Dates: September 12, 26, October 10, 24, November 7, 21

Cost: $100 for the series (Free registration for a limited number of BIPOC ENGO participants. If you are able to pay the registration fee we encourage you to do so. This leaves the complimentary BIPOC registrations for organizations in greater need.)

What is the Program? The BIPOC ENGO Inclusivity Café is for staff tasked with creating and moving organizational JEDI initiatives forward, such as those working in Programs, Human Resources, or who have JEDI as part of their role. This program will help ENGOs gain awareness of the challenges that BIPOC communities face in an organizational setting and serve as a community of practice for those ENGO staff leading or responsible for JEDI initiatives.  

When are the Sessions? This virtual community of practice series consists of six 2-hour sessions delivered over three months on every second Thursday between September 12th and November 21st, 2024, from 1:00-3:00 PM ET.

*Please note, all participants will receive a confirmation email from TicketTailor with a link to join the meetings on Zoom. All registrants will receive access to a recording of the workshops, following each session. To maintain participant confidentiality only the Fireside Chat portion will be recorded.

What are the Benefits of Participating? This is your chance to gather in a safe, virtual space with your ENGO peers who are facing similar JEDI challenges for honest, respectful discussion and community building. Via peer sharing, guest speakers, breakout group discussions, and resource sharing, participants will learn:

·       How Canada’s colonial history impacts BIPOC communities today.

·       How to apply an intersectional lens to BIPOC engagement strategies.

·       Strategies and best practices to effectively initiate, maintain, and move BIPOC-focussed JEDI initiatives forward.

·       Strategies to support wellness while engaging in JEDI work.

What Can You Expect? In contrast to a lecture series, this community of practice will allow participants to learn from each other’s JEDI joys and challenges in a more casual setting. Each cohort will consist of up to 20 ENGO staff members from across Canada. Sessions will include a Fireside Chat with ENGO sector guest speakers, and participants will have the opportunity to workshop challenging JEDI workplace scenarios with their peers. Guest speakers will include Adil Darvesh (Communications Manager, CPAWS Yukon), Pablo Zacarias (Executive Director, Better Environmentally Sound Transportation), and more.

Topics will include:

·       September 12: Fostering psychological safety and authentic allyship.

·       September 26: Exploring white privilege, guilt, and fragility.

·       October 10: Colonialism and white supremacy in Canada’s conservation history.

·       October 24: Avoiding BIPOC tokenism in internal and external communications.

·       November 7: Embedding intersectional BIPOC approaches.

·       November 21: Getting organizational buy-in for JEDI initiatives.

The Sustainability Network will continue building our community of ENGO JEDI Practitioners with quarterly cohort check-ins to see how participants are using the knowledge gained in the program and assess gaps and challenges that may have arisen.

Are you an ENGO ED, CEO, organizational leader or someone tasked with organizational design and culture interested in this program? We suggest that you take our BIPOC ENGO Inclusive Workplaces Lab program, which is designed specifically for organizational leaders such as Executive Directors, Operations Managers, and HR/People and Culture leaders at larger organizations.

Please note that this program is only open to ENGOs (environmental non-profit organizations).

Presented by:

Anna-Liza Badaloo

Anna-Liza Badaloo (she/her) is a non-profit consultant, facilitator, and writer, working at the intersection of health, environment, and social justice. With 15 years of experience in non-profit strategy, programs, communications, professional development, and stakeholder engagement, she helps organizations address root causes to maximize impact.

Viewing JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) through the lens of empathy, her decolonized, intersectional approach has helped organizations build capacity by implementing JEDI-focused training, events, communities of practice, peer networks, and advocacy campaigns. By centering underserved communities including BIPOC, youth, and 2SLGBTQIA+, she helps organizations understand how colonial structures impact organizational health.