Equity and Racial Justice Info
NERJ Workshop: Starting with the Self
The first workshop is a two-part series.
Often equity work is seen as something we do “out there” or “with community.” In this session, we ground our equity work in a shared vocabulary and our own stories and identities. We will learn terms and their meanings that are common in equity work. We will also practice vulnerability in our storytelling and how our stories may influence service delivery.
Develop foundational knowledge in key…
Upcoming Equity Trainings
Monthly training series for July, August, & September of 2022
EQUITY-FOCUSED MONTHLY TRAINING SERIES
Join the Network Equity & Racial Justice team for one of our monthly training sessions. Build your knowledge and skills to move equity work forward in your role. Connect with other equity-minded folks. These trainings are for staff and volunteers at RFBs and PAs.
STARTING WITH THE SELF REGISTER HERE
July 12, 2022 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Often equity work is seen as something we do “out there” or…
Project Description: Responding to Incidents of Harm
Developing equity-focused responses to incidents of harm
The Network Equity and Racial Justice team will convene a work group to:
Clarify roles and responsibilities when responding to incidents of harm
Determine the values that will guide the process of responding to incidents of harm
Develop feedback mechanisms about how we are collectively responding to incidents of harm
Develop a process to respond to incidents of harm
Project Description: Client Equity Assessment
Developing and piloting a tool to engage clients in sharing their perspectives.
The Client Equity Assessment Tool seeks to collaborate with community partners outside OFB's Partner Agency Network to invite a representative body of clients to complete the Client Equity Assessment Tool.
The tool will assess four key areas of a client’s experience at OFB partner pantries:
- food preferences,
- client dignity, and
- incidents of harm
The assessment invites feedback and creates a safe channel for food pantry clients to share their experiences when accessing…
Project Description: Workshop Development
Create equity-focused workshops to help build the equity capacity of network members.
The goals of this project are to:
- Develop a series of four (4) trainings focused on equity and racial justice in food banking.
- Engage stakeholders in pilot sessions, generate feedback, and integrate changes to finalize workshop content.
- Deliver finalized workshops on a routine schedule.
Community of Practice
The Community of Practice Program is a 6 month community space intended to convene up to 10 members of Regional Food Banks (RFB) and Partner Agencies (PA) to learn, unlearn and grow skills and understanding around equity practice. This space is dedicated to support participants to drive and shape local equity initiatives across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Twice a month, we will share space facilitated by the Network Equity & Racial Justice (NERJ) team with prepared workshops, lean into discussion, and offer 1:1 coaching. This practice space will provide resources, technical support, and consultation to RFB/PA network members with the goal of ensuring a competent, equity-centered workforce to promote equity initiatives throughout the network.
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The goals of this project are:
- to create space for partner agencies and region food banks to practice and iterate on their equity practice.
- for participants to drive and shape the community we build together
This community of practice will provide resources, trainings, and consultation/technical support to network members.
Project Description: Equity Check-ins
Interviews with RFBs and OFB staff to learn about equity work.
Equity Check-ins are a way for creating connections with Network Equity and Racial Justice Team members and the Statewide Network team.
These conversations will help understand what equity conversations are already underway and what next steps might be helpful.
These conversations will inform the Network Equity and Racial Justice team's work plan.
Project Description: Client Engagement Toolkit Version 2.0
Network Equity and Racial Justice Team Project Description: Client Engagement Toolkit Revamp
Building on the first version of the Client Engagement Toolkit, this revised toolkit, Better Together: A guide to engage community members accessing food sites, will provide resources, ideas, and strategies to engage clients in your food assistance program.
The project will include developing workshops, tools, and resources for Partner Agencies and Regional Food Banks.
POP Shopper Role Description
Program description of the Participant Observation Program (POP) Shopper Role .
Participant Observation Program (POP) recruits volunteers from different cultural backgrounds and demographics to observe food distributions and capture the experiences of recipients accessing services throughout the Oregon Food Bank Network.
The program serves as a tool to:
- investigate claims of improper treatment or unsafe practice
- provides a mechanism to investigate activities negatively impacting those accessing services.
POP Shopper Training serves as a tool to educate…
Workshop Description: Know Your Rights at Food Pantries
The Network Equity and Racial Justice Team is proud to share a workshop: Know Your Rights at Food Pantries
The Network Equity and Racial Justice Team is proud to share a workshop: Know Your Rights at Food Pantries.
In this client-focused workshop, participants will gain knowledge of their rights and responsibilities in accessing food assistance sites. We will share tools on how to locate a pantry in your area and your rights when you use a pantry. We will also discuss how to file a complaint if you experience mistreatment in a pantry.
This 60-minute workshop will help you…
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