Leading a cultural shift to foster equitable development in the spaces where we live, work and play
Leading and thinking inclusively calls for a different language and approach, particularly among planners, developers, urban designers, community organizers and others working to strengthen Chicago’s built and social infrastructure.
Land use and zoning, housing policy and infrastructure planning have been vehicles for racism. Historically and intentionally, these tools have segregated neighborhoods, disconnected communities of color from opportunity, and left their air, land and water polluted. Recently, planning and development practices have exacerbated racial inequities in health, wealth and climate resilience in our cities and suburbs. As we move toward recovery from a global health pandemic and embrace a nationwide movement for racial justice, now is the time for shared learning and resources to enact institutional change.
The Metropolitan Planning Council and Elevated Chicago are pleased to present this event, the second in a series of virtual workshops to help leaders in planning and community development to make equity, diversity and inclusion principles real. Please join us for any of these interactive sessions, which offer candid conversation, practical tools, and accountability methods for applying an equity framework to everyday challenges.
The Invisible Culture of White Supremacy: How to Move Toward Racially Equitable Outcomes Even During a Global Pandemic
Amidst the economic, and racial crises and a global pandemic, built environment professionals are pressed to critically understand the increased influence of white supremacy on every aspect of their work. In this webinar, Heidi Massey from CommunityConnective and Kim Casey from UCAN, will unpack Tema Okun's Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture and show how these characteristics may show up in the workplace right now with even more gusto and force. The invisibility of white culture and how its impact is magnified by these various crises along with a newly remote workforce will be explored in an attempt to learn how to build infrastructure that facilitates more equitable outcomes. This will be an interactive session and attendance will be capped to enable small group discussion. The free invite-only webinar will be capped at 40 attendees and part of the recording will be made available after the webinar here! Be sure to check visit www.metroplanning.org/dei for up-to-date webinar information.
Please save the date for more from the series!
- From Allyship to Accomplice, Wednesday, July 15, 10-11:30 a.m. CDT with Nina Idemudia
- Power and Privilege, Wednesday, July 29, 10-11:30 a.m. CDT with Tuyet Le
This series of workshops are funded by Convergence Partnership and the Strong, Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC). Please direct questions about the webinar series to Debbie Liu.
Leading Inclusively in Times of Crises
Inclusive leadership plays a critical role during crises. History has shown us that with it, we can face challenges to our workplaces and region, such as COVID-19 and its aftermath. This workshop was originally held on April 30, 2020 with leader Deb Baldwin, founder of Human Resources - Diversity Advisors (HRDA). The webinar recording and resources referenced can be found below.
- Created by Elevated Chicago for leaders and practitioners working on the front lines of community engagement. However, the principles are applicable in a variety of contexts.
- Used to helps leaders to identify their unconscious bias or what assumptions a leader might make, preferences they have in relation to things like weight, gender, age, race, etc.
- The CDC has developed guidelines to reduce stigma including racism and scapegoating some groups are facing due to COVID-19
- Book, Inclusion Nudges Guidebook: Practical Techniques for Changing Behaviour, Culture & Systems to Mitigate Unconscious Bias and Create Inclusive Organisations by Tinna C. Nielsen and Lisa Kepinski
- Practical techniques for changing behavior, culture & systems. Can be purchased at your local bookstore.
- Documentary discusses the 1995 Chicago heat wave and the role structural racism played. Can be viewed on PBS.