The Racial Equity Learning Community is a cross-county, multi-sector initiative for organizations in Bucks and Montgomery Counties to come together to learn, build relationships, and take action that deepens organizational and collective capacity to advance racial equity and justice in our community.

In year one (September 2021-June 2022), this Learning Community includes two cohorts, including 31 community-based organizations, and Montgomery County government department and board participation. The Learning Community framework includes three core components: organizational learning, organizational action, and community-building and action. Learn more about the framework here.

The planning partners, the Bucks-Mont Collaborative, Tri-County Community Network, and Interagency Council of Norristown, have made a minimum 3-year commitment to help coordinate this Learning Community.

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Trainers and Consultants


The nINA Collective

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The nINA Collective is a consulting cooperative that partners with nonprofits on systems change initiatives to advance racial equity within organizations and communities.

Coaches

Welcome Workplace program furthers Pearl Buck's legacy of fighting discrimination and using diversity as a strength. Through its cultural awareness, diversity, equity, inclusion and racial equity programming, PSBI offers workshops, programs, community presentations, consulting and strategic planning services, individual and organizational inter-cultural competency assessments and developmental plan mentoring.

Coaches: MaNesha Stiff, PhD, Facilitator, Pearl S. Buck International; Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Rasmussen University

Laura R. Kauffman, Program Education and Training Manager, Pearl S. Buck International

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Convening community-based services and integrating participatory research and education, the Social Justice Initiative (SJI) utilizes four pathways - forgiveness, courage and compassion, cultural humility, and radical love - to advance the knowledge, values, and skills essential for dismantling the structures and systems of injustice in all its manifestations, recognizing that racial inequities and disparities are central to them all.

The SJI seeks to co-create a more equitable world for individuals, families, organizations, and their communities. The SJI provides space for dialogue and reflection through publicly accessible webinars, podcasts, and events as well as coaching and consultations with executive directors, administrative and direct service teams, governing boards, and clients/consumers, largely in the not-for-profit sector. This work has resulted in the SJI’s learning, unlearning, and relearning, which is shared throughout the SJI network of approximately 300 individual and organizational collaborators.

Coaches: Darlyne Bailey, PhD, LISW, Professor & Dean Emeritus; Director, Social Justice Initiative, Bryn Mawr College

Kelly McNally Koney, MSSA, Founder and Principal Consultant, The Kyla Alliance; Advisory Council Member, Social Justice Initiative

Marianne Neary Kaplan, MSOD, Founder, Kaplan Consulting Network; Advisory Council Member, Social Justice Initiative

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YWCA Bucks County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA USA has been at the forefront of nearly every major social movement since its founding over 160 years ago. Since 1954, the YWCA has been a leader in the realm of racial and social justice work in Bucks County. The YWCA knows that in order to lead the charge against racism, it must also consistently address internal issues of race head on. This is a challenging, self-reflective task that the YWCA takes seriously, and can share its experience with others in their journey.

YWCA Bucks County staff have significant professional experience in facilitating educational opportunities focused on racial and social justice; all staff are trained in facilitation, mediation and program delivery. This work extends to local schools, non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals. Through the development of a Racial Equity Action plan, the YWCA’s goal is to provide each organization with support to build and/or increase their own capacity to create a culture of equity through organizational learning, organizational action, and community building and action.

Coaches: Kristin Chapin, Associate Director and Guillaume Stewart, Executive Director

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YWCA Tri-County Area is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We envision a world where equal promise exists for all and stand in solidarity with our community against injustice everywhere. The YWCA is committed to on-going reflection, improvement, education, and alignment with concepts, practices and approaches relevant to both the mission and to sector trends and standards.

Racial equity is prioritized as a key factor in all program design and is paired with trauma responsive practices to provide the most dignified experience for employees and clients. Clients include community members, educational systems, community partners, and for- and not-for-profit organizations, all of which engage in a variety of ways, always with a lens of equity and a focus on education.

Coaches: Kelly Grosser, Chief Mission Impact Officer and Sarah Stump, Mission Engagement Manager

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Coaches, Montgomery County Government

Adrean Turner is an Author, Leadership Coach, Speaker, Professional Development Trainer and Business Consultant. She is the owner of Turner Coaching Training and Consulting, LLC, a nationally certified Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), and leading provider of workforce development and career management strategies and solutions.

In addition to servicing business and private client accounts through her company, Adrean is a Master Coach with the Muse®, Training Manager for the Tri-County Community Network, Instructor for Chambers of Commerce throughout PA, and Adjunct Professor of Business at Alvernia University and Visiting Professor at Widener University.

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Delphia Howze is the founder and CEO of D. Howze Solutions, LLC, a D&I consultancy. She is a forward-thinking Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) leader with more than 20 years of successful experience in helping organizations leverage human capital and diversity to create and strengthen inclusive environments. Her areas of expertise include developing and implementing HR and D&I strategies, training and development, mentoring and coaching, and leadership development.

As the former Manager of Diversity for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and as the current president of the SHRM TC chapter, she regularly coaches SHRM members on HR and D&I best practices to ensure sustainable success.

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Sharon Brokenbough, mostly known as ‘Coach Sharon,’ is a university instructor, speaker, author, wife and mother. Prior to starting ROS Professional Partners LLC as a private practice in 2014, she worked in Corporate America for well over 25 years, holding titles such as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Human Resource Director. Throughout her career, she always found herself to be that ‘safe office’ where individuals from all levels of the organization would come to discuss their challenges, goals, and even their fears in search for support on how to successfully move forward. They found value in how she supported them and how she under all circumstances held their confidence.

Sharon is a Certified Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practitioner, thought leader, and trainer. She has a strong passion for providing organizations the tools to intentionally and authentically establish a more inclusive culture and help educate on the biases that may keep them from attracting, retaining and advancing diversified talent.

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Peer Learning Circle Facilitators

Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Gwynedd Mercy University

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MS, NCC, CCMHC, LPC, Owner & Operator of Psych Choices

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Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation
HealthSpark Foundation
The Montgomery County Foundation Inc.
United Way – Bucks
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