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.
Photo credit: artwork by Nikkolas Smith
Trainers and Consultants
- Pearl S. Buck International
- Social Justice Initiative, Bryn Mawr College
- YWCA Bucks County
- YWCA Tri-County Area
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
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
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
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
Coaches, Montgomery County Government
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.
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.
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.
Peer Learning Circle Facilitators
Tatiana Diaz was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Minor in Women Studies. Ms. Diaz has also received a Master’s in Community Psychology and Social Change, a Diversity in Community Certificate from the same institution and Certificate in LGBT Health from Drexel University.
For over a decade Ms., Diaz has worked in higher education institutions establishing diversity related programs while advocating for diverse students, and creating opportunities for community growth and identity development. Currently she is the inaugural Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Gwynedd Mercy University.
Damani Irby is the owner and operator of Psych Choices, a holistic mental health practice in Delaware County. His practice treats and manages a wide variety of mental illnesses through the use of psychotherapy, medication management, and holistic approaches. He is known for promoting and recruiting employees that value equity, diversity, and inclusion which is embedded in his company's hiring practices. Furthermore as a licensed provider himself, he also inspires his patients to be educated and aware on these various topics when ethically appropriate.
MS, NCC, CCMHC, LPC, Owner & Operator of Psych Choices