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Through the program, participants will have an opportunity to hone their leadership and collaboration skills. The program is held in two-day sessions over the course of four months. The 2016 session dates are January 12 and 13; February 2 and 3; February 23 & 24; April 6 & 7, and April 27 and 28.
Cascadia Center for Leadership, a program of the Humboldt Area Foundation, is managed by Mary Gelinas and Roger James, who also co-direct Gelinas-James, Inc., an international consulting and training firm. As a team they offer cutting- edge leadership concepts and tools to emerging and seasoned organizational and community leaders. They strive each year to reach new participants with an interest in collaborating effectively within and across organizations and sectors.
The 2017 program marks the 17th anniversary of Cascadia. More than 400 people have graduated from its leadership program during that time.
“Cascadia continues to provide a unique opportunity for leaders from all sectors to learn and grow together for the good of their organizations and the region as a whole, “Mary Gelinas said. “Roger and I feel privileged to work with each person who commits themselves to their development as a leader and contributing member of our North Coast community.”
Additional guest faculty members include Dr. Robert Maurer, director of Behavioral Sciences for the Family Practice Residency Program at the Santa Monica-UCLA Hospital along with Heather Equinoss, an independent consultant with over 15 years of project management, meeting design and graphic facilitation and community engagement experience in public, nonprofit, private and community settings.
The cost of the program is $1,850 per participant and includes all meals, materials, and tuition. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Enrollment is limited to 24 participants and an application is required.
To apply please visit cascadialeadership.org or call 707-442-2993.
Native Cultures Fund is dedicated to supporting California’s original peoples, their art and revitalization of culture. Preference will be given for grants involving (1) new art created by Native artists, (2) cultural mentorship between generations, and/or (3) creation of a cultural model that can be shared. Everything from traditional art and culture to contemporary art projects or programs are eligible. Individuals or community partnerships may apply.
Examples of eligible art:
o Contemporary visual arts
o Multi-media productions
o Storytelling workshops
o Radio or video productions
o Theater productions
o Sacred sites rehabilitation or construction
A partnership may consist of members of one cultural group or it may involve an inter-tribal, inter-cultural or urban-rural collaboration. The project must occur within the service area. Partnerships should be based on reciprocal relationships, consensus building and cultural models of ownership. Oral histories and language materials cannot be owned by the professional artists in community partnerships.
To apply and learn more about the Fund’s eligibility requirements please visit hafoundation.org/nativeculturesfund or call Humboldt Area Foundation, (707) 442-2993.
About Native Cultures Fund:
Initiated and led by Native Peoples, Native Cultures Fund supports Native arts, cultural revitalization and cultural transmission between generations. Grants and regional gatherings focus on methods of building greater cultural participation in communities and learning from elders who create the cultural context for our work. Since 2000, the Native Cultures Fund has made over one million dollars in grants to over 280 community projects in rural Native communities of northern and central California.
About Humboldt Area Foundation:
Vera Vietor established the Humboldt Area Foundation in 1972. Since then, more than $70 million in grants and scholarships have been awarded in Humboldt, Del Norte, Curry and Trinity Counties. Humboldt Area Foundation promotes and encourages generosity, leadership and inclusion to strengthen our communities.
For more information on services provided by the Foundation please visit the Humboldt Area Foundation website at hafoundation.org or call (707) 442-2993.
(Story by: Kym Kemp, Readheaded Blackbelt)
The Northern California Association of Nonprofits (NorCAN) has chosen Byrd Lochtie to receive the 2017 Nonprofit Leader Achievement Award. The award will be presented on Tuesday December 5 at Confluence, NorCAN’s biennial regional nonprofit leadership conference; the event takes place at the Sequoia Conference Center in Eureka from 8am-4pm.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Humboldt Area Foundation Community Grants Program Deadline August 1
BAYSIDE, CALIF. (June 13, 2019) – Organizations in Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity and Curry counties are invited to apply for the Community Grants Program through Humboldt Area Foundation. The grant, which awards grants of $5,000 to $20,000 to address pressing community issues, has an application deadline of August 1, 2019.
Past grantees include the Arcata House for its family shelter case management program, the Big Lagoon Union School District for its Outdoor Resilience Building Experiences and the Institute of Native Knowledge to help bring Karuk language classes to Klamath River schools. Nonprofits, public schools, government agencies, Indian Tribal Governments; or community groups with a qualified fiscal sponsor are all eligible to apply.
The purpose of the grant is to help organizations address a pressing community issue and improve areas such as health, wellness, creativity, culture, education and/or economic security. Priority will be given to grantees which make use of collaborative resources and partners and include local expertise and leadership. More information about Community Grants is available at www.hafoundation.org/grants.
Vera Vietor established the Humboldt Area Foundation in 1972. Since then, more than $80 million in grants and scholarships have been awarded in Humboldt, Del Norte, Curry and Trinity Counties. Humboldt Area Foundation promotes and encourages generosity, leadership and inclusion to strengthen our communities.
(Story by Sierra Jenkins, Lost Coast Outpost)
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'Tis the season of giving … and for Humboldt’s Holiday Funding Partnership, it’s the season of giving grants!
[article by Will Houston, Eureka Times-Standard]
In an effort to improve law enforcement’s relationship with the community, Humboldt County jail staff today underwent training to recognize and prevent bias and to boost cultural awareness, according to sheriff’s office public information specialist Samantha Karges.
sheriff’s office’s programs coordinator Vanessa Vrtiak said the training was not prompted by any incident of bias by sheriff’s office staff, but was rather a proactive step to prevent it from occurring. Vrtiak said there is a need to bridge a gap between law enforcement and the communities it serves, especially in the context of the nationwide attention on police shootings, discrimination and misconduct.
“There are all these tragic stories about people of color that are being killed by police officers and the trust truly has been broken,” Vrtiak said. “And whatever we can do to try and rebuild that trust — I mean if it’s a training like this and hopefully in the future it will be more things we can do — but this is kind of just the start.”
Vrtiak said the training is also important for building cultural awareness, especially because the jail has a high number of Native American inmates.
Humboldt County Chief Probation Officer Bill Damiano said that his probation officers and sheriff’s office jail staff are not required to undergo bias and cultural diversity training like police officers and sheriff’s deputies. However, Damiano said this cultural awareness and bias training has still been held every year in his 29 years with the department.
Damiano said training is only as effective as its ability to be used in real-life situations. Damiano said local tribes and other ethnic groups have unique experiences when dealing with law enforcement agencies, and therefore more dialogue is needed to truly address any biases that exist.
“Until we had those conversations, it didn’t matter what kind of training I had,” Damiano said.
‘A VERY DISTURBING NOTION’
Gathered in the jail briefing room today, a group of about 15 county jail personnel listened to and at times debated the issues of bias with the two instructors: Humboldt Area Foundation Leadership Program Manager and Equity Alliance of the North Coast member Ronald White and Humboldt State University professor of sociology Jennifer Eichstedt.
Eichstedt said they interviewed some of the jail staff prior to the training session about their views on bias, whether it is intentional or an unconscious bias. Many of those they interviewed did not believe they were acting with bias, Eichstedt said, and staff expressed during the training session that they treat all the inmates the same.
“It’s hard to believe when you consciously feel that you’re really, really committed to fairness to also think that you could be acting on biases,” Eichstedt said. “It’s a very disturbing notion because it really challenges your sense of yourself as fair, and nobody likes that. We all really want to see ourselves as fair people.”
At the training, Eichstedt and White would ask correctional staff to talk about what makes them proud about their own identity and whether their identity makes work difficult in any way. Some staff expressed how inmates who were being reprimanded for behavior would pull out a “race card” and ask whether they are being targeted because they are of a certain race.
Some jail staff debated the effectiveness of one exercise where groups were asked to identity positive characteristics about certain races and identities. Some jail staff questioned why some groups were not included in the discussion. Other jail staff questioned whether they were stereotyping these groups even if it was for positive reasons. White said the goal of the exercise was to provide a counter to the negative stereotypes that they may hold.
White said the training is only the beginning step to recognizing that bias is “something that is part of all us.”
“How we begin to approach it and deal with it helps us actually perform our jobs better and helps us in our social interactions,” White said. “Specifically, we’re going to be going through some de-biasing techniques and encouraging them to think through on how to be more conscious and look at the biases that they have.”
White said that after knowledge comes implementation.
“The ultimate goal is for the institution to begin to ask the right kinds of questions about inequities that might occur in our system and put together a plan of action to address them,” White said.
The sheriff’s office is set to hold four more training sessions for jail staff Jan. 3 and Jan. 12.
STATE AND LOCAL APPROACHES
California prohibits racial or identity profiling and requires a state commission to provide guidelines and review how state and local law enforcement agencies are trained to prevent bias.
The state’s Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015 created a board to investigate how state and local agencies address profiling and bias. The act also requires agencies to submit data to the Department of Justice on all stops — meaning any detention or search — they make in the coming years.
The law also requires law enforcement to collect data on citizen complaints about racial or identity profiling.
The Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board released its first annual report Dec. 29, providing an overview of the new requirements and survey data about how law enforcement agencies are addressing profiling and complaints about profiling.
Fortuna Police Chief Bill Dobberstein said they are gearing up for the new requirements, with his department and others in the county having to submit data starting in 2023.
Dobberstein said his officers and peace officers throughout the state are already required to undergo at least two hours of bias training every two years. Bias training is also included as part of a three-day training program at College of the Redwoods Police Academy, Dobberstein said.
Dobberstein said he believes the current training program is effective and that they have received no complaints about identity profiling.
“That would be handled very swiftly internally in the department,” Dobberstein said.
Eureka Police Chief Steve Watson said that Patrol Sgt. Ed Wilson and Field Training Officer Corrie Watson attended a three-day training session in November at the California State University Long Beach Center for Criminal Justice.
“They are currently creating an in-house training workshop for our entire department and will be presenting this early this year,” Watson wrote in an email to the Times-Standard.
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