Title: Reconsidering the Business Case for Disability: Are We Failing Disabled Talent?
Description: When talking to employers about disabled talent, is the Business Case the most useful argument? Some studies do suggest disabled workers have higher levels of retention, take fewer days off, take fewer breaks, and are as, if not more, productive than their nondisabled peers. So why is the unemployment rate for people with disabilities still twice as high as their nondisabled peers? Furthermore, arguments that disabled employees are more loyal and engaged may not even be true. In this breakout session, Starkloff Disability Institute Disability Inclusion Consultant, Jason Hartsfield, will lead an exploration of the challenges and pitfalls of the Business Case, what really attracts disabled talent, and whether or not a better Business Case can be made.
Jason Hartsfield, Starkloff Disability Institute
Title: Show Me State Hate: An Overview of Anti-LGBTQIA+ Policies and the Missouri Legislature
Description: Presenters will provide a brief overview of how policy is made in the Missouri State Legislature, an analysis of the anti-LGBTQIA+ policy wave sweeping the globe, the impact on queer and trans Missourians, and what people can do to impact community care.
Elizabeth Fuchs, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
Philip Deitch, St. Louis LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce
Title: Community Wealth Building as a Model of Equitable Development
Description: This presentation will introduce the concept of community wealth building and how it can be used to guide equitable development in communities who have been historically excluded or marginalized. The model seeks to build broadly-shared wealth through direct control of assets by community members for their own collective benefit. Examples that demonstrate this model, such as community land trusts and cooperatives, will be discussed. Attendees will be invited to envision how such assets could be built and shared in St. Louis and what steps we can take to make it a reality.
Chris Willcox, A Red Circle
Deborah Rice-Carter, A Red Circle
Title: Equity Champions: Building and Sustaining a Community of Anti-Racism Advocates
Description: In the summer of 2020, the murder of George Floyd and heightened xenophobia from the COVID-19 pandemic provided the awareness and impetus for the School of Medicine to name and address racism as a public health crisis. After intensive training and discussion among the school’s leadership, an anti-racism curriculum and capacity building strategy was set in motion. A key part of our capacity building strategy was to get resource and staff commitments from every department in the school of medicine. Launched in October of 2021, the Equity Champion program is a collection of faculty and staff experts tasked with readying their departments for anti-racism training.
For our interactive session, we will discuss issues important for getting buy-in across the institution, how the curriculum was developed to be consistent with our mission and values, and how we center equity when recruiting members to the program. Two of our Equity Champions will highlight the challenges and opportunities they faced in their department-specific rollouts. Participants will be given time to reflect and discuss alignment strategies specific to their home institutions, as well as participate in a portion of the anti-racism curriculum that can be adapted to their own organizations.
Erin Stampp, Washington University School of Medicine
Jeramia Ory, Washington University School of Medicine
Julian Magee, Washington University School of Medicine
Sha Neice Hinton, Washington University School of Medicine
Title: Creating a Successful Neurodiverse Work Environment
Description: Through this training, we will help to empower individuals to embrace their neurodiversity at work, advocate for their needs, and identify strategies to reduce stress in the workplace. We additionally hope to help employers identify ways to better support and celebrate their neurodivergent employees.
Michelle Fienup, Best Life Counseling, LLC
Pagina Brown, Best Life Counseling, LLC
Title: Racial Equity Capacity Building: Catalyze Organizational Change Through Data and Practice
Description: More and more institutions—across sectors—realize the imperative of incorporating racial equity into their structure, policies, and practices; but they struggle with the how. The Racial Equity Roundtable is a facilitated monthly cohort model for these institutions. This session offers activities that engage the Roundtable’s main objectives: building a network of radically collaborative leaders, problem-solving, and creating an action plan to infuse racial equity in organizational transformation. Racial Equity Capacity Building is part of Forward Through Ferguson’s #STL2039 Action Plan to achieve a St. Louis region where racial equity is the reality by 2039—a generation after the killing of Michael Brown Jr.
Nichole Murphy, Forward Through Ferguson
Title: Cultivating Psychological Safety by Interrupting White Supremacy Culture Together
Description: During this session, we will explore the critical role of psychological safety in enabling all employees – especially those who are most marginalized – to thrive. Through personal reflection and group discussion, participants will identify what psychological safety looks like and name workplace barriers to achieving it. In particular, the group will examine the influence of white supremacy culture as an impediment to psychological safety. We will define white supremacy culture and its implications; as Tema Okun tells us, “white supremacy culture trains us all to internalize attitudes and behaviors that do not serve any of us.” We will explore these common attitudes and behaviors (e.g. perfectionism, either/or thinking, defensiveness) – how they show up in organizational culture and how we can interrupt them to benefit everyone. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of these terms and will feel more empowered to build a more psychologically safe environment in their own workplace.
Claire Schell, Claire Schell Consulting
Title: Advancing an Age-Inclusive Society
Description: In our society, ageism is pervasive, invisible, and harmful to individuals and communities; it is a major barrier to achieving long, fulfilling lives. Increasing awareness and understanding about age as an identity issue and how age intersects with other social identities is key to changing attitudes and implementing interventions to achieve age inclusivity. Age bias affects both young and old, regardless of identity. We, as a society, are living longer, and we are seeing ageism continue to show itself more than ever, in healthcare, the workplace, media, politics, and our day to day lives. With demographic trends projecting an older population that’s larger than the younger population by 2050, there are plenty of opportunities to harness the value that older adults bring to society. In St. Louis today, over 50% of the population comes from the Baby Boomer generation. In this session you will learn how ageism impacts people of all ages and how you can address this in your own life, both personally and professionally. In order to move forward in an equitable way, we must advance another narrative: that regardless of age we are all valuable contributors to our society.
Natalie Galucia, Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging
Title: Time for Change: Reimagining Funder + Nonprofit Relationships
Description: This panel will provide an introduction to Community-Centric Fundraising and the role of participatory grant-making in making fundraising practices more equitable. Panelists who are representatives from Racial Healing + Justice Fund and the funders who are involved with the fund will demonstrate how the fund is at the forefront of designing and grappling with models for democratic, most-impacted-led, and participatory philanthropy.
Faybra Jabulani, Forward Through Ferguson
Rachel D’Souza-Siebert, Gladiator Consulting