Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

September AL!VE Academy: Creating a More Inclusive Space for Volunteers
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern
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September AL!VE Academy:  Creating a More Inclusive Space For Volunteers 
September 28, 1 PM - 90 minutes

As volunteer engagement professionals we should be committed to removing the visible, invisible and perceived
barriers to volunteering. We should be mindful that we are including volunteers from the communities that we serve,
including persons who are black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ, and people with disabilities. Join with 
colleagues interested in advancing equity in their volunteer programs for a conversation to help increase diversity,
equity and inclusion of volunteers.

Session Objectives:
Workshop participants will leave with an understanding of how to identify areas of their volunteer programs that are not inclusive.
  • Workshop participants will hear real-life examples from others about how they identified areas for improvement, developed a plan for implementation and managed both the challenges and successes they experienced.
  • Participants will be able to engage with each other to hear more examples and learn how they can implement their own inclusivity strategies and address any potential challenges.
About the Presenters:
Joshua Rogers Originally from Memphis, TN, Josh is a graduate of Morehouse College, Arkansas State University, and Georgia State University. He is passionate about uplifting communities and effecting systematic change in society.  Josh has several years of community development and strategic planning experience. He is married to Asha Rodgers and they live in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area with their two sons, Joshua, II and Jayden Alexander.

Darlene Laird is HFHI’s Skilled Volunteer Strategy and Engagement Manager and specializes in creating resources, trainings, and promising practices for the Habitat affiliated network to engage skilled volunteers. She brings 15 years of experience as a leader of volunteers and in her most recent work, she has served as part of Habitat for Humanity International’s Volunteer Resource Center, Global Village, and the Habitat AmeriCorps program.. Darlene has her certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida. and holds a CVA from the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.  She has served as a governing board member for a local charter school for 5 years.

This AL!VE Academy is free to all participants as part of AL!VE's commitment to build learning on DEAI issues for our profession.
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