Year One Report
After hosting and participating in a few different equity trainings, including an anti-racism training and organizational assessment cohort, The Intertwine Alliance took a step back and thought about how we can more effectively support our partners in this area. After some strategic planning with our staff, board and key thought partners, we developed the Equity and Inclusion Cohorts Program. 2017 was the first year we implemented the program, and we are continuing to evolve the program to best serve and support our partners and the region.
In this first year, we:
- Collected expression of interest forms from organizations interested in participating. These EOIs collected information on organizational needs and current understanding around DEI, leadership commitment, and goals in participating.
Put out an RFP and collected proposals from training providers that had them report what types of training (individual consciousness raising, organizational assessment, etc), they were able to provide.
Grouped organizations based on information collected in the EOIs into four cohorts.
Convened each cohort and supported them in selecting the provider that would best meet their DEI goals.
Created a budget for each cohort and allocated grant funds to each.
The participating organizations:
In the creation of a new program with the goal of it becoming an ongoing and sustainable program for partner organizations to leverage their DEI journeys into shifting the broader sector, we are working to balance partner needs with our and our training providers' capacities. With that, we are making some shifts to the structure of year two of the program; stay tuned for updates.
We will be collecting EOIs for year two of the program in early 2018 with the goal of starting trainings in the spring. We will follow a similar format of matching new organizations with a cohort based on current work and goals, and also continue to support the learning of the current cohorts.