On Tuesday October 13 the Vermont Community Leadership Network hosted a workshop on addressing equity and inclusion in your work and community that included an opening session, breakout group discussions, and a closing session. Thanks to speakers Xusana Davis, Vermont's Executive Director of Racial Equity, who opened by sharing the Vermont context; Ito Meno, CQ Strategies talked about incorporating equity and inclusion into our work; and Lisa Ryan, Rutland Board of Alderman and Bennington County Community Justice, brought the discussion to a local level.

Resources from the workshop include: a recording of the workshop and the "chat" of participants comments throughout the session.

The Vermont Community Foundation is interested in work happening at the community level to create welcome, safe and equitable spaces for Vermonters from all backgrounds, races and ethnicities. If you have a project that specifically relates to your community's needs and dialogues around issues of discrimination, social and racial justice, or systemic racism, they want to hear about it. They're particularly interested in proposals that follow the Municipal Engagement for Diversity Equity and Inclusion suggestions, and that come from municipalities or from community-led and grassroots groups with a fiscal agent. Please send a short outline of your need, your community’s project, and the lead entity to [email protected].