Think Reaching Out to Nonvoters is Pointless? So Did I

Photo by Kari Sullivan, on Unsplash By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action With Election Day fewer than 70 days away, the pandemic lingers, and doubts about ballot delivery continue to swirl around us. It’s easy to feel anxious about the prospect of uncounted—or uncast—votes. At least, that’s how I have [...]

Reflections on the Killing of George Floyd

Photo by Munshots via Unsplash By Dr. Sandra Harris Howard, Senior Consultant for Joining Vision and Action I’m sad. I’m angry. I’m frustrated. I’m grieving. I’m numb. These feelings are ones that are often experienced by my family, my friends and me. Emotions have recently escalated after hearing of and viewing the murder of George [...]

How COVID-19 Sharpens our Focus on Equity

By The Joining Vision and Action Team JVA’s team has been reflecting lately on the most critical aspects of our work, and on what we believe sets us apart. Last week, we talked about what innovation means to us in this challenging time. This week, team members share what equity means to them and [...]

Is Language Important? It is to JVA (Part 2)

Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash How to Find Answers Outside Your DEI Comfort Zone By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action In my last blog, I talked about some trends in the language used by news media on topics such as race and ethnicity. This time, I’ll talk about [...]

2020-05-26T17:25:30-06:00February 11th, 2020|2020, Blog, Diversity, equity and inclusion|0 Comments

Is Language Important? It is to JVA (Part 1)

What Nonprofits Can Learn from the News Media By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action The Seattle Times made news in journalism circles recently by changing its style to capitalize the word “Black,” as an adjective, when referring to a “culture, ethnicity or group of people.” The Times explained that “increasingly [...]

2020-06-27T20:47:07-06:00February 4th, 2020|2020, Blog, Diversity, equity and inclusion|0 Comments

What is Race-Based Caucusing and Can it Promote Equity?

Photo by Dylan Gillis on Unsplash By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action In the past, when people who identify as white wanted to learn about or contemplate issues related to racial justice, our inclination might have been to ask a person of color to explain something to us. But these [...]

2020-05-26T17:51:11-06:00November 5th, 2019|2019, Blog, Diversity, equity and inclusion|0 Comments

Cinco de Mayo and the Many Layers of ‘Diversity’

By Silvia Solis, Research and Evaluation Associate at Joining Vision and Action I remember the first time I celebrated Cinco de Mayo. I had recently moved to Laredo, Texas, from Mexico City and, as a sophomore in high school, I found out we were having some sort of celebration in the cafeteria for this particular [...]

2020-05-26T18:10:12-06:00April 30th, 2019|2019, Blog, Diversity, equity and inclusion|1 Comment

Veditz Center Hopes to Create a ‘Third Place’ for the Deaf Community

Jaclyn Tyrcha was among Veditz Center board members who led a cultural competency training at JVA recently. (Photo by Kori Moinat/ Courtesy of the Veditz Center)   By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action Members of the Veditz Center, a Denver organization serving the deaf/American Sign Language (ASL) community, recently led [...]

Add These Diversity Podcasts to Your Itinerary

By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action Before I take any trip that involves a lot of driving or flying, my to-do list includes downloading a slew of recent episodes of my favorite podcasts. I love podcasts. They keep me entertained during a long drive through Kansas and distracted during a [...]

2020-09-21T16:07:11-06:00September 4th, 2018|2018, Blog, Diversity, equity and inclusion, Media|0 Comments

The Subtleties of Inclusion

by Silvia Solis, Research and Evaluation Associate at Joining Vision and Action There is a secret challenge to inclusivity. The challenge lies in that there are, at least, two different levels at which inclusivity happens and is expressed. The first level is rooted in the recognition and acknowledgment of diversity— meaning, the explicit ways in [...]