2. A Generative Model for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

March 12-14, 2019

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work occurs over time and at multiple levels within organizations. Diversity officers often knit together individuals, groups, and programs under the broad umbrellas of “diversity or social justice.” One person or one unit in the organization can rarely sustain a successful DEI effort. A generative model of DEI work identifies the different players, initiatives, and programs that constitute “diversity, inclusion, and equity programs.”

This workshop will look at a model of diversity, equity, and inclusion and provide a guideline for pulling in work done by others and creating opportunities for others, using the work done at California State University (CSU) East Bay (successes, incremental progress, and failures). Through case studies, we will also discuss the following: effective program start-ups; campus climate surveys; Ally Workshop Development; staff/faculty affinity group efforts; and programming.

Dr. Dianne Rush Woods, a native of Oakland, received her B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, Masters of Social Work from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Master of Public Health and Ph.D. in social work from the University of California, Berkeley. Dianne served as a founding faculty member of the Masters of Social Work program at CSU East Bay, and was the first African American female chair of the academic senate. After serving as chief of staff to university president Leroy Morishita, she was appointed the university’s first chief diversity officer, and served in that role for five years. Currently, Dianne teaches two masters level courses, Race, Gender, and Inequality, and Social Work Practice.