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Diversity in Chapter Development
As I was preparing for my presentation at the NACSW convention in
St. Louis on the topic of “Dismantling Racism,” it occurred to
me that I should offer some strategies for effective cross-cultural
relations in chapter development. Many of these ideas I have gleaned
from a variety of other resources. Please feel free to contact me if
you would like me to point you in their direction:
Promote racial diversity by holding a racial relations
conference or by sponsoring a workshop on diversity issues.
Plan a meeting exchange with a local National Association of
Black Social Workers group (or another similar group).
Read a book on racial issues and use it as a discussion topic
for chapter meetings or chatroom discussions.
Seek out racially/ethnically diverse leadership and workshop
Sponsor a group from the chapter that would meet for
fellowship with a focus on racial reconciliation.
Encourage members' pastors to participate in racial
reconciliation Sundays, sister church programs, pulpit exchanges,
and cross cultural congregation church suppers.
Seek relationships with diverse organizations: (for example,
the National Urban League).
Plan your meetings in diverse regions/neighborhoods/churches.
love to hear other suggestions you might have as well!