Rural Oregon’s nonprofit organizations are exploring how diversity, equity, and inclusion can build understanding, strengthen mission impact and ensure public benefit.
Northeast Oregon Economic Development District is organizing a series of roundtable discussions for regional nonprofit board members and staff to learn, share and discuss methods and strategies. The next roundtable will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Island City Hall, 10605 Island Ave., including lunch. The title is “LGBTQ 101,” and will be led by Meg Bowen, quality director at Winding Waters Clinic in Enterprise, and Stef Duncan and Kyrie Weaver of Safe Harbors in Enterprise.
Bowen has worked in health care and primary care for more than 30 years and is a Pacific Northwest native. Duncan has worked as a domestic violence and sexual assault victims’ advocate for the past eight years, the last three of which as an LGBTQ-specific advocate in Wallowa County.
The February roundtable focuses on how denying human rights to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual or queer members of the community not only threatens those individuals in obvious ways, but is also detrimental to everyone in the community.
“A community that is not safe for all of its members isn’t safe for any of its members,” notes Bowen. “This roundtable will offer history and also present-day implications of fear and bigotry.”
Info and registration: 541-426-3598.