates, and Comma Williams, founder, Comma Williams Enterprises

The program is designed to help participants examine their values, beliefs and biases and develop a framework to create a race equity action plan within their organizations.  The March program is currently sold out, but to add your name to the waiting list or a future program, please contact Patrick Daily at



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