A virtual summit will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, for people to talk about five key challenges raised by the Equity Challenge and how they can be addressed in the Quad-Cities.
Challenges include diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace; cultural trauma and its impact on the health and well-being of Black, Hispanic and LGBTQ Quad-Citizens; and youth development.
The summit will consist of multiple virtual 60- to 90-minute sessions accessed from a laptop, tablet or phone. Preregistration was required.
The sessions will be moderated and will give groups of up to 15 people the opportunity to listen and learn from each other about a specific topic. Each group also will try to come up with ideas and possible solutions to tackle the given challenge.
Conversations will be turned into a report that is shared with the community, including suggestions, programs and ideas for equity in the Quad-Cities.
A memo will be created for elected officials to provide suggested policy changes needed based on the community’s input.
Topics will include:
1. Diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.
What can we do to advance and accelerate diversity, equity and inclusion?
2. Cultural trauma and its impact on the health and well-being of Black, Hispanic and LGBTQ Quad-Citizens.
What can we do to change policies and practices so that all Quad-Citizens can lead happy, healthy lives where they feel safe, accepted and free of oppression?
3. True equity/power sharing.
How do we develop a pipeline of leaders and promote their involvement as candidates/officeholders, on corporate boards, not-for-profit boards, city/county/state boards and commissions and other groups that decide allocation of resources, power and opportunity in the Quad-Cities?
4. Economic opportunity/mobility.
How do we build wealth and ensure prosperity in the Black/Latino/minority communities?
5. Youth development.
What can we do to ensure all kids have a great start, succeed in school and have a pathway to success after high school?
A follow-up, virtual Equity Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.
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