Diversity and Inclusion Team 
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What is the LREDA Diversity and Inclusion Team?

The Diversity and Inclusion Team (DIT) is a committee of the Board. The mission of LREDA’s Diversity and Inclusion Team is to articulate a compelling vision of LREDA as an organization made whole by the empowerment of all our members, assist LREDA in living that vision as an organizational priority, and monitor LREDA’s ongoing progress toward that vision. Our vision of LREDA is an inclusive organization that is intentionally willing to struggle to dismantle legal and social barriers to equal association, act with integrity, and honor the many gifts we bring.

What does the DIT do?

The DIT focuses on educating the LREDA Board and membership on issues pertaining to six areas of linked oppression: race, class, gender identity, affectional orientation, ethnicity and abilities. The DIT meets twice a year for face-to-face meetings – once in the spring and once in connection with the LREDA Fall Conference. In-between face-to-face meetings, the DIT schedules regular conference calls. The DIT sets its own agenda and priorities for the year in conversation with the Board and with an awareness of the needs of the membership. Some of the work of the Diversity and Inclusion Team includes:

• leading a yearly orientation for the Board on issues related to linked oppression;
• planning and leading workshops at Fall Conference to support religious educators in developing multicultural competencies;
• creating publications on best practices;
• supporting LREDA in honoring its commitment to diversity and inclusion;
• representing LREDA in conversations focused on multiculturalism and inclusion at the continental level.

Diversity and Inclusion Team Charge. 

How are members selected for the DIT?

The LREDA Nominating Committee recruits candidates for the DIT. The Nominating Committee considers many elements in terms of balance for the Team and seeks diversity in areas of geographical representation, gender identities and expressions, ethnic and racial identifications, age and life experiences, affectional orientations, abilities and class backgrounds. Individuals interested in being considered should contact a member of the Nominating Committee to request an application.

Recommended candidates will be included on a slate presented to and voted on by the LREDA membership at the annual meeting during Professional Day at General Assembly. 

What skills do I need to be considered for the Team?

The DIT maintains an institutional understanding of what it takes to work long-term on equity and justice issues. Team members should possess:

• strong self-awareness and interpersonal skills;
• willingness to be transformed by the work;
• familiarity with systems thinking;
• the ability to work effectively within LREDA (as it is positioned vis-a-vis the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Canadian Unitarian Council, and in the larger world of professional religious education);
• a range of demonstrated cultural competencies;
• experience in project planning, presentation and implementation.

Additionally, DIT members are expected to prioritize the work of the Diversity and Inclusion Team in terms of their professional expense budgets. The DIT also offers financial support for members who do not have expense budgets large enough to cover this work.

Who serves on the DIT?

Current members include: Liz Jones (Chair), Rev. Natalie Fenimore, Yvette Salinas and Shannon Boston, and Michael Molk. Some former members include: Jenn McAdoo, Sylvia Bass-West, Helen Bishop, George Buchanan, Gail Forsyth-Vail, Aisha Hauser, Janice Marie Johnson, Andrea Lerner, Pat Kahn, Chris Parker, Lisa Rubin, Lynne Sabourin, Annie Scott, Jessica York. 

What else should I know about the DIT?

Being a member of the DIT is a unique opportunity to engage with colleagues in powerful soul work. Serving on the team allows participants to “walk their talk” and helps move us all towards beloved community of our dreams.

LREDA Guidelines for Presenters--created and updated by the DIT.